Christmas is coming, Christmas is coming
Moving swiftly on, here are our favourites…
5. Coca Cola: Holidays are coming… Holidays are coming
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Synonymous with Christmas, the iconic Coca Cola trucks are now so famous that they tour around Britain on the lead up to December 25th. Anyway its simply not Christmas until you see those red lorries with the festive Santa on the back. Either in person or on the television.
4. Irn Bru: The Snowman
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As iconic in Scotland as the Coca Cola advert is to the rest of the western world. Paying homage to the Snowman and Aled Jones’, “Walking In The Air”. It follows the same storyline as the original but involves flying above iconic Scottish landmarks, ultimately the snowman steals the boy’s Irn Bru and lets him go. Fitting for Irn Bru’s tongue in cheek advertising campaign yet still enchanting.
3. Toys R Us
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Not specifically aimed at the Christmas market but still distinctly festive. The opening scene, with a road leading to what looks like the greatest toy store in the history of toy stores. Giraffes, toys, children on skates, the song rhymes, it gets more exciting as the ad goes on, and by the end, you will have children shouting “Toys R Us, Toys R Us”.
(Sad note. The author of this article has still never been to Toys R Us.)
2. Yellow Pages: Mistletoe
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A golden oldie, the days before the internet and Google search, people were forced to remember the letters of the alphabet and then spend twenty minutes shouting at a yellow book, all to find a phone number. It was a simpler time.
The Yellow Pages advert involved a young boy who unbelievably has the opportunity to kiss, a taller older girl. (Far more innocent than it sounds.) but he can’t reach to kiss her, the trusty Yellow Pages gives him the extra height needed for his dream kiss under the mistletoe. All filmed in a warm golden hue with an open fire and a Christmas tree in the background. Very very cute.
1. John Lewis: The Bear and the Hare
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To be fair, it could be a list made up solely of John Lewis adverts, but we’ve vouched for the Bear and The Hare. Its so touching. The importance of finding the perfect present for that special someone, beautiful.
Anyway bear and hare are best friends, spending every moment of life with each other, truly kindred spirits. But the one thing they never get to do? Spend time with each other on Christmas Day. On account of bear’s winter hibernation cycle. (P.S how sad does the rabbit look with his wee ears.) What’s the perfect gift for a slumbering bear? An alarm clock, of course. All soundtracked to Lily Alan’s cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know.”
So tell us Glasgow, what are your favourite Christmas adverts? and will you take the author to Toys R Us? It would really make his Christmas.