Holiday Commercials You’ll Love Watching Again and Again (2021)

Some of us love the gifts, others the Christmas movies, decorations or the food. Here, at Grown and Flown, we love the commercials. Our criteria for picking our favorites this year was the same as it has been every year: Did the commercial make us reach for the tissues?

 This year’s winners

Disney’s The Stepdad (2021)

Disney is back with another winner this year. This year their focus is on a stepdad integrating into his new family. And who doesn’t hear the louder message about family, love, togetherness and the important of the family you build all to the tune of Gregory Porter’s ‘Love Runs Deeper’.

Amazon’s Kindness, the greatest gift (2021)

Amazon has once again done a masterful job in a commercial that encourages kindness and checking in with those around you especially after what we have all been through these last few years.

McDonald’s Imaginary Iggy (2021)

McDonald’s Christmas advertisement is a real tear-jerker so you’ve been warned. Set to Cindy Lauper’s Time After Time it tells the story of a little girl named Matilda who creates an imaginary friend, Iggy. As Matilda grows Iggy becomes a thing of the past until she is once again reminded of him.

John Lewis’s The Unexpected Guest (2021)

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the John Lewis commercial which captures the spirit of this holiday season perfectly. A teenage boy meets an alien and they become besties as he teaches her about the magic of Christmas.

Three of our favorites from 2020

Coca-Cola Christmas Commercial (2020)

Our year has been full of obstacles and this dad will stop at nothing to deliver his daughter’s letter to Santa until something stops him and he realizes what his daughter really wants for Christmas.

Christmas 2020/Inner Child (McDonalds)

The next commercial spot speaks directly to us boy moms. Remember when our sons loved to be with us, to simply spend time with mom? Do you remember when they looked ups. the world in wonder rather than at their phones constantly? Well maybe underneath that snarly teen that little boy still lingers…watch.

‘It’s about that fearless spirit and imagination when pushing boundaries.’ (Burberry)

This one is just plain fun.

Advertisers always know just the trick to help us slow down and enjoy the true meaning of the season: holiday commercials. And this year was no exception.

We love some of these new kids on the block but we can’t help hearkening back to Christmas’s past where we found 12 heartwarming holiday commercials from over the years that will surely melt even the Grinchiest of hearts.

12 of the most classic Christmas commercials

1. “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” (Coca Cola)

This commercial always makes me smile and the Christmas version is even better. If you aren’t humming this catchy ear worm for the rest of the day, I can’t help you.

2. John Lewis & Partners Christmas Ad 2018

This gorgeous commercial by furniture company features Elton John and I won’t ruin the surprise but suffice it to say: you are going to need a tissue box handy. This commercial reminds us that there are no small gestures, especially at Christmas time.

3. “Community Ice Skating” (McDonald’s)

Okay, I admit it: Ronald McDonald is a tiny bit creepy but, come on: who wouldn’t want to run into him on a snowy pond with cartoon woodland creatures looking on? I remember this commercial airing when I was a kid and I wanted nothing more than to skate along with the guy who sold Happy Meals.

4. “Buster The Boxer” (John Lewis and Partners)

Because let’s face it: our furry friends want gifts from Santa, too.

5. “Adorable Snowman” (Campbell’s Soup)

Advertisers knew what they were doing when they put this kid in an ad: his sweet face and smile makes me want to eat Campbell’s soup for infinity. There’s simply nothing better after playing in the snow all day than a warm bowl of soup. And a big glass of wine but that’s clearly another commercial.

6. ” Holiday Surprise” (Publix Grocery Store)

Publix has the market cornered (pun intended) on holiday commercials. This one from 2008 made me gasp at the end and if you thought you ugly cried during their Home for The Holidays commercial earlier this year, just wait. Publix is the reason we are addicted to holiday commercials here at Grown and Flown.

7. “Peter Is Home” (Folgers)

This one is an oldie but a goodie. Who can forget the day “Peter” comes home to surprise his family for the holiday only to find his little sister waiting at the bottom of the stairs? This commercial made me cry when I was a kid but now that I have teens? Damn you, Folgers.

8. “Dancing Dad” (Bouyges)

We all have that song that we sang to our kids, the song that, when it comes on, it reminds of when our babies were small. This commercial by a tech company nails what it’s like to have that song become a part of the tapestry of your relationship with your kids. Also? It makes you want to get up and dance along, too.

9. “Santa’s Gift Certificate” (McDonald’s)

Yes, again with the McDonald’s but I can’t help myself. Who can resist a kid in footie pajamas leaving a gift certificate for Christmas? I sure can’t.

10. “Love Is A Gift” Short Film

Fair warning: this commercial will make you ugly cry the hardest. Sorry, not sorry.

11. “Brother and Sister Reunion” (Folgers)

Like Publix, Folgers knows how to deliver a cup of coffee with a side of heartwarming heartstring pulling. Now that my kids are teens, it’s my fervent hope that they will both feel the way this brother and sister feel when he arrives home for the holidays. I also hope they’ll make me coffee before I wake up, too. That would be a Christmas miracle.

12. “Sprinkle The Joy” (Publix Grocery Store)

Seriously, Publix. You are killing us but please keep the tear jerkers coming because we can’t help ourselves.

Holiday commercials are an escape from reality and, even though they seem cheesy or silly, sometimes, taking a moment to breathe in the holiday spirit is just what you need when you are looking for those ever-elusive scissors.

More Great Reading:

Stocking Stuffers for Teens and College Kids That Will Make Them Smile

Gifts Your College Girl REALLY Wants for Christmas: 25 Great Ideas

About Christine Burke

Christine Burke is the owner of the popular parenting blog, In her spare time, she runs marathons, collects thrift shop finds and eats ice cream like it's her job. Her work has been featured on the Today Show, the Today Parenting Team, Scary Mommy and other parenting websites. She writes about the realities of soon sending her not so little anymore kids off to college and prays she doesn't use too many comma splices in the process.

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