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The Magic of Christmas Commercials

Updated on June 14, 2014


Are classic Christmas commercials meaningful to you?

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Christmas is undoubtedly one of my favorite things in the world. For as long as I can remember, Christmas in my family has been a time of happiness, magic, togetherness, excitement and love. Because of this, I tend to try to make the holiday season last as long as I can once Thanksgiving ends (just recently I realized that keeping my Christmas tree up too long can invite spiders to make a home).

One of my family's Christmas traditions has been to watch the Christmas television recordings my mom taped on VHS when we were teeny children in the 1990s. We would sit down and watch the cartoons "A Charlie Brown Christmas", "Garfield Christmas Special", "Mickey's Christmas Carol", "Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales", and even specials with Winnie the Pooh and other favorite cartoon characters (somehow "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Story" never made it into our regular holiday repertoire...). I know that Christmas wouldn't be the same if I didn't get a chance to watch these beloved television specials. A lot of these are difficult to find and purchase, and some of them I can't find online or anywhere, so my mother's recordings are even more valuable to me.

Earlier this year, I took these VHS tapes from my parents' house with the intention of getting them converted onto a DVD so they would last longer. Unfortunately, my car was broken into and I believe these tapes were stolen. I searched all over for the set of VHS tapes with the names of my favorite specials scribbled on the side in my mother's handwriting. They have not yet been recovered.

I grew desperate to replace them and was able to find many of them online on DVD to supplement what I already owned. While I felt better, however, I was not completely consoled, and it didn't take long for me to realize why.

The television commercials had grown to be a part of my Christmas experience.

Between each Christmas special were holiday commercials that I can remember and treasure. They signify much more to me than product marketing - they remind me of the times of my childhood holidays in the '90s, when the toys were simpler and when the times were simpler, when the commercial breaks were shorter, when things seemed more innocent. My favorite commercials I will remember forever, including ads for McDonalds, Coca-Cola, M&Ms, and more. Even the tunes from the intros to my favorite holiday specials have become ingrained in my head over the years. It came to the point where I could tell which commercial it would be just by hearing the first few seconds.

McDonalds - Ice Skating

Coca-Cola - "Dad, It's Santa!"

M&M's - "They Do Exist!"

7-Up and Gameboy

Compilation of Christmas Commercials

Where could I find these commercials?

The question then became, where could I find the commercials in a form that I could keep and replay each Christmas season? I couldn't think of anyone else who had these commercials recorded and posted on craigslist. I was devastated until I did a Google search... and realized I am not alone.

Apparently others have a place in their heart for these commercials, as it didn't take long to find them scattered around Google searches and YouTube. Before long I was able to again watch Ronald McDonald helping the little boy skate across the frozen pond, the boy at the gas station see Santa before his eyes at the gas station as he grasped a Coke, and the red M&M faint simultaneously with Santa as they realized "they do exist!" Thank goodness for all of the people who posted these videos - I am forever grateful.

I don't know if you believe in Christmas or if you treasure these commercials like I do, but I wanted to share a few of them with you here. I am totally willing to break my rule of saving Christmas cheer until Christmastime in this instance. Enjoy!

UPDATE: My mother and I found the tapes and I was able to convert them to DVD. I made several copies so I could be sure that my family and I could watch the specials over and over again!


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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      So glad you found your recordings and that they weren't stolen after all! I, too, love Christmas. All those things many people like to complain about -- the decorations, the food, the movies and music, the wrappings and bows, etc., that in the minds of many people equal commercialization.

      How commercial Christmas is in a person's mind or their home is really controlled by themselves. Like so many things, Christmas is what a person makes it.

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      glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you all! Karen, maybe you should visit California for the winter and you can see how short the season can be here :)

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      Karen N 5 years ago from United States

      I love the Holiday season with all of the beautiful lights and decorations. I do wish that winter wouldn't last quite so long, though. :)

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      TheNsa 5 years ago

      Nice article. I always get excited around Christmas times commercials, it's lights up the spirit. I am from NYC, at that time of the month people become nicer to each other.

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      ktrapp, thanks for dropping by again! I'm definitely coming to that time of year where I can't wait to pull out my fall and winter clothes... and then in the spring, I can't wait for summer :)

      manmade, thanks for your comment!

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      manmade76 6 years ago from Kolkata

      Great hub,Christmas is the time to spend with our families.

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      Somehow, I ran across this hub again and you got me thinking about Christmas again! I grew up in Connecticut and now live in the Chicago area, and to me Christmas is equated with snow. I was thinking how ironic it is that in January, and certainly by February, and even sometimes April I am cursing the snow, but now in September as the temperatures are rapidly dropping again, I find myself anticipating those first snow flakes. There is something so magical about a season's first snow, sort of like the magic of Christmas morning!

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      CloudExplorer, thank you for sharing. I agree that Christmas for me is NOT about gifts at all. Everything I love about Christmas includes time spent with family, the feel of Christmastime around the city...

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Christmas was & is an all time favorite for most people, I never really had the best Christmas experiences due to my mom not having much money to shower us with during the holiday season when I were a young child, but I discovered the heart of Christmas actually goes beyond the idea of gift giving. I discovered that family is far more important during the holidays, and especially on Christmas, and being around those you love makes all the difference.

      I only had a few Christmas experiences as a baby when me & my older brother was given many toys and cool items to utilize. The best one I ever experienced was recently as an adult, actually last Christmas I celebrated with my family and I gave out many gifts that took me like 3 months to sum up, but I only cared for being together with them more than anything. The other was when I was young, like 13 years old, and I worked for a supermarket and was compelled to buy my mom a tea pot set for Christmas, she was so trilled because we were very poor back then & the Christmas spirit was brought back to life by such a gesture.

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      nicholerin 6 years ago from Texas

      this makes me wish it was Christmas time already! I might have to watch White Christmas tonight to feel the warm fuzzy feelings that come when Bing belts out that famous tune!

      So glad you shared this pre-Christmas time! Thanks!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      It is a beautiful and magic time.

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      This is true :) Thanks!

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      SavageIdeas 6 years ago

      The still on the McDonald's advert is so dam creepy. But you got to love Christmas adverts. Thanks for the hub

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks for the comments! Yes, Rudolph and Frosty were favorites as well for us! Classic :)

      Thranax, I know, it's creeping up in stores and it will be here before you know it :D

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      Andrew 6 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      Sigh...why dam it why! Its time to start writing Christmas hubs again LOL. I was just about ready to do more Halloween and then Thanksgiving but NOPE...Back to school strait to Christmas!!!


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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      This hub brought back many good memories for me. But I also watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman.

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      TheDailyMessenger 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      To Glassvisage,

      That is awesome to know, and your welcome. keep up the good work on your Blogs.


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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you so much for your comment! The music is definitely a huge part of the holidays for me as well :)

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      TheDailyMessenger 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      To Glassvisage,

      I hardly remember some of commercials. so, thankyou for sharing these wondrous commercials. I am so in love with Christmas ever since I was a child. Especially The music and being with my family. Thanks again.