Sunday, December 19, 2010

Holiday Commercial Overload

by Leann

Every kiss does NOT begin with Kay. He didn't go to Jared. And isn't likely to do so. My son will not be sneaking into the house and making coffee on Christmas morning. He won't be anywhere near my house. I don't want a vacuum cleaner for Christmas, the one being sold by a white-haired kinda creepy scientist with an accent. I don't want a new TV that might require me to wear glasses over my glasses. 3D gives me nightmares and I would think it might give children nightmares, too.

I had ONE Barbie my entire childhood. Now they come in twelve-packs. The entire set of Harry Potter movies? Nope. Don't even want one now that I've seen the commercial 500 times. And if someone somehow managed to drive a luxury automobile into my living room, I think I'd freak out so much I might have a heart attack. And the idea of cutting down a tree so big you could put a car underneath seems like a truly terrible idea. I wouldn't be smiling. I'd be asking my husband if he'd finally lost his mind.

That crazy Target lady running in high heels and spandex up hill was amusing--but once is enough. Do we really need to see the same advertisements over and over and over? It's like someone telling you a joke ten times in a row. Would you still be laughing after the tenth time? But you know there are a set of commercials they pull out year after year that I never tire of.

The Clydesdales.

Yup. Leave it to a brewery to give us some class at Christmas. Thank you, Budweiser.

Happy Holidays to all of you. (And do share your most hated holiday commercials. Consider it a gift to this grinch!)

25 comments:

Chicken Herder from Westville said...

You are so right!

Linda Leszczuk said...

This isn't much of an issue for me any more. Since my husband and I are rarely sitting in front of the TV when our favorite shows are on, we DVR them to watch later...which means we can fast-forward through the commercials. But I have been known to stop and watch the Clydesdales.

Kay Finch said...

I agree about the crazy Target lady. I laughed at her maybe three times because they were all different commercials, but enough of her. And talk about Barbies!!! I had one Barbie knock-off doll when I was a kid (and I still have her). The other day I was playing Barbie house with my 5-year-old granddaughter and asked her how maybe Barbies she thought she had to which she quickly answered 59.

Dru said...

I don't like the frequency of many of the holiday commercials. There are some that I never tire of.

Leann Sweeney said...

I do love the DVR for skipping commercials. And Kay. 59 Barbies? Someone needs to put up a stop sign! Yikes. Okay, I'm old fashioned. One Barbie did me just fine but this is no longer a one Barbie world. Sigh.

Janet C said...

If I don't get the Overstock.com song out of my head soon, I will be completely nuts by Christmas.

Bookwoman said...

I've begun to tune out the commercials and most times I'm reading even if the TV is on. But I do like the Clydesdale commercials. And there is one Kay commercial I like. It's the one where the soldier is talking to his wife via Skype or whatever and his son is there, to give the present to Mom. It's very close to my experience last Christmas so it has a special place in my heart. I miss the polar bear Coke commercials, though. Sometimes the older commercials are just better.

Beverly aka Bookwoman

RosieJo said...

Despise most of the Christmas commercials. They are not about Christmas, but about increasing the debt most folks already can't handle. You are so right about the Clydesdales. They, too, are not so Christmas-ee, but so special anytime.

Mare F said...

I agree about the Clydesdales. Those commercials are always well done. As for the rest, it would help if they didn't run as long as political ads and with same frequency. You rock!

Leann Sweeney said...

We all seem to be in agreement here. Why don't the commercial makers get this? And I shared a link on my Facebook page to a 30 second Clydesdale ad. Wonderful, as always!

Rita B said...

I so agree. The only commercials I look forward to are the Clydsdales. They are classy and funny. It almost makes you want Xmas to be over with. But that means the "after Xmas sale" ads will be on.....sigh!

Heather Webber said...

I would be a happy woman if the perfume commercials would go away forever. Groan.

Miki Willa said...

I don't watch much television, but I do really get annoyed with Christmas commercials. It seems it is all about greed. I really don't like the Homegoods ad where the mom pushes the kids out of the way to open her European Crystal bowl package. Wow. What more is there to say?

