Would You Rather: Watch Elf or A Christmas Story?

In our house these days, we are all about the holiday movies. We scour the ABC Family daily schedule deciding among such classics as Frosty the Snowman 2 (where Frosty takes a wife) and The Muppets Christmas Carol (with Michael Caine playing a very convincing Ebenezer Scrooge).

But when we are choosing a movie to watch as a family, there are two films that never fail to disappoint and hold up year after year in our home.

Elf and A Christmas Story.

We find ourselves quoting the films and even debating each and every year about whether this is the year we should finally break down and get my dad the leg lamp we know he secretly really wants.

Is there anything funnier in the world than Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf?

I honestly wish smiling was my favorite, too Buddy. But, alas, it is not.

And then we come to A Christmas Story, which is such a classic that TNT runs it for 24 hours straight every single Christmas. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite part, but this scene definitely makes my children do the deep, falling over on the couch belly laugh.

                                    Oh Ralphie, I feel your pain.

I got to thinking the other day as we were debating between watching Elf or A Christmas Story for the 37th time this month what I would do if I could only watch one of these movies each year. Which one would I choose? And what if I knew I were locked into that decision forever? Like I couldn’t alternate each year? That would make it so much worse.

I feel like if I have to suffer through these hypothetical scenarios, then you have to suffer, too. When I asked Lisa what her answer would be, she pretended she didn’t hear me. She tried to refuse to choose an answer, like this was just some game we were playing for fun or something, but I reminded her of the stakes…pretty sure it was something about peace on earth and goodwill to all men. She finally gave in and chose Elf. If push came to shove, I would have to choose A Christmas Story.

We are a split decision over here at The Dose of Reality. So, we are looking to our Dose Peeps for answers. Which movie would you choose if you could only watch one?

Would you rather watch Elf or A Christmas Story?


Would You Rather: Watch Elf or A Christmas Story? — 72 Comments

  1. Will Ferrell is SO boring to me *Yawn*… same stuff just a different named movie (besides Talladega Nights&only b/c it’s NASCAR) so I have to go “A Christmas Story”. This one was a good would you rather post 🙂 my Dose girls XO!

  2. This is way too hard!!! I’m really at a loss. I want to somehow do a mash-up of the two b/c each is so awesome in it’s own way. With a gun to my head? Because I’m sure it would come to that, I’d have to choose A Christmas Story! Can’t wait for the 24 hour marathon 🙂

  3. Honestly, this is tough one and love both of these movies to pieces. Now, if you threw in Christmas Vacation, I would totally go with Chevy Chase and his wacky family, because seriously my all-time favorite this time of the year, but these two, I am not sure I could decide either!

  4. Oh the agony you ladies put us through! This is one of the hardest Would You Rather choices EVER. Are you sure the decision is FOREVER? I hate to think of missing out on one of these classics (yes, Elf is a modern day classic) for the rest of my days. And I don’t know if I can deny my sweet daughters one of these movies. Before I make this heartwrenching decision, I have to say, especially after meeting you in person, that I can totally see Ashley delivering this beautiful line to Will Ferrell with a straight face: I honestly wish smiling was my favorite, too Buddy. But, alas, it is not.

    OK, time to shatter a piece of my heart forever. Even though my 4 y/o would LOVE Elf at this age, I think I have to go with A Christmas Story. When she’s older and can fully appreciate the genius behind it, I’m sure Bean will forgive me.

  5. This may not be fair because (I’m a little ashamed to admit) I’ve never seen Elf but I could never, ever, ever give up all of the classic scenes from The Christmas Story for Will Farrell. Even playing the part of a lovable elf. Just not a fan. So, The Christmas Story it is!

  6. Oh you two with these “Sophie Choices” (of course in that movie Meryl had to choose between two children but why quibble!) OK, I”m going to go with Elf because I just laugh like a fool every time I see it. I’m sorry to A Christmas Story, because I do love you too! xo

  7. Easy one! I hate A Christmas Story so bad I used to get stomacheaches during Christmastime because I knew it was going to be on TBS one of these days and my whole family would have to sit and watch it. It’s the worst. I grew up and moved out and have never watched it since.

