Thursday, November 4, 2010

Jingle Jingle feel the Tingle

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting tingling, toooo...Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you...! Ah, it's true! I admit it; I caved and searched out my very first Christmas song of the season yesterday. I couldn't help it. It was as if my body was overtaken by some strange crocheted sweater wearing, tinsel tossing, candy cane licking force. My fingers had a mind of their own as I scrolled through our iTunes library and looked for that one particular song that I haven't been able to get out of my head for the past WEEK.

Yes, I've been bitten by the bug. The holiday bug. And the effect of such a bite begins with just a little tingling sensation in the midsection that starts the urge to listen to holiday tunes, then quickly spreads upward causing excessive cookie baking and the inability to resist the glamour of the Christmas store-aisles. Soon, the bug's sweet venom will take over my entire brain, causing those all-familiar sugar plums to start dancing in my head 24/7. I am already itching to put up our Christmas tree, just itching.

Don't get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving. I would never want to gloss over the day of family, thanks, and turkey gobbling. But I am that person who can't flip past the random Christmas movie playing in the middle of July. What is it about watching other people play in the snow while I'm sipping sweet tea and wearing flip flops? Ooh, this is a great time to segueway into my "idea" for today's post. :)

I used to own an old TV recorded copy of The Sound of Music, which I adored. I think that the movie is darling, but that's not why I loved that particular VHS. I loved it because of the commercials. Eek, I know! In this day and age commercials are simply viewed as annoying and if you're lucky you've Tivo'ed your shows and can just fast-forward through them. But this tape was recorded in the late 80's (I know because there was a commercial to "Join the President and Mrs. Reagan as they give the holiday tour of the White House") and the commercials were cheesy and nostalgic. Not only were they cheesy 80's commercials, but they were cheesy 80's Christmas commercials.

You know the ones, with their ads for special cranberry dipping sauces and limited time holiday mugs. The ones where Santa Clause endorsed everything from toy trains to oreo cookies. Those commercials are about as classic as Rudolph and the Heat Miser are to me. And just yesterday, as I was giving in to my Christmas song urges, I couldn't help but seek out a few of those commercials on the site that has everything you could ever dream of: youtube.

So if you're feeling a little nostalgic, and if you don't mind a little early Christmas, then check out a few of my favorite holiday commercials from way back when.  I'm curious to know if you remember these, too!
"Holidays are coming, holidays are coming..." :)

This is probably one of my favorites from when I was a kid. I just loved it!

And you have to remember this one!

Gosh, there are so many more to choose from! But maybe these will invite the holiday bug to your place next. Do you feel the tingle yet? Or am I the only Christmas crazed lunatic around? And don't worry, Thanksgiving, I haven't forgotten about you!  I just had to get this one out of my system. I'm feeling much better now. And I'm pretty sure I need to go eat an oreo. 


Anonymous said...

You must have had a short night. I just read your election party blog earlier this morning. You need to get me your Christmas list since you got me in the shopping mode.

Your Father-In-Law

Meagan said...

I know how you feel...Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday ever!! I'm sooo ready to get out all of my decorations & I look at the stuff that is out in the stores already every single time I'm there because something about just makes me happy!!

Staci said...

I start thinking about Christmas in February...which drives Wade NUTS! I don't think i get bit by the bug, i think i have a chronic condition. Anything on Christmas will always grab my attention. And i'm glad to see you didn't replace "Christ"mas with "x"mas...that's a huge pet peeve of mine. I enjoy Thanksgiving as well, but usually end up putting Christmas decor up mid November. Unfortunately, i have Thanksgiving on my side, so i will have to wait till the Friday after to put up Christmas...don't know how i'll stand the wait :)

Anonymous said...

I TOTALLY remember the first two commercials, the McDonald's one was my favorite. this year, those companies should bring out the old commercials to make us all nostalgic so we try to go relive our childhood holidays in McDonald's or drinking Coke.

and here's a little history lesson. (I got this one from my pastor husband) in either the ancient Greek or Latin (I don't remember which) alphabet, "x" was actually the first letter in the spelling of Christ's name, and was actually a common way of referring to Christ. so it's not like "taking Christ out of Christmas" it is, in fact, just the opposite! Nick actually prefers to use the "x" because he thinks it shows the respect of those who actually knew the person of Christ when we are celebrating his birth.

joyce said...

Already have half my Christmas shopping done, (by the way I have had your gift purchased for a while Adrien) LOL, You must get the early holiday spirit mood from me:)


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