Go Elf Yourself! The Bettys Elf Themselves at the New York Stock Exchange
To celebrate the holidays, OfficeMax and ElfYourself.com invited us to dress up as elves and help ring the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange.
-Faye Brennan and Justin DeMarco
Elfing yourself is cool. Ellen Degeneres, Bill O’Reilly, and our very own grandmothers have turned themselves into dancing elves. OK, that last one was a lie, but our grandmas could elf themselves with just a click of a button on ElfYourself.com. Brought to you by OfficeMax and powered by JibJab, ElfYourself is a free, animated holiday e-card starring you, your cat, or anyone else you have a photo of. The hilarious website has become a viral video sensation – over 193 million people elfed themselves in 2009!
So, you can imagine our excitement when we were invited by OfficeMax to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as “honorary elves.” You could say we hopped (or whatever elves do) at the opportunity. It sounded like a once-in-a-lifetime experience – it’s not everyday a BettyConfidential.com assistant editor and a love and sex writer’s presence are requested at the NYSE.
After all, how hard could it actually be to wear an elf costume, dance a little bit, and ring a bell?
For Justin, the mere act of changing into the elf costume proved difficult. As an average-sized (5’11, 180 pounds, size 12 shoe) guy, he had some major elfin’ wardrobe issues. His red and white stockings (you did read that correctly, he wore stockings for the first time) only reached the top of his knee. Then, he couldn’t fit his sneakers inside the elf shoes and had to have a fellow elf stretch a pair of the green elf shoes out for him. Meanwhile, Faye found herself swimming in a costume that was three sizes too big (yes, she had to staple her belt closed), and awkwardly stood out as one of the only blonde elves. Are there no fair-haired shorties in the North Pole?