Target – “One Minute Past Thanksgiving”
Well, we know it’s not even December yet (1 day away) but it seems that the holiday spirit of Christmas has arrived, as per usual, the day after Thanksgiving. We’ll try not to have the next month of TV Commercial Roundups filled with holiday cheer…but no promises. Our first commercial this week hits this concept of ‘rushing to put up the Christmas lights before December’, right on the head.
Target has put out a bevy of new Christmas ads with the slogan “Santa has Elves, You have Target”. A few of them are nostalgic, some a little romantic, but most are just plain funny (even a little nutty). Although this particular ad isn’t knock ‘em out hilarious, it’s enjoyable…what’s not to enjoy about the holidays, especially Christmas (or the idea of it)? Now, now, let’s not get into the politics of what Christmas “actually” is and all the other hooha about religion – when it comes down to it, this time of year should be about giving AND receiving; for most people, it’s a great time of year no matter what your affiliation is. I apologize to those who hate it.
Back to the fun stuff: Target has done a good job with advertising holiday cheer and fun while providing their viewers with a solution to the challenges they may face, which are obviously all at Target. While Target can’t solve all your holiday problems (family?) it probably does supply solutions to almost all of the aesthetic issues you may come across this season of greetings.
Ancestry.com – “Santa”
Sticking with the Christmas theme, Ancestry.com recently released a few commercials starring the one and only Santa Claus. Although, according to the commercials, he’s not actually the “one and only”…in fact, he’s got quite the lineage; who knew he was related to the toothfairy? I may have been able to guess this when I was younger, but I can’t quite hear the reindeer bells anymore, so of course, in my mind, there is no way they are related. Then again, I thought they didn’t actually exist…
Beyond the trivial banalities of (spoiler alert) Santa and the Toothfairy not being real, we can all agree that Ancestry.com has done a pretty decent job at having fun with fairytales. Whoever is playing Santa in these commercial spots gives an enjoyable demeanor to the character who is a bit awestruck by his Ancestors, but still just as jolly as ever. Who knew Santa could be surprised by what he found on the internet? That’s not a challenge, by the way.
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