It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – at least on the TV.
Actually that’s a stretch as driving around locally there’s already plenty of houses with lights and trees up, shops playing Christmas music and more and we’ve not yet hit the middle of November.
Over the past week, Twitter’s been on fire with reaction to some of this year’s big players when it comes to Christmas ads, so to help you get your fill, here’s some of the best.
SuperValu’s ad is well thought out, plays very much on the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the concern that families in Ireland have had over the past few months that Christmas will be cancelled, and a very special visitor may not make it for Christmas day.
It’s clever and it’s captured the hearts of the Irish nation in no time at all.
We’ve had plenty of lonely heart ad types over the years. People living alone, neglected by friends or neighbours, maybe without family to meet or call on. The premise here is that even the smallest of neighbourly gestures can make the biggest of differences. And where else, of course, can you get outdoor Christmas lights, a screwdriver and a new gate hinge, but Woodies.
We’re all homemakers, right?
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the John Lewis Christmas ad. It’s funny how people have come to start their Christmas vibes when the John Lewis ad drops.
John Lewis (and Waitrose) believe that the world ‘would be a better place if we call gave a little more love’ so for their 2020 Christmas campaign, mixing animation and real life, they’re celebrating kindness and the positive impact acts of kindness have around the world.
Together we can make a big difference indeed.
I’m fairly sure that having a child has softened my heart to the point where it turns to mush at times.
Coca Cola’s traditional ‘holidays are coming’ is replaced for 2020 by one man’s journey to the ends of the earth for his daughter. It’s directed by Academy Award winner Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit) and it’s got all of the good feels.
Times change, people grow and Disney come out swinging with a three minute short fuelled by traditions and lifelong memories. With Disney+ likely to be high on the Christmas list for some this year, their 2020 Christmas ad goes right for the heart strings depicting the relationship between Lola and her granddaughter.
In fairness to Argos, this is a good one. Whether it was the Argos catalogue or the Toymaster, Smiths or Ken Black books that would come out, we’ve all been there in some capacity as children, leafing through pages of amazing toys and gadgets, circling items you could only ever dream of attaining.
This year, it’s two sisters, accompanied on vocals by Gary Barlow who go through their own book of dreams, transforming into magicians to reveal highlights from this year’s festive offerings.
While McDonald’s are asking are you Reindeer Ready again this year, for 2020 it’s all about the inner child. Sure if you can’t let your inner child loose at Christmas, when can you do it? It’s Becky Hill doing a cover version of Forever Young by the by.
Kevin The Carrot is trying to get home for Christmas as Aldi continue to push their hero vegetable with nods this year to Home Alone and ET.
Lidl’s army of elves are out in force which should be a fun view for the youngsters in your life as they double, triple and quadruple check everything in store to get that festive wow factor going.
From the UK side of things, Tesco are doing away with the naughty list. Buy too much loo roll during lockdown? You’re forgiven. Didn’t donate to Captain Tom when he was walking miles and miles around his garden? Also forgiven.
Have you a favourite?
Have you got a favourite? Are you a fan of the new ads or do you still long for the oldies from Kelloggs, Penneys and the likes? Have your say in the comments below.