As we gear up for a very Frozen Halloween, I will be curious to see the ratio of Anna’s vs. Elsa’s at my doorstep this year. I already see it on my blog. With a tutorial for both the Anna AND the Elsa dress, the Elsa post far outnumbers the other in both traffic and features.
Here’s why we choose Elsa.
Elsa, Elsa, Elsa.
She stole our hearts the moment she ran up that mountain, giving us chills with her power ballad. She sang a song that rocked a generation, and became a stone cold fox when she finally let her hair down. She had us at Let it Go. And we have bought up her merchandise with lightening speed ever since. But at some point, we have all asked ourselves…why Elsa?
She isn’t the heroine of the movie. She isn’t the princess who sacrificed all for love. Why is it that Elsa’s dress will be seen this Halloween on 5 times the number of little girl’s, over her loving sister Anna’s gorgeous gown? Why is it that even I, a grown woman, chose Elsa?
Here’s is what I have come up with…
She’s flawed. We may all want to be more like Anna. She is selfless and loving and caring and funny, but the bottom line is – we aren’t. We are flawed, and all make choices more like Elsa. We make mistakes. We tend to run up our own mountains in hard times, and sometimes we hurt our own family members. Those of us lucky enough to have good friends, or even sisters like Anna, make it back down to the other side with help.
We can relate. To being made fun of, to feeling different, to feeling the need to hide or wanting to escape. We’ve all had these feelings in life, and can relate to Elsa’s pain. Our heart breaks for her because not only have we been there, but we want to help her through it. We want to give her a nice big Olaf hug.
We want to burst forth. We have a deep rooted desire to burst forth, emerging from the cocoon as a beautiful butterfly – stronger, braver, better than we were before. We want to prove to those who tried to hold us back, those who kept us down, that they were wrong. Elsa does what we all dream of doing, shaking off her fears and becoming the woman she was inside. The dream of letting go and being our truest selves, without fear.
We are a bit more reserved. I had the honor of meeting these famous sisters when we visited Disneyworld over the Summer, and after waiting in line to meet the duo – it instantly became the best part of our trip. Anna and Elsa were everything my girls hoped they would be, and then some. Anna greeted my girls with an open armed hug the second they entered the room, while Elsa hung back and gave them both ice powers in their hands. Guess which one had my girls talking for hours? The ice powers. In 100 degree heat, my girl’s had cold hands for hours. Elsa hung back, and was introduced to my kids first…Anna was instant hug. I love Anna’s reaction, I wish I was more like that – but you know what, I can relate to the more reserved response. After all, I don’t give people I have never met before a hug as soon as they walk through the door, and I certainly didn’t get engaged to the first man I ever met. I get to know people first.
The bottom line is, we all love Anna.
We all want her as our little sister, and we all wish our kids chose her as their heroine. And whereas I am pretty sure my kids chose Elsa mainly for her cool ice powers and song, I think that a part of them deep inside sees something else. Something they relate to. Because Lord knows the last time they were arguing over a toy, I didn’t see either one of them sacrificing themselves to keep the other one happy. I am pretty sure I saw one of them run into the other room with it instead. Lol.
We relate to Elsa, the flawed princess who grows to embrace her imperfections through the love of a sister.