The holidays are here and we are all in the throes of the hustle and bustle of merrymaking. Translation: we are stressed and we can never seem to find the tape and the scissors. Everywhere we turn, we are reminded that it’s the most wonderful time of year and, if you are like me, finding some time to sip egg nog and enjoy the twinkle of the Christmas lights can seem overwhelming.
Well, it seems advertisers have just the trick to help us slow down and enjoy the true meaning of the season: holiday commercials. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a sucker for a good holiday commercial that makes me tear up. I mean, I ugly cried earlier this year when the Publix grocery chain released their latest holiday commercial and let’s face it: no one really watches the Super Bowl for the football, right?
Holiday commercials pull at our heartstrings and the vintage holiday commercials from the 1970s and 80s remind us of a time when life was simpler (and our hair styles were jacked to Jesus).
We’ve rounded up 12 heartwarming holiday commercials that will surely melt even the Grinchiest of hearts:
12 Top Holiday 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 elusive scissors.