Why Do We Love The Elf?

Last week our church started a series where they relate a Christmas movie to the bible. The pastor chose the movie Elf. If you haven’t seen it, you are truly missing out. It’s about an orphan Buddy, that sneaks into Santa’s bag and accidentally is transported to the North Pole. He loves it there but since he is human sized, and to be honest a little annoying, he never truly fits in. He finds out that his real dad lives in New York, so he decides to go find his real family and live happily ever after. So off he goes, a grown man, in an elf costume roaming Manhattan. What could possibly go wrong?

Elf came out in 2003 and grossed 220 million dollars worldwide. My children loved it, Dave and I loved it, and my mom watched it for the first-time last week and fell in love with it too. Elf is a funny movie, it really is, but there are so many funny Christmas movies like Home Alone, The Santa Claus, Jingle All The Way, Scrooged, The Grinch, and I can go on.  So why does Elf steal our hearts?

It’s clearly the innocence of Buddy. I read that in an earlier version of the movie that the elves turned on Buddy and things got pretty mean. The director decided to remove those scenes because he thought that it would be impossible for Buddy to go to New York and face the disgust, disdain, and disapproval he did, without being resentful. He had to come there pure of heart so that he could face adversity and yet continue to be loving, innocent, and positive.

So of course, that made me think about life and that at one point we were probably all Buddy. I know I must have been. But then someone tells us we are not good enough and we believe them. Or we don’t get the grade we hoped for, again. Or our parents, teachers, or coaches, irresponsibly make comments that define who we are, and often who we become.  There’s a scene in Elf when Buddy meets the Gimbles version of Santa, and he is clearly not Santa. He had been so excited to see him, so he was quite disturbed when he showed up smelling like beef and cheese and not like love and Christmas cookies. Distraught he turns to the fake Santa and says “You sit on a throne of lies!” Boy I wish I had said that to so many people along the way. Maybe if I did, I’d be more like Buddy more of the time and less like the Grinch.

I wish that the director would have erased that first scene from all of our lives that was titled, “You Are Not Good Enough”. But that is not how life works. So I challenge you all, and I always take my challenge myself, to try to remember that first scene and all the ones that came after, and scream out, “You sit on a throne of lies!”. Do it as many times as you need to, and then I challenge you to walk back out into the world with a Buddy heart, loving, innocent, and positive.

The next time we speak it will be January 2024!! I pray that your highs this year will so outweigh your lows, and that you will always feel loved, protected, and cherished.

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