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The Best Christmas Commercials of All-Time

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 30th 2010 8:00AM
Folgers adThere are two types of people in the world: those that love Christmas commercials and those that don't.

I've always been a sucker for all things Christmas, including ads, and I could watch them for hours. Actually, I just did! Here are eleven great Christmas spots. There are several you may remember fondly, and one or two you might be seeing for the first time.

1. Folgers Coffee ad/Peter comes home. This is the ultimate holiday commercial, the one against which all others are judged. This was filmed around 1986, and it is remembered and beloved by TV fans everywhere. It's odd that Folgers doesn't just keep running this ad every Christmas (it came back a few years ago but hasn't aired since). Instead they have a really poor modern version of the ad, with a son coming home from Africa and practically flirting with his sister. Folgers, please bring back this vintage spot.

2. Staples and the gift-wrapped dog. This commercial ran several years ago, and for some bizarre reason no one has even uploaded it to the web yet. Come on, Internet! This is a truly funny ad that shows a new family dog all covered in wrapping paper and wagging his tail.

If anyone knows where we can see this, let us know in the comments.

3. McDonald's Gift Certificates. I was 10 years old when this commercial came out (in 1975) and I remember it like it was yesterday. That's Corey Feldman, long before, well, 'The Two Coreys.'

4. Go Phone Commercial with Norm MacDonald. Christmas on TV is often marked by the appearance of stop-motion animation, and this great Go Phone ad captures that feeling perfectly, while at the same time adding a lot of humor. This must be a very frustrating world to live in, where giant hands can just rip the roof off your house.

5. Hershey's Kisses. This is a very basic commercial, but that's why it's so effective. The various colors of the Hershey's Kisses world play 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas.'

6. Flintstones/Fruity Pebbles. What makes this commercial great is that you hardly ever see characters from a TV show doing separate commercials for a product. But since the actual product is related to 'The Flintstones,' you get to see Fred and Barney interact with cereal and Santa. Another classic spot they should bring back.

7. Campbell's Soup. Not a Christmas commercial per se, more of a cold weather commercial, but it's winter and 'Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow' is always associated with the holidays. This spot has a kid melted by the heat of some Campbell's soup.

Of course, the same effect could be achieved by a hot cup of tea or another brand of soup, but still!

8. Schweppes Retro People. I had to include these spots because they're so clever and, well, bizarre.

9. M&Ms and Santa. It doesn't seem like it, but this ad is actually over 15 years old. The M&M guys catch Santa visiting the house and both are shocked when they see each other.

One thing I've never understood: why doesn't Santa know that the M&M guys exist? Doesn't he bring them presents? Shouldn't Santa know everything?

10. Lucky Strike. This spot is from the '50s, and since Don Draper came up with the "It's Toasted" line (nudge nudge wink wink), Sterling Cooper must have had something to do with this commercial.

Do people give cartons of cigarettes as gifts anymore?

11. Norelco Santa.
OK, by popular demand, here's the Norelco spot. It really does bring back memories (there were actually a few versions of the ad - this is one of the ads from the '70s).

What's your favorite Christmas commercial?

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I am looking for a commercial that had Santa, an elf, an Angel and a snowman driving in car. The Santa sees a front yard display of Santa and says " I'm that fat?" . Has anyone seen this or knows what the ad is for? This was on TV in the late 90s - possibly 2000.

November 17 2014 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I found the Staples dog commercial! I don't know if anyone else has posted the link, I can't see any other comments so I apologize if this is a repeat. It's on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c78_aUFhFLc

December 04 2012 at 4:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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