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    by » Sat November 12th, 2016, 00:17

    Quote Originally Posted by menime123
    I love the John Lewis advert. But I watch dogs doing daft stuff on YouTube all the time. Slightly interested to see what young kids make of it, considering it shows that the Dad is making and sorting the Christmas gift and not Santa
    I know right? I thought the same thing :-?

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    by » Sat November 12th, 2016, 00:31

    Could someone explain this thread? Is there a tradition in the UK of long ads for Christmas or something?

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    by » Sat November 12th, 2016, 01:44

    Quote Originally Posted by cheapthrills
    Could someone explain this thread? Is there a tradition in the UK of long ads for Christmas or something?
    John Lewis, a popular department store here, started a bit of a tradition of releasing a fairly lengthy Christmas advert every year that generally had a warm / thoughtful / cute kind of message behind it. The music each year is usually a well received, stripped back cover of a song like Ellie Goulding's Your Song and Lily Allen's Somewhere Only We Know. As the adverts became something of a tradition, the anticipation level has risen each year. A lot of other retailers have started doing their own adverts in a rival kind of way, often using similar ideas or a bit of a parody.

    This was the first one that kind of kicked it off, and then over the years they've evolved and grown in popularity:


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    by » Sat November 12th, 2016, 01:54

    Quote Originally Posted by Storyteller
    Quote Originally Posted by menime123
    I love the John Lewis advert. But I watch dogs doing daft stuff on YouTube all the time. Slightly interested to see what young kids make of it, considering it shows that the Dad is making and sorting the Christmas gift and not Santa
    I know right? I thought the same thing :-?
    I've seen this said a lot, but when you were a kid didn't you get a set of presents from your parents, and a set from Santa? I just saw it as dad putting up the present from him and mum.

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    by » Sat November 12th, 2016, 13:08

    Quote Originally Posted by Airwrecka
    Quote Originally Posted by Storyteller
    Quote Originally Posted by menime123
    I love the John Lewis advert. But I watch dogs doing daft stuff on YouTube all the time. Slightly interested to see what young kids make of it, considering it shows that the Dad is making and sorting the Christmas gift and not Santa
    I know right? I thought the same thing :-?
    I've seen this said a lot, but when you were a kid didn't you get a set of presents from your parents, and a set from Santa? I just saw it as dad putting up the present from him and mum.

    I suppose everyone has their own traditions and stuff around Santa, but we were always told Santa dropped everything off. I don't remembering being asked after "what did you get off your parents for Christmas?" - it was always "what did Santa bring?".

    It could be worse I suppose, at least the advert doesn't show the parents eating and drinking the plate of stuff left out for Santa and Rudolph
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    by » Sat November 12th, 2016, 13:28

    Quote Originally Posted by Airwrecka
    Quote Originally Posted by cheapthrills
    Could someone explain this thread? Is there a tradition in the UK of long ads for Christmas or something?
    John Lewis, a popular department store here, started a bit of a tradition of releasing a fairly lengthy Christmas advert every year that generally had a warm / thoughtful / cute kind of message behind it. The music each year is usually a well received, stripped back cover of a song like Ellie Goulding's Your Song and Lily Allen's Somewhere Only We Know. As the adverts became something of a tradition, the anticipation level has risen each year. A lot of other retailers have started doing their own adverts in a rival kind of way, often using similar ideas or a bit of a parody.

    This was the first one that kind of kicked it off, and then over the years they've evolved and grown in popularity:

    Plus I think it really helps create festive spirit.

    A big criticism of Christmas here is that it has become too commercialised. Personally, I think part of this is the fact we don't get snow in the build up to Christmas much now, so it's harder for people to get in the mood and embrace the Christmas spirit - and hard selling adverts promoting goods started to annoy a lot of people.

    A lot of people say it's not really Christmas until you see the Coca Cola advert, because that really hits the Christmassy tone right. But then John Lewis decided to stop with a hard sell of products and instead started to sell the idea of Christmas spirit to people - and it worked and got everyone talking about them and feeling Christmassy. If you embrace Christmas in November, you'll spend money in November.

    So John Lewis has become a recent tradition that gets the country talking about them. The 2016 advert was released on Thursday, and has already been watched 27 million times on Facebook and 10 million times on YouTube - in 48 hours! Madness when you think that's nearly 40 million views for a TV commercial but to their credit, other companies now follow suit and for a few weeks at least, people like to watch the commercials on TV
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    by » Sat November 12th, 2016, 14:43

    Quote Originally Posted by biscuits
    This gets its own thread? I'm one of those people who don't care about John Lewis Christmas adverts. I'm sure my Facebook will be full of it

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    by » Sat November 12th, 2016, 14:48

    Quote Originally Posted by menime123
    Quote Originally Posted by Airwrecka
    Quote Originally Posted by Storyteller
    Quote Originally Posted by menime123
    I love the John Lewis advert. But I watch dogs doing daft stuff on YouTube all the time. Slightly interested to see what young kids make of it, considering it shows that the Dad is making and sorting the Christmas gift and not Santa
    I know right? I thought the same thing :-?
    I've seen this said a lot, but when you were a kid didn't you get a set of presents from your parents, and a set from Santa? I just saw it as dad putting up the present from him and mum.

