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Gilly and I are pretty obsessed with Christmas specials right now. We’ll watch classics old (Charlie Brown, The Grinch, Rudolph – read Rambling and Rumblings examination of this classic and you’ll never watch this holiday treasure in the same way again) and new (Disney’s Prep and Landing, Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special, Holidays in Handcuffs). We love the Hollywood classics (It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas) and the Brit classics (Love, Actually, the Dr. Who Christmas specials).

But really, nothing fills my heart with joy as much as Elf. It’s stupid. It’s ridiculous. It’s the perfect Christmas movie.

What I appreciate most is the absolute sincerity and conviction with which Will Ferrell delivers every single one of his lines. He makes you believe that he could be a grown man-child raised by elves at the North Pole. And during this holiday season, it reminds me once again that perhaps the world would be a better place if everyone shared such wide-eyed innocence and enthusiasm.

The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.

This is a motto I take to heart. I’ve been singing loudly for weeks now. About everything. And now Gilly is so full of Christmas cheer she’s pooping candy canes.

“I just like to smile. Smiling’s my favorite.”

Who can hate a happy elf? Unless…

“He’s an angry elf.”

Which reminds us that we could all stand to be a little more jolly.

The Four Food groups: Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corn, and Syrup.

Guaranteed to make you sick, but doesn’t everything seem a little better when it comes with candy?

“You sit on a throne of lies.”

Take that, crass commercialism!

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

My favorite seasonal song. Wouldn’t we all feel a little bit closer to our loved ones if we sang a duet with them?

“Francisco! That’s fun to say.”

It really is. Try it. So is Gilly’s favorite phrase, “Jolly Toots.” You should try that too!

“First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookiedough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle.”

And really, doesn’t that sound like the perfect day to you?

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I don’t believe in things. It is a character flaw that I’ve had since I was young. I never believed in:

Santa Claus — My little sister believed until 2nd grade!

Tooth Fairy — I knew who to see if the payment system was not up to par.

Jesus — Turns out I was very wrong about this. He was definitely a real person.

Aliens Visiting Earth — Y UFO no go 2 NYC?

A Good Every Day Conditioner — I have recently given up on my search. I’m not bitter… (I am!)

But I do believe in Christmas!! I love the white lights, picking the perfect tree, the warm fire, wishing strangers a happy holiday, Christmas pajamas, Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, and wrapped packages under a fir tree. Seriously, who thought, “I know! Let’s wrap presents and put them under a pine tree?” My hero is who!

We went all the way to New Hampshire to pick our balsam fir. It is the perfect one! I love it! And, also, I love Christmas!

Christmastime is here!

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