TikTok trend explained: Santa's coming to town

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The festive season is almost upon us and, with Christmas trees and tunes, holiday TikTok trends are also here.

Some people tend to have a little more festive spirit than others and the soundbite doing the rounds on TikTok is an oldie but a goodie.

Taking an iconic line from a well-loved Christmas film, TikTok users have found a way to apply a scene from Elf to any situation. 

TikTok users are getting into the festive spirit.
TikTok users are getting into the festive spirit. Source: TikTok

What is the actual trend?

Although some TikTokkers are using it in a holiday context, others are using the soundbite to describe times when things quickly escalated or someone was a bit too keen.

Users have taken the soundbite and used it for anything from decorating the Christmas tree to describing their excitement for a holiday or even the release of the next Spiderman movie.

Where does the trend come from?

The soundbite comes from a scene from the classic 2003 Christmas film Elf, starring Will Farrell. 

The film is a holiday favourite and follows a human man called Buddy, who was raised as an elf and just really, really, loves Christmas, who is desperately trying to spread festive joy as he looks for his biological (human) father.

What happens in the original

In the original clip, the man in the store can be heard telling the staff, dressed as elves to help "Santa" with his in-store visit, "okay people, tomorrow morning Santa 10am, Santa's coming to town," before Buddy excitedly screams: "SANTA. OH MY GOD!"

In the videos, users mouth along with the words from the film, with a written explanation of the scenario beside them, ie: "Being told I'm going to be a big brother."

When Buddy yells "SANTA, OH MY GOD!", the person writes the reaction (or overreaction) screaming at the camera.

Why is it so popular?

The scene is a memorable part of the film and nostalgic for anyone who grew up watching it.

It's also a humorous and funny overreaction to something and can be used to make fun of situations where someone probably has done so. 

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