    Elf, on the other hand, I watch every year on the day after halloween to ring in the christmas season!

  8. This is a hard one I love Will Ferell but I am going to have go with the classic a Christmas Story I have watched it every yr along with Mircale on 34th street and I can’t get enough. Elf is funny but can’t replace the classic

  9. OK, well, I haven’t seen Elf, so I feel like I can’t make an educated decision here. Of course, lack of knowledge and information have never stopped me from making a decision before, so I’m just gonna pick A Christmas Story. The known is a better choice than the unknown!

  10. No question. No decision. ELF. << Favorite movie EVER
    You ladies know how I love you, and I know how you love me (ding) so I hope this doesn't put a barrier in our relationship, but *whispers* I don't like "A Christmas Story." *runs and hides*

  11. Hmmmmm . . this sure is a tough one! I am actually not a huge fan of either movie (or any movie I have watched 500 bazillion times). But, if I had to, Iwould probably choose Elf. Then, my husband would divorce be for having forsaken his beloved A Christmas Story, so maybe I should go with that one??? (I think he secretly still wants a Red Rider BB Gun.)

  12. It’s a tough choice, but I would have to say A Christmas Story. It has more years of loyalty built in. I can’t imagine the season without it and Christmas Vacation.

  13. That’s a tough one. My husband insists on tuning in to 24 Hours of A Christmas Story every year, so I’ve seen it about fifty times. I’ve only seen Elf two or three times, so I’d have to go with Elf. If I watched it once a year for the rest of my life, I might be able to catch up.

  14. You know, I don’t think I’ve ever seen A Christmas Story, but I have seen Elf. I suppose that doesn’t give me the ability to make an educated decision. However, if you had White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street (the old one) choice going on, then we’d have a dilemma!

  15. I’ve had to spend more time away from my blog recently than I’d have liked to, but it’s been so much fun to return recently, because of all of the fun holiday posts like this one! Hey, this is a no brainer for me–ELF, hands down! I just never have been able to adjust to the vibe in A Christmas Story, for some reason. Plus, everyone should be like Buddy!

  16. I know that you are going to think I’m off but I don’t like A Christmas Story. I get agitated that it’s on when I could be watching Elf. But I’m such a huge Elf fan I start tweeting about it on Thanksgiving and don’t stop until January.

  17. “Tell the kid to take it off!” Excuse me? You have a voice. You tell him to take it off. Gotta go with Elf. The spaghetti with maple syrup, the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup, walk through the candy cane forest, the world’s best cup of coffee, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear …
    Not a pink bunny in sight.
    Poor Ralphie indeed.

  18. Yeah Elf for me. I have never liked A Christmas Story, ever. It has just never appealed to me in the least. Truth I could watch Adam Sandler’s 8 crazy nights on repeat I love that as well.. but ya know Elf is a close second.. oh oh oh or National Lampoon Christmas.. hands down favorite

  19. Christmas Story, for sure. We stumbled across it just after it started showing. I thought based on the title it would be another sappy Christmas movie. But it was so unexpectedly funny, I got hooked. Have to watch it every year.

  20. ELF hands down! I really like a Christmas Story but the physical comedy of Elf and the lesson the movie teaches not only makes me laugh but feel warm and fuzzy at the same time. :-)) Not to mention my kids also “get” Elf whereas we watched A Christmas Story and they both fell asleep! LOL! Maybe it’ll resonate better when they are older. . .

  21. I like the Christmas story, but haven’t watched it in forever. My husband makes us watch Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase every year! And off topic…both James and Cole were sent home last night and I don’t think I am going to watch the finale….I’m so sad. 🙁

  22. Elf for me. You’re going to think I’m nuts but I never recovered from the networks playing A Christmas Story 24/7 year after year. If I ever see it again, I might feel sick!!
    And I love me some Elf.

  23. I almost skipped reading the post all together and went straight to tell you my answer, but then I realized I’d miss out on the Dose humor. Don’t want to do that! My answer is A Christmas Story. It is a classic. Period. There is a reason they play it for 24 hours on Christmas. Love that movie!

