Can you feel it? It’s that time of the year again. The air is crisp, the trees are stripped of their leaves, and snow is only a matter of time. That’s right winter is upon us. BUT… More importantly than winter coming (as great as it is), is the arrival of CHRISTMAS!!!
Yes, I’m skipping Thanksgiving. That holiday never appealed much to me as a kid. The only fond memories I have of Thanksgiving are A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, turkey sugar cookies my mom would make with yellow icing, and making construction paper turkeys at school by tracing my hand. Yup. That’s about it.
So it’s pretty much always been Halloween, birthday, and Christmas for me. These days, I don’t even worry about birthdays. It just makes me sad because it reminds me of how many years of my life I’ve wasted. And once you can’t ask for toys on your birthday without getting weird looks from grown ups, it’s not fun anymore.
Whatever, we’re talking CHRISTMAS!!! It’s the bestest holiday around. Although you wouldn’t know it because it ispolitically incorrect to say “Christmas” in the marketing world. So we end up with “winter” & “holiday” replacing the word Christmas a lot.
How do you know it’s the season is truly upon us? Well, you know when you start seeing a million holiday commercials on TV. Department stores, jewelry stores, foods, etc… These days, I’m grown up and I’m just like “eh” whenever they come on. Like, it’s nice to *see* Christmas stuff and here the holiday jingles & songs, but I’m not glued to the TV. But back in the day? Oh man, we had some CLASSICS. So enjoy these winter/holiday/Christmas commercials.
M&Ms Holidays Chocolate candies (1987)
Essentially, your everyday M&Ms, but red & green with I think Christmas trees and Santa printed on them (video is kinda grainy, but I’m pretty sure I at least see a Santa). I don’t think they made “Holidays” specifically anymore, although the various M&Ms flavor do still get dressed up around the holidays though.
It’s amazing to me that Oreos took so long to get in on the holiday color themes as long as they did. Now they’ve got’em for spring (yellow), Halloween (orange), the “holiday season” (red), and who knows what else. But I have to say, seeing a blood red creme filling for an Oreo around Christmastime seems a bit weird. It makes me think of horror movies & Halloween, which already has orange as its color. But you can’t go too light on the red or it’d be pink. Green would actually be a better choice but that’s reserved for the Mint Oreos. =( Maybe they should just keep’em white and we can at least think of snow and not a slasher movie.
Man, the Spots were awesome. They kinda sound like R2D2 when they squeal. Who didn’t love these guys and this commercial? They belong in the pantheon of food & beverage mascots. They’re right up there with the California Raisins, Red & Yellow (M&Ms), Little Caesar, and the Noid. I miss the Noid & Spot. =(
Burger King Chicken Tenders (1987)
1987 must’ve been a good year for Christmas commercials. Check out that faux-wicker basket tender box! Now, I love fast food Christmas commercials, Zeus knows McDonald’s has made each and every one a classic, but I just think it’s funny that they promote their greasy food as the food of the holidays in these commercials. You know that big juicy turkey & ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie you were gonna eat it? Forget it. Do yourself a favor and pick up a few boxes of chicken tenders for grandma and the cousins. Points to BK for really selling the holiday theme while calling out McNuggets at the same time.
If you don’t know this commercial, you should. It’s simply un-American to have never seen this, it doesn’t matter if you were alive at the time it was released or not. It’s a heart-warming holiday surprise commercial. It was a HUGE success and has been played well past the original air date. I don’t even know why I loved it so much, it’s not like I was 5 years old and drinking coffee. It was just… Christmas. And sometimes, that’s all ya need.
Hershey’s Kisses (late 80s?)
I’m not sure exactly when this commercial came out, but this too, is another one that has enjoyed a long run over the years. And it’s just Kisses, so unless they change the wrappers, it’s never really gonna look out of date. I think this (or some variation of) may still run today. It’s simple, it’s elegant (shiny!), it’s Hershey’s & Christmas. What more could ya ask for?
Fruity Pebbles (1987)
YES! The Fruity Pebbles Christmas commercial! Another classic that still runs to this day. Why did I love THIS one so much? I never really even liked Flintstones, but the power of Christmas is strong with this commercial. Throw in a holiday jingle, and I’m sold. There was some magazine when I was a kid that actually broke the commercial down into a one page comic strip. I think it may have been an Archie’s Digest. Granted, it was STILL an ad and not an actual story, but it was just cool seeing it broken down panel by panel into a comic book.