It’s a very special time of year, and advertisers know it: The best
holiday commercials grab on to your heartstrings and yank with all their
might. And because we allow for these kinds of emotional manipulations
in December (or maybe just because we’re super stressed-out from
shopping?), the best Christmas commercials stay with us for years.
After polling Twitter and Facebook, we’ve collected the very best
Christmas commercials from the last few decades as decided by you,
Internet. Did we get ‘em right?
1. Folgers’ ORIGINAL Version of “Peter Comes Home”
Who doesn’t love and remember this commercial? It doesn’t matter where Peter was (college? Peace Corps? His girlfriend’s house?), it just matters that he made it home in time for Christmas, despite the bad weather conditions.
And it must be said: hands-down, this is about a zillion times better than the re-make, which came out last year. The remake features a cheesier Peter (who was in Africa but seems to think “real” coffee should be instant and from a can? They edited out the part where he says “Ahh, REAL coffee”…) and a very uncomfortable brother-sister relationship. Much like the remake of Miracle on 34th Street, we’ll just forget the new one exists, and stick with the original.
2. Norelco Becomes “Noelco”
Of all the Christmas commercials out there, I’m not entirely sure why this series from Norelco was so etched in people’s memories, but it was. Apparently Santa riding into town on an electric razor is…magical.
Enjoy this commercial just for the absurdity of 70s electronics.
3. Because Nothing Says “Merry Christmas” Like Beer
Even though the best Budweiser Clydesdale commercials have aired during the Superbowl, something about giant horses galloping through the snow says The Holidays Have Arrived.
4. The Invisible Scotch Tape Man
I remember this commercial from when I was very young, and because I wasn’t entirely clear on the whole Christmas-Jesus-Presents-Santa connections (and understood “God” to be “invisible”) I thought that the Scotch Tape man here was, well, God.
One heckuva corporate spokesperson if you ask me.
Simple and charming — and not actually specific to Christmas at all — this commercial is a great (and rare) example of special effects used in an understated way. Easy to understand why it’s a favorite.