I just like to smile–smiling’s my favorite.

When you ask people about their favorite Christmas movies, you can typically expect the usual suspects. Traditionalists may turn to It’s a Wonderful Life and action junkies are quick to remind you that Die Hard is the best Christmas movie of all time. Another movie that oftentimes makes these sorts of lists is Elf from 2003, a film that has continued to grow a cult following since its original release 14 years ago.

I think a big part of its appeal is that we think it is absolutely outrageous for someone who appears to be a fully grown man to act like an utter child. Buddy the Elf, played by Will Ferrell, is filled with this childlike innocence and he goes about his day with eyes full of wonder. And is that really so bad?

It is from a child that we learn the sad, little tree isn’t so bad at all. Maybe it just needs a little love. and maybe we should all smile more. While it is true that our internal experience directly impacts our outward appearance (i.e., when you’re happy, you smile), the reverse is also true. If you choose to smile more, you might be happier too.

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

The Grinch learned that Christmas doesn’t come from a store. And Garfield reminded us that the holiday season isn’t about the giving or the getting either. It’s the loving. It’s being around people who care about one another and sharing in our merriment.

And if your nieces and nephews are embarrassed by your ugly sweater and your off-tune rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” that’s on them. Now, be a dear and pass me the eggnog, won’t you?

What’s your favorite Christmas movie or Christmas TV special? Do you have a favorite quote too?