Since the festive season was kicked off by the advertising world last weekend, all that everyone has been talking about is Christmas and what reminds them of this special time of year.
It’s really got us thinking here in the Bath-Knight office about which adverts take us back to childhood or remind us of the festive season the most.
- Toys R Us – This is one for the younger generation of the Bath-Knight team, especially those who would have been toddlers or very young children when this advert first aired! The song, Geoffrey the Giraffe and the toys on offer had brought lots of excitement to children and young families in the late 80s and 90s.
- Coca-Cola – “Holidays are coming, holidays are coming…” for a lot of people, Christmas and the festive season starts as soon as they see or hear this advert. It has been getting people ready for the mayhem and magic of Christmas since 1995 and as it is a firm favourite with lots of people, we can’t see Coca-Cola changing this for a long time.
- Ferrero Rocher – This advert aired in the early 90s and hasn’t really been seen since but, many of the Bath-Knight team remember it due to the pyramid of Ferrero Rocher and people at the party talking about the mysterious Ambassador. The advert might not be very Christmassy but it certainly makes us want to open the chocolates early and get ready for a Christmas party!
- Quality Street – Tins of chocolates are a must during Christmas in many households, especially Quality Street chocolates! This advert from 1992 shows a young boy giving the local lollipop lady a box of chocolates for her dedication to helping him cross the road all through the year no matter what the weather. It really was a ‘Magic Moment’.
- Yellow Pages – Before John Lewis used to pull at people’s heartstrings, there were the Yellow Pages adverts. This particular advert was very short and simple – a little girl waiting to be kissed under the mistletoe and a little boy using the Yellow Pages directory as a step so he could reach up and kiss her.
- Sainsbury’s – A good few years before Jamie Oliver became the face of Sainsbury’s, John Cleese starred in a very comical advert. A little bit more relaxed than his character Basil Fawlty, he is getting Christmas dinner but forgets to let his family in. He remembers at the end of the advert but his family are covered in snow!
- Marks and Spencer – This advert is only a few years old but it’s still a favourite as it features lots of famous faces including Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders, Wallace and Gromit and Twiggy telling us their favourite things about Christmas.
- Iceland – The Iceland Christmas adverts in the last few years have featured a host of celebrities including Jason Donavon! The Iceland ads always look like fun, especially since the setting is usually a Christmas party with yummy looking cakes and Michael Bublé’s Christmas songs as the soundtrack.
- Irn Bru – The Snowman was first published in 1978 and had a cartoon adaptation in 1982. This is a rather cheeky advert as it does parody the original as the little boy will not let the Snowman have any of his Irn Bru as they fly over Britain. Lots of people who were forced to watch the Snowman as children and weren’t very fond of it probably appreciate this advert!
- John Lewis – Since 2010, John Lewis has been a firm favourite for their touching adverts from a little boy counting down Christmas to give his parents a present, a snowman crossing the country side to get his snow-lady a hat and gloves and this year’s campaign, ‘The Bear and the Hare’. The gentle cover versions of songs teamed up with a lovely narrative featuring the meaning of Christmas and what it means really does make their adverts some of the best on television and it may be safe to say that over the coming years, people will be saying “You know it’s Christmas when the John Lewis advert appears”.
Are there any Christmas adverts that you wish were still on television or any that make you feel nostalgic?