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John Lewis Christmas advert 2016

You know Christmas isn’t Christmas until the John Lewis advert comes out!

The last couple of John Lewis Christmas adverts have been kind of a bust for me (especially the weird man in the moon advert from last year, which I didn’t even blog about because it was so ridiculous – but I did laugh at the Guardian’s take on it. As an aside, this style of writing is why British newspapers completely kick American newspapers’ big fat bums.)

And without further ado, here is this year’s advert — which I really like. Animals bouncing on trampolines! It’s simple pleasure tied up in a big red bow!

What do you think? Yay or nay?


John Lewis’ 2014 Christmas advert

Nothing says “Christmas is coming” quite like John Lewis’ annual Christmas advert.

Here’s this year’s present.

What do you think? Do you like #Montythepenguin? I’ll admit that I cried the first two times I watched it. (It’s definitely an improvement over last year’s bear advert, but not as good as the 2011 version)

John Lewis’ 2013 Christmas advert

Wow. It’s not even December yet, but John Lewis has unveiled its 2013 Christmas advert – this time, an animated tale about a hare and a bear.

I’ve blogged before about how much I adore their annual holiday adverts and I do like the heart of it and Lily Allen’s cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know.” (We bought it on iTunes last week and it’s been on perpetual repeat ever since!)

What do you think? Yay or nay? I’m finding it hard for any Christmas advert to live up to the sheer Christmas magic and Britishness of this one.

John Lewis’ 2012 Christmas advert

Here it is!

It is called “The Journey” and follows one snowman’s quest for the perfect gift for a loved one. Again, whimsical, sweet and like no department store commercial we have in the U.S.

John Lewis’ latest advert

I’ve blogged before about British retailer John Lewis’ adverts and how well done they are. Well, they’ve done it again.

Check out their latest advert, which launched last Friday.

Great concept and lovely cover of INXS’s “Never Tear Us Apart” sung beautifully by British singer Paloma Faith. *Sigh*

Christmas, John Lewis style

I’m not the kind of person who listens to Christmas music right after Halloween, or puts the tree up right after Thanksgiving. As far as I’m concerned, November 14th is way too early to be even contemplating the holiday season.

But the latest Christmas advert by British retailer John Lewis, which was released a few days ago, absolutely has gotten me into the Christmas spirit. Watch.

This advert just captures the magic of Christmas in Britain to me.

Some fans of The Smiths are up in arms about the use of a cover of “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” for such commercialism, but I like it.

(It should be noted that “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” was used in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” as well as “Pretty in Pink” so am failing to see the big whoop.)