Elf is one of the first Christmas movies to make its way onto my TV every December. It’s one of my favorites, and it is on while we put up the tree every year.

This trailer made me get creeped out by Buddy the Elf, and I might never look at him the same way again.

I am not sharing this video to try to ruin this holiday classic for you, but instead to highlight the power of editing. I think this video shows how much our perception of a thing comes from the composition, not the components.

I will keep this example in mind the next time I am having trouble with a lesson, or when someone does not understand my message. I will remember that I may be the one who needs to change something, not the other party.

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