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Christmas Commercials

After my Christmas California Raisins’ post, I had the idea of posting my ten favorite Christmas commercials (I don’t know why TV and Christmas go hand-in-hand with me). However, after a thorough internet search, I couldn’t find several of my choices, especially my number one, so I ditched the idea. Well, with this post-Christmas-come-down (a time when we make do with the either the gifts we got but didn’t want or wanted be didn’t get), I figured I’d post this abortion anyway. That and I haven’t posted anything in several weeks.

6)Folgers Coffee

I debated leaving this thing off the list, but it’s the first commercial I thought of when this post occurred to me. I mean, the thing is marketing gold. Kid comes home early. Makes coffee. Entire family is happy. Suddenly everyone wants Folgers Coffee.

However, that is not why I included it. This commercial always reminded me of the kitchen scene in “Gremlins.” As a kid, I halfway expected Spike to show up and just tear apart Peter and his sister.

5) Norelco Santa

Santa sledding in a piece of a razor cracked me up. So sue me. And did they really just suggest giving a blood pressure meter for Christmas?

4) Hershey’s Kisses

It’s kind of like the bell skit in “Will Vinton’s Chirstmas Celebration,” but not as good. Fun nonetheless.


As a child, I thought this was considered “sexy.” Probably explains a lot of my problems.

2) Honey Nut Cheerios

This commercial was always odd, because it always seemed very grown-up to me. This has to be the first cereal advertisement where it only features an adult and is not made out to be an idiot. Naturally, in my childish mind, I felt grownup since I enjoyed Honey Nut Cheerios. Oh, the magic of marketing!

1) Fruity Pebbles

For once, Barney is able to enjoy Fred’s Pebbles without worry of being beaten. Proof that world peace is possible!

Well, that’s it. I’m still upset that I couldn’t find my original choice for number one, which was Taco John’s “Feliz Navidad” commercial. If you’re fortunate enough to have a Taco John’s in your area, you probably know what I’m talking about. I’m unable to here Jose Feliciano’s Christmas Carol with having “…and from Taco John’s” follow the final line.


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A Very California Raisins’ Christmas

As a kid one of my favorite things about Christmas was the Christmas TV specials. Yes, the presents and the family gatherings were nice, but, for some reason, I loved the TV specials. “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “A Chipmunk Christmas,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and so on were always eagerly anticipated. However, the one I remember enjoying most was “Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas Celebration” (aka The California Raisins’ Christmas Special). I only saw it once and loved it. From time to time, it would pop into my head and would wonder about it, but I probably hadn’t thought about it in the last five years or so. Then earlier this week, I stumbled across a clip of the show. After watching the clip, I clicking on more of the clips until I watched the entire episode.

When finished, I was surprised at how I still enjoyed the episode. Sure, the claymation is spotty at times, there are some cheesy moments (the “We Three Kings” skit and ), and the music is dated, yet I still found it entertaining. I was most impressed with lack of airtime the California Raisins got. If you were alive during the mid to late 80’s, then I need not remind you how huge the California Raisins were. Despite this, they were relegated to sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and that’s it. And, in retrospect, that’s fine as it’s now my least favorite part (though as a kid, I was one of the millions who had a ton of Raisins crap).

Anyway, the dinosaurs hosts, Herb and Rex, are awesome, the bells from the “Carol of the Bells” are goofy, and the penguins and walruses are great. So just watch it already.

part 1

part 2

part 3



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