Is Christmas over-commercialized?

christmasshoppingYoungest son: Daddy, what’s your favourite TV advert?

Me: I don’t have one. I always skip the adverts.

Youngest son: But you must have a favourite?

Me: No. I never watch them. But what’s your favourite?

Youngest son: It’s a Christmas advert. I don’t know what it’s called.

Me: Why do you like it?

Youngest son: I like the Christmas music, and the snow, and all the Christmassy things.

Me: And what is it advertising?

Youngest son: I think it’s just saying, be nice to each other. It’s advertising caring and sharing and giving presents.

Me: That sounds lovely. Do you think it might be advertising a company?

Youngest son: No, I don’t think so. If it is, I don’t know which one.

By the way, this will be my last blog post before Christmas, so may I take this opportunity to wish all my blog followers a very Happy Christmas!

15 responses to “Is Christmas over-commercialized?

  1. As with Hollywood, the marketing people make two plays at once. Come back Bill Hicks, we need you.

  2. Have a very happy Christmas too! Avoid the ad’s!

  3. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Steve. And to answer your question, yes, Christmas is over-commercialized.

  4. OK, I’m out of here now! Merry Christmas to all, and I’ll be back later!

  5. I guess the advertisement didn’t work, and that’s a good thing for your son! They rarely work on me…I usually ask my husband what the hell is being sold, and he shrugs. The best advertisement I’ve seen around here in Tucson is a sign on bus stops: “Legalize marinara.” It catches my eye every time. 🙂 It’s for an Italian restaurant.

    • We have a pizza company in Portland, OR called “Pizza Schmizza”. Around the election season, it sticks posters into the ground in red, blue, and white colors saying “Elect Schmizza for Dinner!”

      • That’s perfect! That would definitely catch my eye. My first thought would be, “That’s an unfortunate last name for a politician.”

        Yesterday I saw a new one. You may have noticed sign flippers, those people who hold signs on street corners, sometimes dancing around to catch your attention. Then the mannequins came along to replace them. Some had gyrating arms and wore bright clothing. Well the one I saw yesterday was missing its head. I couldn’t help but stare at the thing for a good thirty seconds and even made efforts to figure out what was being advertised (“free cell phone”).

  6. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  7. I’m glad to notice that your family has lifted your quarantine. Hope you are feeling good, and wishing you a happy holiday season with your family.

  8. Merry Christmas Steve.

  9. Merry Christmas Steve! I love Christmassy ads, best thing on TV . 😀

  10. Have a great holiday!

  11. Merry Christmas and a Happy Winter Solstice to you!

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