  24. I have to go with Elf. I can’t stop laughing when I watch that movie. And for the record, the world would probably be a better place if smiling was all of our favorites. 🙂

  25. Ummm….I’ve never watched A Christmas Story straight through. Every year when they start running it, Chris turns it on and it is always the same scenes – either the soap or BB gun. (Chris is appalled that I won’t watch the whole thing.) So, it’s gonna be Elf for me.

  26. *sigh* I think I’m about to get banned from society here, because I’m going to admit something crazy. I have never seen Elf nor A Christmas Story. I know! Right? What kind of weird human being am I? I have no idea. I have no excuse!

  27. ELF! I only say that because I’ve never seen Christmas Story…I had to go back and check to see if it is “A” Christmas Story, “The” Christmas Story, or just plain Christmas Story. Sorry, I guess I have to watch it before my vote actually counts on this poll.

  28. I guess I would choose A Christmas Story. I began seeing that movie when I was just a little kid, but Elf wasn’t made until I was an adult, so A Christmas Story is more of an important Christmas memory for me!

  29. Elf, but I love A Christmas Story, too. And Christmas Vacation, and Love Actually, and….you know. All of them.
    “Buddy the Elf. What’s your favorite color?”

  30. I am honestly surprised at how many of you haven’t seen A Christmas Story…y’all, seriously, I wasn’t kidding. It is on for 24 hours straight on Christmas day! 😉

  31. If I said I could do without both, can we still be friends? I can’t stand Christmas Story, and Elf is fine but I don’t feel the need to watch it and rewatch it. My favorite Christmas movie is Miracle on 34th Street. The original!

  32. I would have to go with ELF! He’s so funny as Buddy the Elf…
    I’ve never been a Christmas Story fan and as a matter of fact, it used to scare me! Must have been the narrator’s voice since i did watch it when I was a child.


  33. Honestly, I’ve seen neither of them. But if I had to choose between two movies I really loved, I’d definitely be in the dilemma you’re in now. I guess I’d pick the both of them, because I can’t pick between favorites. 😛

  34. I found you via Jeanne @ Blue Jeans & T-Shirts. 🙂 I must admit, I was never a Will Ferrell fan until I watched Elf. Now it’s one of my Christmas favorites. I’ve never been a fan of A Christmas Story. I really try every single year I try to watch it, hoping that something will change my mind. Perhaps one year!

  35. Love them both, but Elf definitely gives me more belly laughs than ACS. BUT!!! There’s a house around the corner from me that has scenes from the movie set up in the front yard. It’s nothing short of amazeballs.

  36. Hands down, I would pick “A Christmas Story”. My husband hates both movies, the Grinch, but I grew up watching Christmas Story and can’t imagine a Christmas without it!

  37. HA! This one is easy! I haven’t seen A Christmas Story…so definitely that one. I have seen Elf and funny as he is, I find Will a little disturbing at times. Maybe I have a crappy sense of humor. Please don’t hate me.

  38. So I’m one of those weirdos who has NEVER seen a Christmas Story. So because I still have yet to see it and have seen Elf twice, I would go with a Christmas Story (hopefully it’s worth it, though if it plays for 24 hours straight I imagine it is!)

  39. I gotta go with A Christmas Story. My family has always watched that one, even before it was on ALL day long. And it still makes me laugh so hard, every time! Elf is cute and all but that scene where the neighbor dogs chow down on their turkey in ACS trumps all!! 😀

  40. Elf! I still belly-laugh when he is in the bathroom singing and runs into the door. “You must be from the South Pole.” And when he jumps to put the star on the tree…Haha! But…A Christmas Story was ruined for me so I am biased. We had to dissect and write a paper on all the themes in the movie. I think she thought it was clever but it really ruined it for me.

  41. My girls and I have already decided to watch Elf again tomorrow night because of this post…so maybe my vote will change!

  42. I would definitely choose Elf because it’s more of a family friendly movie. It has the ability to keep all age groups happy and go lucky throughout the movie. That is also the type of personality I want throughout the house on the holiday season.

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