A Christmas lesson

Published 7:00 am Thursday, December 24, 2015

Between the sparkly lights hanging from rooftops and Christmas carols playing on the radio, magic is in the air during Christmastime. One of my favorite Christmas pastimes is cozying up on the couch with hot cocoa while watching Christmas movies. My favorite Christmas movies include, “White Christmas,” “Love Actually,” “Elf,” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Those movies all center on the love, hope and forgiveness found during the holiday season.
“Elf” has to be my favorite Christmas movie. The film centers on Buddy the Elf, a human who was raised by elves in the North Pole after accidently crawling into Santa Claus’s red bag of toys as a baby one Christmas Eve. After learning that he’s, in fact, human, Buddy journeys to New York City in search of his true identity and real father.
Buddy described his journey to New York City in the film, saying, “I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel.”
It’s hard not to love Buddy and his childlike innocence, which many adults grow out of.
Throughout the film, Buddy consumes syrup with spaghetti, walks around the city wearing his elf uniform and shares some Christmas spirit with people who’ve forgotten the true meaning of Christmas, including his father.
Throughout the year, we face certain obstacles and feel as though hope is nowhere in sight.
Whether we’re dealing with a financial crisis or sickness, the holidays have a way of restoring faith in others and ourselves.
Through movies like “Elf,” we learn what really matters in this world after seeing the characters on screen make mistakes and learn from them.
If we all look at the world through Buddy’s innocent eyes, there’s no telling what we might see.
Throughout the course of the film, Buddy enjoys every aspect of his day, whether it’s visiting his dad at work or picking fights with strangers without meaning to, Buddy truly lives in the moment and doesn’t take anything for granted, especially love and family.
This Christmas Eve, gather around the television with a movie that reminds you and your loved ones about the true meaning of Christmas.

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