It's just not Christmas until I see Santa riding an electric razor

Over in the annoying commercial thread we are beginning to be annoyed at holiday commercials. I don’t want to talk about annoying holiday commercials, though. I want to know if you have an iconic now-it’s-the-holiday-season ad. Because we all need to get into the Christmas spirit of buying stuff.

I don’t think I’ve seen the Norelco ad mentioned in the title in ages, but it sure got young me excited for the coming of Christmas and I think of it fondly to this day. The Coke polar bears is a more recent favorite holiday commercial. What commercials make you think “Yay! Presents are coming!”

I love seeing the Norelco commercial! That meant Xmas was just a couple weeks away. That was back when Xmas wasn’t promoted until mid-December!

Andre champagne. This commercial ran for so many years the characters’ clothes went out of style.

And let’s just go ahead and mention everyone’s favorite creepy Christmas commercial - Folgers!

Nöelco - Even our name means Christmas!

Publix supermarkets produce some really nice commercials every year. Often with those come-to-life salt-and-pepper shakers.

“Here’s the Salad Shooter!”

I don’t exactly think yay, but that stupid hershey’s kisses ringing like xmas bells certainly reminded me what time of year it is this year. That’s been running for what, 10 or 15 yrs now?

Missed the edit window:

Haven’t seen it in years, but the 7-UP Undeer was a favorite in our house. La, la-la-la, la-la-OH! HI, THERE!

I always associate the Norelco Santa commercial with the Rudolph special. I don’t know if that’s the only time it was shown, but that’s the association in my mind. Thanks for the memory!

Floating heads, floating heads, floating all the way…

Anyone else remember the Un-deer?

And then there was "I didn’t give him cookies, I gave him cheese!"

My parents said that one was a bad idea. Fun for adults, but still not good, because of expectations it might set in kids. My younger cousin did in fact want to leave Santa cheese one year.

They haven’t run them for years, but Canadian Tire’s Give Like Santa, Save Like Scrooge ads used to be.

Not seeing how this is any more of a bad thing than cookies.

Scale. Children leave cookies every year and they know what they get from that. They expect much more if leaving cheese, given the commercial.

Of course, in the end, kids will just learn commercials lie/mislead, which I suppose isn’t the worst lesson to learn. But it would make Christmas morning unpleasant.

The Hess Toy Truck ads. Even back when Hess still had gas stations, this is the only time of year they would run TV ads here, and only for the latest item in their truck series.

First runner up is the car ads (especially Lexus) where the car is wearing a big bow on the hood or roof. Unfortunately I don’t think I’ll ever be getting a Lexus for Christmas, though. Bummer.

I also loved that Norelco razor ad. Something about the razor scooting along leaving a perfect trail behind in the snow.

Here’s a compilation of the Norelco razor ad over the years.

I still like the one in which Santa meets the M&M characters.

For Pittsburghers, it ain’t Christmas until yinz have seen the Eat n Park Sparkle commercial

My two “iconic” ones that seem to be around are the Hershey’s Kisses ad where the kisses are played like hand bells (playing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”), and the Corona “Feliz Navidad” ad with someone whistling “O Christmas Tree” and then a palm tree lights up like a Christmas tree. The M&Ms “He’s Real! / They’re Real!” ad is getting there, but I think it’s still a little new to be “iconic” just yet.

And, of course, it’s just not Christmas without the San Francisco Ballet commercials for that year’s Nutcracker performances, but those change from year to year.

The Sprite Christmas commercial from the 70’s.