    I suppose everyone has their own traditions and stuff around Santa, but we were always told Santa dropped everything off. I don't remembering being asked after "what did you get off your parents for Christmas?" - it was always "what did Santa bring?".

    It could be worse I suppose, at least the advert doesn't show the parents eating and drinking the plate of stuff left out for Santa and Rudolph
    Haha I used to open my presents from Santa and then turn to my poor parents and ask what they'd got me! Not in a spoilt brattish way; I just always saw it that Santa was an independent provider of presents.

    One Christmas Eve I told my dad I didn't believe anymore and that I thought it was him. He asked me if I was sure I wanted to take the risk? I said yes initially, and then about half an hour before bed I changed my mind and said I did believe after all.

    Oh it brings back so many good memories. I'd put out my food and drink for Santa and Rudolph, and dad would be like "I think you should pour Santa a bigger glass of whiskey..." My mum would be like "I think Santa will have had plenty enough with all his other deliveries." And then it got awkward because nobody ate mince pies except me, so mum had to sneak them back in the box and hope I never noticed.

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    by » Sat November 12th, 2016, 15:28

    ^haha I love that! Especially hiding the mince pies.

    Here's another, I really like this one.

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    by » Sat November 12th, 2016, 15:36

    Mrs Claus: "Don't forget Australia"
    Santa: "I won't. *under his breath* It's easily done"

    The shade!!!

    But the parents asking eachother if they'd eaten the mince pies?! Is this the year to ruin The Santa myth or something?

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    by » Sat November 12th, 2016, 18:23

    Aww the M&S one is pure Christmas

    Mrs Claus reading 'Fifty Shades of Red'

    And the helicopter 'R-DOLF'
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    by » Sat November 12th, 2016, 20:21

    Am I the only one who thought they wanted to get Dame Helen Mirren but couldn't?

    Also, I see there's a parody of the trampolene one already, featuring Clinton and Trump. Not sure if I can post it in case it goes against the thread rules.
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    by » Sat November 12th, 2016, 22:54

    The M&S ad is streets ahead of the rest this year.

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    by » Sun November 13th, 2016, 12:36

    The M&S one is epic! I loved it, but I was confused as to why he wrote to Mrs Claus

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    by » Sun November 13th, 2016, 14:51

    Quote Originally Posted by SholasBoy
    The M&S one is epic! I loved it, but I was confused as to why he wrote to Mrs Claus
    Same.

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    by » Sun November 13th, 2016, 17:00

    Quote Originally Posted by Airwrecka
    Quote Originally Posted by SholasBoy
    The M&S one is epic! I loved it, but I was confused as to why he wrote to Mrs Claus
    Same.

    She got the letter Christmas Eve, maybe the little guy thought Santa would be out making house calls by then? It's a good job anyway - Santa was on his way out the door by the time the post came
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    by » Sun November 13th, 2016, 23:11

    Waitrose advert is my favourite this year probably.

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    by » Mon November 14th, 2016, 03:48

    That M&S one is awesome.

    It's funny. They did a take of the John Lewis one with Hillary and Trump and I totally got it because I had seen the original John Lewis video here.

    EDIT: Have you all seen this Sainsbury's ad?
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/201 ... as-advert/

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    by » Mon November 14th, 2016, 12:02

    ^I'll post a video link here as well..


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    by » Mon November 14th, 2016, 12:16

    Saw it last week and I enjoyed it - but it's not as good as Mog.

    The best Christmas advert I've ever seen was the 2014 Sainsbury's advert which showed the real life story of the 2nd word war infamous football match.

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    by » Mon November 14th, 2016, 23:14

    I thought the Saino's one was gonna be an ad for Argos.

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    by » Sat November 19th, 2016, 13:47

    Here's the Amazon.co.uk one.
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    by » Sat November 19th, 2016, 19:54

    Heathrow's first forray in to the Christmas ad game..

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    by » Mon November 28th, 2016, 20:47

    Not entirely sure that this will be on UK telly, but there's a lot of buzz for this (a hype train if you will).

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    by » Mon November 28th, 2016, 21:28

    Quote Originally Posted by WEDway82
    Not entirely sure that this will be on UK telly, but there's a lot of buzz for this (a hype train if you will).
    I've seen it on the TV and I'm from the UK.
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