In recent years my wife and I have created our own festive tradition of marking the start of Christmas by watching Elf on Channel 4. A lot of planning went into our viewing pleasure – we’d start the day by heading to B&Q for our tree, where I’d spend a good 20 minutes looking at each tree and then finally deciding on The One ( i.e. the one my wife wanted). We would then head back home to decorate it, fuelled by some festive snacks. For me only three sort of snacks can be eaten while decorating a tree: Twiglets, cheesy footballs and Hula Hoops; then to drink it has to be Baileys, the taste of Christmas!
So, scene set, we’d settle down to Elf. This has to be my favourite pre-Christmas movie ever. Even more than the Muppets Christmas Carol but this year the ritual has been broken by Sky. To be honest I can’t work out why they would break this Christmas tradition which has grown over the year and I can’t see why anyone would subscribe to Sky just for that movie, Ho hum!
As a tribute to my festive favourite, here are my best Elf quotes (feel free to leave yours in the comments!):
“First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookie-dough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle.”
“Have you seen these toilets?! THEY’RE GINORMOUS!”
“Santa! Oh My God! Santa’s coming! I know him, I know him!”
“You Stink. You smell like beef and cheese! You don’t smell like Santa!”
“Son of a nutcracker!”
….I will stop now as I could go on for ages! Now, where did I put that bottle of Baileys…