Coca-Cola’s Heartwarming 2020 Christmas Ad

Coca-Cola has always had some great ads, and this year's Christmas video is no exception. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg4Mq5EAEzw&feature=youtu.be Coca-Cola's Christmas marketing campaign, called ‘The Letter’, asks consumers to “give something only you can give – yourself” this Christmas as it encourages people to be truly present with each other. (The U.S. version of the ad ends with … Continue reading Coca-Cola’s Heartwarming 2020 Christmas Ad

Local Guy Makes THE App for the Holiday Season

It only took Mike Kane, a self-taught programmer from the Philly suburbs, three weekends to design his ChristmasPrism app. Late on Friday nights and early on Saturday mornings, before breakfast. The app allows homeowners with Christmas light displays to upload a photo of their home to the ChristmasPrism app. People out hunting for cool Christmas … Continue reading Local Guy Makes THE App for the Holiday Season

Looking for a New Addiction? How About WindowSwap

With many of us housebound for the past several months, the opportunity to experience new locales has literally disappeared. But thanks to a couple from Singapore, such opportunities have not virtually disappeared. Sonali Ranjit and Vaishnav Balasubramaniam created WindowSwap, a site that lets armchair travelers peaceably gaze at the view through hundreds of windows world-wide. … Continue reading Looking for a New Addiction? How About WindowSwap

Die Hard: Christmas Movie or Not?

We just finished watching Die Hard for the umpteenth time; it's become a holiday season tradition. But it makes me wonder why it is considered a Christmas movie. Rotten Tomatoes certainly has no problem classifying it as one; in its ranking of the 63 best Christmas movies, Die Hard comes in at number 12. But … Continue reading Die Hard: Christmas Movie or Not?

A Wonderful Christmas Message: #GiveWhatYouCan

I first wrote about Hafod Hardware of Wales last year when I discovered the wonderful Christmas advert they had put together, for a grand total of just $130. Well, they did it again this year. For 2020, the family-run businesses’ advert, with the tagline #GiveWhatYou Can, shows three-year-old Arthur secretly gathering household items, such as … Continue reading A Wonderful Christmas Message: #GiveWhatYouCan

Music Monday: And The Runner-up Is…

Last week I started the countdown of my top three Christmas songs. In third place was the beautiful song Oh Holy Night, sung by the remarkable Josh Groban. Today I am announcing my second favorite Christmas song, the runner-up for the title: Christmas in L.A. by The Killers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=938GYJjxBeU&feature=emb_logo Like all of my top three … Continue reading Music Monday: And The Runner-up Is…

Christmas Ad Features Functional Fitness at Its Finest

I'm not sure I would have ever come across this ad if it hadn't been for my middle son sending me the link. “Take Care of Yourself” is a new holiday advertisement from Doc Morris, one of Germany’s biggest online pharmaceutical services. The ad starts off with an elderly man apparently living alone, looking at photographs … Continue reading Christmas Ad Features Functional Fitness at Its Finest

If You Knew You Had Less in Savings Than Your Neighbors, Would You Start Saving More?

Researchers in the Netherlands wanted to find out whether people with a low savings amount would start saving more if they knew they saved less than others in their neighborhood. Providing such info is referred to as a social norm nudge. Such nudges signal appropriate behavior and are classed as behavioral expectations or rules within … Continue reading If You Knew You Had Less in Savings Than Your Neighbors, Would You Start Saving More?

I Waited All Year for This, and…

I feel guilty saying that I'm a little disappointed. I'm talking about this year's Christmas advert from John Lewis/Waitrose. It's always been one of the highlights of the Christmas season for me, since they have produced some memorable ads over the years. But I didn't think this year's ad lived up to the high standards … Continue reading I Waited All Year for This, and…