Friday Five Favourite – Christmas Adverts 2021 – The Runners Up

3 12 2021

After last week’s top five, here are the five that were great, but not quite great enough!

Macy’s – “Tiptoe and the Flying Machine”
Yes I know it’s not a UK advert, and that’s why it was relegated to the runners up list, but the reindeer being scared to fly was an adorable story.
Amazon – “Kindness, the Greatest Gift”
A lovely story of someone looking out for their neighbour, and I’m a sucker for anything with a bit of mental-health awareness, even if it *is* Amazon
M&S Food – “Percy Pig comes to life for the first time ever”
I’ll be honest, while this is about Percy Pig coming to life, which was entertaining, on my first watching I was mostly excited about Dawn French
Asda – “Make Christmas Spectacular”
Everywhere is an ice rink!
Morrisons – “Farmer Christmas”
With zoomorphic HGVs





Friday Five Favourite – Christmas Adverts 2021

26 11 2021

It’s that time of year!! With Advent Sunday this weekend, here are my top five adverts this Christmas season.
I’ve noticed that some companies take the YouTube videos back down after Christmas, leaving some of my old posts with dead links, and so this year I’ve tried to add a tiny description or comment for each one.

Celebrations – “The Lonely Bounty”
This feels more like an April Fool than a Christmas advert, but if true, is brilliant – and really made me laugh.
Aldi – “Ebanana Scrooge”
Two videos for this one, a teaser and then the full advert. Ever since the introduction of Kevin the Carrot, Aldi’s Christmas adverts have been so so strong, and the character of Ebanana Scrooge and his origin story this year is superb.
Lidl
Strong Back To The Future vibes from this one, I particularly loved that there was the future, and then even further in the future
Coca-Cola – “Chimney”
As someone who lives in a flat, I loved this way of making sure Father Christmas can still get into your home!
Tesco – “This Christmas, Nothing’s Stopping Us”
This just felt uplifting and optimistic after last year!





Friday Five Favourite: Christmas Adverts 2020 – the runners up

11 12 2020

Last week you got my top 5, here are the 5 that didn’t quite make it!

John Lewis
I think the only reason this didn’t make the top five is that I feel like someone else did a really similar idea in the last year or two

Lego

Tesco

Coca-Cola

Barbour
I like the message this gives against disposable culture!





Friday Five Favourite: Christmas Advert Runners-Up 2019

13 12 2019

Those that didn’t quite make my top five this year, but would be included if it was a top ten πŸ™‚

Walkers

McDonalds

BBC

Asda

Very





Friday Five Favourite: Christmas Adverts 2019

6 12 2019

As has become another tradition on here, here are my top five Christmas adverts in the UK this year – there’ll be a runners up list next week!

John Lewis

And of course, someone’s done a decent spoof as well!

Sainsburys

Aldi

Argos

Joules





Friday Five Favourite: Christmas Advert Runners Up 2018

7 12 2018

A selection of this year’s Christmas adverts that were good, that were maybe warm and fuzzy, but not strong enough to make the top five – in no particular order…

McDonalds

Intu

Vodafone

John Lewis

Asda

As an added bonus, this isn’t really a Christmas advert, but absolutely superb, possibly better than all of the above. Every year, when John Lewis release their Christmas advert, a man in the USA with the twitter handle @johnlewis is completely overwhelmed with responses (John Lewis’ actual twitter handles is @jlandpartners, used to be @johnlewisretail or something like that), so this year, Twitter worked with him to make this





Friday Five Favourite: Christmas Adverts 2018

30 11 2018

It’s back! Advent starts tomorrow and I think all the major companies have released their Christmas adverts now, so here are my top five for this year! (Next week I’ll share five that didn’t quite make the list…)

Sainsburys (mostly for Plug Boy!)

KFC

Waitrose (it was a tough call between the below and this one)

Aldi (Other entries this year here, here and here!)

Lidl





Friday Five Favourite: Christmas Songs

11 12 2015

I’d call this a fairly eclectic mix. I will put in a disclaimer early on that these are not all Christian songs – shock horror! I have put together a mixture of my absolute favourite songs that are justifiable to play at this time of year! We have Worship, Pop, Classical, Carol and Folk
What are your favourite Christmas Songs?

The People Who Walk In Darkness – Based on Isaiah 9, and just so celebratory!

Merry Christmas Everyone – I find it extremely difficult not to dance to this song!

Christmas Festival Overture – My favourite bit of this one is when Jingle Bells turns into O Come All Ye Faithful, it’s so clever!

O Come All Ye Faithful – Who doesn’t love a descant at Christmas?

Ding Dong Merrily on High – I love to just listen to the glockenspiel in this one!





Neighbours and parasols

8 12 2015

I’ve been getting Advent Challenges in my inbox each morning from The Bible Society. Each day they send you three challenges to encourage you to do something for others during this season. The idea is that generally you’ll find one of them that you can manage to do.

On Wednesday 2nd December, the three options given were:

  • Send cards to the neighbours you don’t know – But I don’t know their names to write in them!
  • Join a local group or club in the new year – But I don’t have the time!
  • Invite a neighbour over for a cuppa – I hate tea.

So I thought to myself, you know what, I might give this one a miss, there’s many more days left this month, I can do two challenges another day and catch up.

On the Saturday, late morning, I came downstairs and opened the lounge curtains, and saw that we had a new navy blue parasol lying on the ground – t was extremely windy on Friday night! So what did I have to do? That’s right, go and knock on my neighbour’s doors to find out whose it was!

Doesn’t God have a good sense of humour?! πŸ™‚

It was a tad windy last night. We gained a parasol!

A photo posted by Ineke Clewer (@inekeclewer) on





Friday five favourite: Christmas Adverts 2015

27 11 2015

Something else that’s become something of an annual tradition – my Friday Five Favourite Christmas adverts from this year πŸ™‚

Mulberry

IKEA

Sainsburys

Lidl

Asda – this is mainly for the car covered in fairy lights πŸ™‚


I haven’t put John Lewis in this year, mainly due to the science issues….! That said, a good remake has been done, so as a bonus, please enjoy the below:


**UPDATE**
A late entry from the Co-op!


**UPDATE 2**
And a superb one from vodafone!