History's Best Holiday Ads

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History's Best Holiday Ads

Happy Holidays! This time of year is perfect for marketing; all the emotion and sentiment of the holidays combined with all the gift-giving makes for an influx of great ads. The best advertisements go beyond selling a product, and focus on selling an idea or a feeling. To celebrate a time when marketing and goodwill go hand-in-hand, we decided to crack open a bottle of eggnog and go on a nostalgic walk through history’s best holiday ads.

“Peter Comes Home for Christmas”

Folger’s, 1986

You’ve probably seen hundreds of “home for the holidays” ads, usually featuring a strapping young student returning home and surprising his parents. Here’s the original by Folger’s, originally aired in 1986.

“I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”

-Coca-Cola, 1971

Coca-Cola makes quite an imprint on the holidays every year. Maybe it’s because of their red hue we associate them with the holidays, but it’s no doubt Coke comes up with great spots every year. From the sledding Polar Bears to the Coke trucks, unique, feel-good commercials keep Coca-Cola bright and center during the holiday season. We chose this Christmas spot from 1971 to spread the joy, showcasing the famous “I’d like to buy the world a Coke” jingle that eventually became the Hillside Singer’s hit, “I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony).”


-M&M’s, 1996

Most commercials during the holiday season are nice, but some trend towards naughty. The latter definitely applies to this famous M&M’s spot from 1996 featuring a fainting Santa! Consumers must prefer the comedic to the sentimental, because this 19-year old spot still shows up today!

“Peanuts Holiday Chex Mix”

-Chex Mix, 1992

The cast of the Peanuts is almost inseparable from the holidays. When he wasn’t picking out a skinny Christmas tree, Schulz’ beloved protagonist Charlie Brown was making an appearance in this goofy 1992 spot for Chex Mix.

“Peace on Earth”

-Pampers, 2005

In a slightly more recent ad, Pampers puts their chief product users front and center, with a minute of footage of sleeping babies. A beautiful acapella version of “Silent Night” plays in the background, creating an incredibly touching and simple ad that reminds us of what we’re thankful for this holiday season, and what we should all be wishing for: Peace on Earth.

We hope you enjoyed this blast from the past! Keep the time of year in mind when putting out content, and if you’re in need of unique, emotionally significant marketing pieces, The Pod Advertising is here for you!