After Will Ferrell‘s Buddy the Elf passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gumdrops, and then walked through the Lincoln Tunnel on a quest to find his dad, he found himself on an even bigger mission: to remind people about the spirit of Christmas.
Sometimes the stress of life or general apathy can lead to a lack of enthusiasm for the holidays, so take a few tips from Buddy and Elf (which is a part of the Warner Bros. Holiday Gift Guide) for spreading Christmas cheer to even the crustiest Scrooge.
The Holiday Spirit Begins With A Smile
Not in the creepy “You’d be so much prettier if you smiled” way, but a genuine expression of goodwill to your fellow man. It’s an easy and contagious way to spread a little cheer. Smiling might not be your favorite, but it’s hard to say no to this much infectious joy.
Put Your Friends At Ease With Your Lack Of Inhibitions
Your average Scrooge tends to be a bit uptight, so put them at ease by looking as silly as possible. After a while, awkwardness will give way to giggles, and even a grouch will be charmed. You may get thrown out of a department store or two, but it’s probably worth it.
Treat Every Situation With The Enthusiasm It Deserves
Christmas is not the time to half ass it. Nobody had a good holiday by being apathetic, so if you throw yourself into each activity with as much enthusiasm as possible, you’ll definitely have a better holiday. Accusing mall Santas of smelling like beef and cheese might be a bit over the line, but it’s all in service of the holidays.
Be Sure To Include Everyone In Your Joy
The holidays can be a little lonely for people who are far away from friends and family, so be sure to keep an eye out for a stray or two. You may get scratched, but spreading joy is worth the risk. Just be sure to be up to date on your rabies shots.
Christmas Isn’t Christmas Without Awesome Decorations
It doesn’t have to be fancy, but decking the halls with boughs of holly, or whatever Christmas foliage you so desire, goes a long way. Decorating your home can be a fun way to spend time with the family, but remember to be safe in the process. Death defying leaps and improvised parkour are not the best methods of ornament hanging.
The Key To The Holidays Is Kindness
Even the grouchiest Scrooge appreciates a bit of kindness. Whether it’s something as simple as a compliment, a cup of hot chocolate, or a singing Christmas-gram, kindness is key.