Why 'Elf' Is The Best Christmas Movie

Why 'Elf' Is The Best Christmas Movie

Because we all secretly want to be friends with Buddy the Elf

When Christmas comes around, there are so many things that must be done for it to actually feel like the holidays. This list differs depending on the person; whether they choose to bake cookies or go Christmas caroling is entirely up to them. But there is one thing that is on (or should be on!) everyone’s Christmas to-do lists: watch Elf.

Considering Elf was released in 2004, it is holding its ground against other Christmas classics that have been around since the 80s and 90s, like The Santa Clause and Christmas Vacation. Maybe it’s because of the adorable innocence Buddy the Elf has, or just simply the humor. It has quickly become a staple to the holiday season.

It’s impossible to watch Elf without having a smile plastered on your face. Some scenes just never get old…like Buddy exploring New York for the first time (hello, ABC gum and “World’s Best Cup of Coffee”), or Buddy’s encounter with an “angry elf”, his father’s superior from work.

What makes Elf unique is its appeal to our emotions. We are instantly in love with Buddy from the opening scene of him as a baby in an orphanage, and enlightened at the joyful and energetic vibe that is present at the North Pole. There is even a love story intertwined in it, and it definitely helps that it includes Zoey Deschanel.

Another reason why it’s the best is the settings are absolutely perfect. It first starts out in the North Pole, which is so cute decked out with its miniature elf furniture, jolly elves and Frosty the Snowman (and Mr. Narwhal)! We can’t forget to mention the classic ‘cotton-headed-ninny-muggins’ terminology.

Then it moves to New York, which in my opinion is as close as we get to the North Pole in the US. Buddy explores all the must-see locations including: the tree and ice skating at Rockefeller Center, Central Park and Gimbals (aka Macy’s). New York at Christmas is guaranteed to bring instant cheer!

Buddy’s quirks are some of the best parts of the movie. His “cooking”, which consists of spaghetti topped with every candy/sweet in the pantry, his fear of the escalators, the meaningful “presents” he gives his dad… the list goes on, but it’s clear that Buddy’s love and excitement for Christmas and life are infectious to everyone, including the audience.

Buddy’s dad, Walter, starts out on the naughty list, much to Buddy’s disappointment. But with Buddy’s unwavering love and loyalty, he starts to warm up his cold-hearted father, and ends with him on the nice list (this gives us all hope!). The movie ends with Buddy’s family, including his father, mother and younger brother on better terms than ever, all thanks to Buddy’s love and help.

It was Elf that taught us the three values of Christmas…that we can (possibly) implement into the rest of the year! 1. Treat every day like Christmas, 2. There’s room for everyone on the nice list, and 3. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!

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Dear Shondaland, You Made A Mistake Because April Kepner Deserves Better

"April Kepner... you're not average"

I'll admit from the first time we were introduced to April in Season 6, I didn't like her so much. I mean we hated the "Mercy Westers" in the first place, so how could we see the potential in the annoying, know-it-all resident that was trying to compete with our beloved Lexie Grey.

But then, we saw her come face-to-face with a killer and thought maybe she had potential.

We then saw her surprise everyone when she proved to be the next trauma surgeon in the making and we were intrigued.

Notice how none of these stories had anything to do with Jackson Avery. Not that we didn't love her with Jackson, but for whatever reason you've chosen to end their very popular relationship. Suddenly, you think that April is not worth further exploration but you've forgotten one simple thing. We fell in love with her before "Japril" was ever in the picture.

We love her because her story was unlike the others and she had one of the best character developments on the show. She wasn't damaged like Meredith Grey or Alex Karev who have been on their journey to become all whole and healed, but she still had to fight hard to be taken seriously. Her story has so much potential for future development, but you've decided to throw it all away for "creative reasons."

I'm sorry, but there's nothing creative about doing the exact same thing you've done to all the other characters who have left the show. We've endured the loss of many beloved characters when you chose to write off George, Henry, Mark, and Lexie. We even took it when you did the unthinkable and wrote McDreamy out of the show - killing off one half of the leading couple. (WHO DOES THAT???)

But April Kepner? Are you kidding me?

She may no longer be with Jackson, but she was so much more than half of Japril. While most of us hate that Jackson and April are over, we probably could have dealt with it if April was still on the show. Now they're done and you think there aren't any more stories to tell about her character. Why? Because she'll just get in the way of Jackson and Maggie?

How could you not see that she was way more than Jackson's love interest?

She's so much more than you imagined her to be. April is the headstrong, talented trauma surgeon no one saw coming. The farmer's daughter started off an ugly duckling who became a soldier because she needed to be one and turned into one big beautiful swan who constantly has to fight for her coworkers and family to see her as such.

She's proven to be a soldier and swan on many occasions. Just take giving birth to her daughter in a storm on a kitchen table during an emergency c-section without any numbing or pain medication as an example. If she wasn't a soldier or a swan before, how could she not be after that?

Yet, you - the ones who created her - still see her as the ugly duckling of a character because she always had to take the backseat to everyone else's story and was never allowed to really be seen.

But we see her.

She's the youngest of her sisters who still think of her as the embarrassing little Ducky no matter how much she's grown.

This swan of a resident got fired for one mistake but came back fighting to prove she belongs. Not only did April Kepner belong there, but it was her talent, her kindness, her strength that made her Chief Resident. This simply wasn't enough for Dr. Bailey or her other residents so she fought harder.

She endured the pressure but always ended up being a joke to the others. When she was fired yet again, your girl came back a little shaken. She doubted herself, but how could she not when everyone was against her.

Despite everyone telling her she couldn't, she did rise and no one saw her coming because she remained in the background. She went off to Jordan broken and came back a pretty risky trauma surgeon.

We've watched for years as she was handed promising stories that we never got to see fully develop because she was in the background. We never got to see her rise. We get the beginning and the end, but hardly ever the middle.

I thought we were finally going to have an amazing story arc in season 11 when she loses Samuel, but what did we really get? Two or three episodes of her coming to terms with the loss of her baby and then April's disappearance from the show while she's grieving off screen so that Dr. Amelia Shepherd can shine her first season on the show. Where is April's life-changing surgeries? What does April get? She's background music.

Now what?

It's season 14 and we finally get the story we've been waiting 9 years for! We get Dark April and her crisis of faith. A story arc all Christians can appreciate. Here's the chance for real character development in the foreground, but wait...

Before her story is even wrapped up, you announce that this season will be her last. So we're forced to realize that the only reason we're getting this story now is that you're writing her off.

No matter how you end it, it's not going to do her story justice. If you kill her off to end her crisis of faith story, you're not reaching the many Christians who watch the show. If you have her leaving Seattle and taking Harriet with her, you didn't know April. If you have her leaving Seattle and abandoning Harriet, you really didn't know April. So anyway you choose to end her story, you lost out on one great character.

You messed up.

Both April Kepner and Sarah Drew deserved better.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Floating

You caught me in the clouds.

Hey y'all. Today I figured I would grace you with one of my poems instead of an interesting listicle or a relevant article giving life advice. 'Cause sometimes you just feel like sharing some form of fiction, or you have a super busy week and you forgot that your deadline was tomorrow, so you choose one of your poems from your notebook as your weekly article. Either way, I hope y'all enjoy!

"will you catch me if i fall?"

"of course"

so i stepped off my balcony

into the sky

and you caught me in the clouds

and there we floated

but then your arms got tired

and your mind started to wander

and you forgot about me

so you dropped me

and i fell to earth

but although i shouted

no one was there to catch me

a second time

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