28 Elf gifs that perfectly narrate a musician's Christmas

13 December 2017, 14:19

Will Ferrell in Elf the movie

By Amy MacKenzie

A musician's Christmas, narrated by Elf...

Christmas is coming, which for many is a time to start winding down for the holidays, drink mulled wine, go ice skating, eat as much food as humanly possible, watch Christmas films and generally be merry.

Sounds like a wonderful life, but in reality it's closer to the nightmare before Christmas...

...Because if you’re a musician, you don’t get to do any of that. If you’re a musician, the next month will consist of rehearsals, rehearsals, rehearsals with a side portion of carol concerts. 

Here’s our favourite elf to illustrate the struggles of being a musician over the Christmas period…

1. When it’s the 1st December and you start making your Christmas activity plans

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2. But then you remember you’re a musician and you don’t get to have the same Christmas fun as everyone else

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3. When you’re already in the Christmas spirit but you’ve still got three weeks of rehearsals left

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4. When the choirmaster says it’s too early for Hark the Herald

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5. When your desk partner can’t get it right

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6. When your conductor schedules four extra rehearsals the week before Christmas

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7. When every weeknight in December is another random carol concert

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8. When you go back to your day job and get told off for singing in the office

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9. When your conductor says you’ll run through Ding Dong Merrily on High just ONE more time

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10. When you finally get home after rehearsing 6-10pm

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11. When your friends question why you're rehearsing so much

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12. When the brass section fail to turn up

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13. When endless ballet runs infiltrate your daily vocabulary 

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14. When you come in farrr too early for your solo

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15. When your conductor has the flu and a guest conductor shows up

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16. When the altos FINALLY nail O Come All Ye Faithful

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17. When you have to record a Christmas album in August

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18. When you finally pluck up the courage to talk to that cute soprano

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19. And when you finally ask her out on a date

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20. When the conductor makes you stand up and run through your solo in front of EVERYONE

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21. When your conductor says you need to look cheerier during your sixth performance of The Twelve Days of Christmas

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22. When the soprano ornaments 'Rejoice Greatly' in Handel’s Messiah

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23. When the conductor lets you leave rehearsals early on the 23rd December

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24. When the programme has Holst’s In the Bleak Midwinter instead of Darke’s

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25. When you go to your office Christmas party instead of a rehearsal

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26. When the final concert is finished

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27. When you have to say goodbye to your choir pals after the last concert, they’ve been your family for the last month

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28. When Classic FM switches on the Sound of Christmas 

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Merry Christmas to all musicians!

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