Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day

Answer the Telephone Like Buddy the Elf Day is a holiday that falls on December 18th and encourages everyone to answer their phone like one of the most iconic Christmas movie characters to grace the silver screen in the last 20+ years.

For anyone who doesn’t know what we’re talking about, Buddy the Elf is a character from the 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell called “Elf.” In the movie, when Buddy answers the phone, he whimsically says, “Buddy the Elf; what’s your favorite color?”

It’s a line that’s so iconic, that people have not only been repeating it ever since but they’ve also decided to give it its own holiday—a holiday where everyone can have some holiday fun.

Fun Holiday Facts About The Movie Elf

Since we’re talking about a holiday that celebrates a movie character from Elf, we thought we’d give some fun holiday trivia about this movie to anyone who wants it. The following facts are what we uncovered during our research on this holiday.

  • The script for the movie was written in 1993 by David Berenbaum.
  • Jim Carrey was originally lined up for the lead role instead of Will Ferrell.
  • Will Ferrell once worked as a mall Santa.
  • Will Ferrell turned down $29 million for the sequel, Elf 2.

Observing Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day

Anyone who wants to observe this holiday can do so by picking up the phone and answering in the “style” of Buddy the Elf. It doesn’t have to be a word-for-word rehash of what Will Ferrell’s character said in the movie.

It just entails introducing yourself as Buddy the Elf, followed by a question with no relevance. After you annoy (oh, we mean delight) people all day with this shtick, you can then use the hashtag #AnswerThePhoneLikeBuddyTheElfDay to do the same on your social media accounts.

When is it?
This year (2024)
December 18 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
December 18 Thursday
Last year (2023)
December 18 Monday
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