Music Monday: Some of My Favorite Christmas Songs (and THE Worst)

I was waiting for the Monday closest to Christmas to put this post together, which consists mostly of combining a couple of my previous posts about my favorite Christmas songs, with some updates. I also came across a short post about the worst Christmas song ever, and decided to include that here as well. So … Continue reading Music Monday: Some of My Favorite Christmas Songs (and THE Worst)

The Best of Britain’s Christmas Commercials, 2019

It's been a tradition since I started this blog to share the best Christmas commercials coming out of the U.K. For British retailers, the ads are the equivalent of the Super Bowl commercials in the U.S. I've already featured one British Christmas ad this year, the one by Hafod's, a hardware store in the Welsh … Continue reading The Best of Britain’s Christmas Commercials, 2019

I’m Dreaming of a $700,007 Aston Martin from Neiman Marcus

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Neiman Marcus has come out with its 2019 Christmas Book, full of outrageously expensive gifts. This is the first year that every gift is under one million dollars. So if you're ever going to buy something from this catalog, this may be the year. Here are my … Continue reading I’m Dreaming of a $700,007 Aston Martin from Neiman Marcus

Am I in Danger of Losing My Man Card?

If it were up to one reader of the Wall Street Journal, I'd have to give up my man card. Why? Because I voluntarily chose to watch a Hallmark Christmas movie. Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal had a front-page story about how popular Hallmark Christmas movies are, and not just among women. Some fans … Continue reading Am I in Danger of Losing My Man Card?

Fun Christmas Math

Did you ever wonder how many total gifts someone receives as a result of the song the 12 Days of Christmas? Or what individual gift was the most popular? What about Santa Claus and his delivery schedule? How many houses does he visit? How fast does he have to be traveling? How heavy is his … Continue reading Fun Christmas Math

The Best of Britain’s 2018 Christmas Commercials

I've noted before that Christmas commercials in the U.K. are like Super Bowl commercials in the U.S.; it's one of the highlights of the advertising world. I've already written about my favorite British Christmas commercial of 2018, the ad by John Lewis featuring Elton John. If you missed it, here it is; if you've seen it before, … Continue reading The Best of Britain’s 2018 Christmas Commercials

Is This the Worst Holiday TV Commercial?

Yes, it is. Perhaps you've seen it; if not here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvrem8e9LHI There are a couple of things I find annoying with this ad. First, how many people go out on Black Friday and buy two cars, one for themselves and one for their spouse? If that's GM's target market, I'm guessing it's a … Continue reading Is This the Worst Holiday TV Commercial?

Music Monday: Merry Christmas from The Killers

The Killers are one of the few bands that I got to know after the 1970s, and one of the things I like most about the band is that they used to release an original Christmas song/music video each year since 2006, with the profits going to support the Product RED campaign to end AIDS. In 2016, … Continue reading Music Monday: Merry Christmas from The Killers

British Firm Has the Nerve to Poke Fun at John Lewis’s Christmas Commercial Featuring Elton John

Last week I wrote about the great Christmas commercial British retailer John Lewis came out with this year which features Elton John. The Boy & The Piano opens with 71-year-old Sir Elton sitting at a piano at home, playing the first few notes of his famous hit Your Song. From there, it works backward through his life, from … Continue reading British Firm Has the Nerve to Poke Fun at John Lewis’s Christmas Commercial Featuring Elton John

Some Gifts Are More Than Just a Gift – the 2018 John Lewis Christmas Commercial Is Here!

It's one of the annual traditions I've looked forward to for the past few years, the release of the John Lewis (a British retailer) Christmas commercial. This year feels a little bit extra special after spending last winter in London and getting to visit the John Lewis flagship store on Oxford Street. This year is the first … Continue reading Some Gifts Are More Than Just a Gift – the 2018 John Lewis Christmas Commercial Is Here!