Gayle Carline said...

Love the Clydesdales, but I'm a horsey gal, anyway. The commercials I hate most are the car commercials, with the big bow on the top. When I see them, all I can think about is NEXT Christmas, when the new owner gets their DMV registration bill. Merry Christmas, indeed!

Catmommie said...

Amen! I'm so glad they finally got rid of the annoying "I wanna be a Toys R Us kid" jingle. oy.

I love the Clydesdales, but rarely see them.

But, the most annoying are the car ones. We bought our last three cars in November or December and it was never such a happy experience, nor were they an Audi, Mercedes, or Lexus.

Leann Sweeney said...

Yes, annoying car commercials seem to bother me the most. I particularly think their little "financing available for well-qualified buyers" dig is actually intended to draw in people who shouldn't be buying a 50,000 dollar car. But we all like to think of ourselves as well-qualified. :-) I will never buy a car worth the price of someone's college education.

Jessica said...

I seem to have seen a lot more commericals this year, but I think it is because we have gotten more snow and I don't want to go outside. The jewelry stores always peeve me off. It seems that all of us women can be bought with jewelry and that all we ever want for Christmas is gold and diamonds. I am sure many guys out there feel the pressure that unless they get their gal expensive jewelry, they aren't worthy of her. I happen to like the little things my daughter buys me at the Secret Santa store at school that only costs a $1. I like the homemade wrapping paper and card the best. She chose it from her heart and that is all that matters.

Leann Sweeney said...

Smart of you to add the man's perspective. They feel pressure and we feel like we can be bought. The winner here seems to be the jeweler!

Maggie Sefton said...

Ohhh, the diamond jewelry commercials by far are the most annoying. I agree with former comment about women being "bought" with expensive jewelry. But the thing that really bothers me is this ruse that's out there that diamonds are "rare" thus worth the extra expense. There's a "shortage." Nonsense. That so-called shortage is artificially produced by the European diamond merchants. They've got carts & carts of diamonds stored in their vaults in Europe. If you want to take a hard look at the diamond business, read "Blood Diamond" which was written a few years ago by an American journalist who went to Africa and stayed a year bec he was so fascinated and commited to report what he saw going on. It was turned into a wonderful movie with Leo Di Caprio. Marvelous performances by all the actors. And very enlightening.

Rural View said...

I hate, hate, hate the insurance ad starring the "Mayhem" guy!!!!! And they seem to be on every 10 minutes some days. Many others drive me nuts too, but that's the worst this year - even more than Chia pets, the clapper, and all those other Christmas gadget ads.

Queen Lizz said...

Speaking as a former gemologist and 20+ years in the business, I have to say the the commercials are quite annoying. Not all women are jewelry oriented.

However, as far as the rarity of diamonds are concerned, I feel compelled to set the record straight. Out of all the millions and millions of diamonds that are mined, approximately 80% are industrial quality - meaning that they are not of gem quality and end up on saw blades and belt sanders. Now, out of the 20% that are left, approximately 80% of those are I1 to I3 clarity - meaning you can see imperfections with the naked eye. So, the rarity that is spoken of here, merely refers to a higher gem quality diamond, which is indeed rare, compared to the sum total that are mined. As the old adage states: You get what you pay for.

Vickie said...

I love the Clydesdales, too. I've been known to tear up at some of them.

I haven't hit saturation point on the commercials, only the crowds.

I would hit my husband if he bought me a vacuum for Christmas....there's a flat space on the back of every man's cranium that fits perfectly the flat side of the cast iron frying pan...just sayin'..

*grin*

Leann Sweeney said...

Ah, yes, that flat spot! Love it! That information might come in handy if not for a vacuum, for some other similar home appliance disguised as a gift.

Kimber Leszczuk. said...

We fast forward through the commercials. :)

Leann Sweeney said...

I try to fast forward whenever possible, but we watch a lot of sports in real time. Lots of jewelry and car commercials during that kind of programming. Sigh.