*Editor’s Note: While it can be tough being a lonely Jew on Christmas, this post has nothing to do with that. I am not bitter Hebrew. I have been lucky enough to experience both (C)Hanukah and Christmas the past few years, and enjoy both.
I had trouble titling this post. Why? Because for some reason I thought “Will TV stations please stop airing effing holiday commercials two months out” was a tad too long and verbose. Seriously though, I saw the first holiday themed commercial about 10 days before Halloween. Oh, and by “holiday” I think we all know I mean “Christmas.” Lets face it, the Jews aren’t exactly shoving Hanukah Harry themed items down our collective throats. This first commercial was a gospel themed CD. I found it odd that it was airing up in the Vermont area – the advertisements probably aren’t reaching the targeted audience. Stoned white college tree huggers are probably not jumping to their phones to purchase the CD.
Here’s the thing about all this over-advertisement: while it’s true Americans are generally dumb (see election 2004), we are not so dumb that we need to be reminded that Christmas is on the way and all the stores of lots of really really good sales (I wrote that sentence a bit dumbed down to emphasize my point). We are all all to aware of what Best Buys, Targets and shopping malls in general will be like for the next six weeks, we do not need it rammed in our faces through all forms of media.
Not only do we need to deal with excessive advertising, we need to deal with excessively cheesy advertising. Take a gander at this, then this, and finally this one. Ok, so that last one wasn’t cheesy, but it brings me to my next point – at one point Tyra Banks was incredibly attractive.
What about the first two commercials help advertise their products? Are they trying to tell me if I do my house decorations at Lowe’s and grab my tree (or menorah) there that my daughter will surpise me with a visit? I would hope that in the future my kids will show a little gratitude for all that I end up doing for them, such as putting them college. Or I should say, they should show some gratitude to my wife for putting them through college and me for being Mr. Mom.
You want a good Christmas commercial, check this retro stuff out – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7kxPYzigCQ. I have to cut this short because I want to crush some Oreo’s and skim milk.