Between My Reads is a feature that appears on here sporadically. As I’m sure you might have guessed by now, I’m passionate about books. However, they are not the be all and end all of my life so I thought it might be fun to share some other stuff now again here too. If this doesn’t interest you, don’t worry books will be back on the agenda tomorrow.
I LOVE Christmas adverts! Normally as soon as an ad break comes on the telly, I’m fast forwarding or channel hopping as quick as I can. But right now I think I’m enjoying the ads more than my TV shows! Over the past few years, the standard has just gone up and up and this year there are two in particular that would warm up even the Grinchiest of hearts. And yes I know they are commercials and aimed at getting us to spend money but I don’t care. The cornier and schmaltzier the better! They make me feel sentimental and I unashamedly love them.
The John Lewis ad – 2014:
Who can resist Monty the Penguin. I want one too! The music, the cuteness, the feels. When the little boy covers the Penguins eyes before he shows him his Christmas pressies, that right there is when I start to choke up. It just captures the magic of Christmas for me.
The Sainsbury Christmas Ad – 2014:
I think this is a perfect ad for the year of the 100th anniversary and it’s based on a real story of a Christmas Day truce of 1914. It’s hard not to feel really sad while watching this one and it really plucks my heartstrings. I had shivers the first time I saw it, it’s evocative and anything that ensures we never forget is a good thing, I think anyway. And again it just captures the Christmas spirit for me.
Coca Cola Christmas Ad (the old one not sure what year)
It’s just not Christmas until I see this ad and can start humming ‘holidays are coming, holidays are coming’. I love the excitement that builds up within me when I see this one. Proof that your inner child is always excited at the thought of Christmas.
ESB Ad (from the 1980s)
This ad is just so poignant. At a time when emigration was at an all time high in Ireland, the images of a mother fluttering around to get everything perfect for her returning son is just so emotional. It hits me right in the feels and makes me feel so lucky to have both parents living just minutes from my house.
Have your say: Do you like Christmas Ads? What’s your favourite? Have you ever cried at one (I’m in no position to judge you on this one!)?