Let's start with one of our favorite Christmas movies, for kids and adults alike: Will Ferrell's Elf, about a man who gets adopted by elves when he crawls into Santa's toy sack as a baby. The movie, which also stars Zooey Deschanel,

target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">James Caan, and Mary Steenburgen, is certainly a favorite to all modern believers in Santa -- but few of us have stopped laughing at Will Ferrell long enough to notice just how naughty this little elf is. First of all, Buddy the Elf travels from the North Pole through Canada and into the United States all without a passport, which is breaking international law. Then, Buddy jaywalks a lot (which is a minor crime, but still not one that kids should think is acceptable), gets employment without paperwork indicating his identity (meaning he's evading taxes), he vandalizes/procures inventory from Gimbels, and he aids in Santa's evasion from park rangers when he crashes an unregistered aircraft into Central Park. Sure, Buddy's not from here -- but ignorance of the law is no excuse for violating it.

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