I wanted to write this post just so I could reminisce in all of the wonderful Christmas ads that I, as part of the British Public, have witnessed over the years.
Christmas is my favourite time of year and I feel like seeing the first Christmas advert of the year is the start of the build-up to the day itself.
Christmas is for Sharing – Sainsbury’s 2014
When the idea came to me of writing a post like this, this was the first advert that came to mind. Sainsbury’s partnered up with The Royal British Legion to produce one of the most tear-jerking Christmas ads that we’d ever seen.
Based on a true story, this advert will tug on your heartstrings more than anything ever has.
This will always be a favourite of mine. It’s absolutely timeless.
No Palm Oil – Iceland 2018
I really admire Iceland for producing such a protest of a Christmas ad this year. Although it’s since been banned from being broadcast, I really do believe that what they’ve done has brought the Christmas advert game to a whole new level by using the platform to bring an important message to our attention.
We all look forward to seeing everyone’s annual Christmas advert, and for Iceland to decide to use it as a force of good I think it an applaudable idea. I’m not sure why it was banned, but in my opinion, it shouldn’t have been.
Please decide for yourself and let me know in the comments.
Man on the Moon – John Lewis 2015
I’m pretty sure the main reason this advert has stuck with me is that I absolutely adore this Aurora cover of Half the World Away, originally sung by Oasis. As an Oasis fan, every time I hear this song it takes me back to this Christmas ad.
Some of you may disagree with my choice of John Lewis advert seeing as there’s a good long list of them, but to me, the whole point of this story, and the ad’s tagline is to “show someone they’re loved this Christmas”. That’s what Christmas is all about in my opinion. Not the giving or receiving but just being together as a family and sharing how much you all mean to each other by celebrating together.
And if somebody can’t make it, we make sure to give them a call and show them that we’re thinking about them during the festivities.
Holidays are Coming – Coca-Cola
The most classic Christmas advert to have ever been made, in my opinion.
I know that Coca-Cola has created a few very similar adverts over the years, and honestly, I couldn’t really tell you the difference between them all. All I really remember from growing up was seeing the big, red-lit up Coca-Cola truck travelling through some snowy roads and getting me really excited for Christmas.
Seeing this on my TV was my official sign that Christmas was on its way.
The Bears Return – Heathrow Airport 2017
I adore this advert and the love story that has been made with it. What Heathrow Airport have created with these two adorable bears is nothing short of perfection.
It’s heart-warming, it’s memorable and it’s super Christmassy. This is the sort of thing that you want to see around this time of year and last year Heathrow nailed it.
Just so you know, the bears are back this year too so keep your eyes peeled because they may appear on your TV soon enough!
I’m hoping that this post has gotten you into the Christmassy spirit and has also brought back some memories of your favourite adverts too!
Let me know of your favourite Christmas advert ever in the comments below!