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A Blast from Christmas Past with a nod to the Present

By Kelly Farrell | December 21, 2020


Our Most Beloved TV Spots from Christmas Past and Present

Even the biggest humbug loves a good holiday commercial. On that merry note, we asked our staff to choose their favorite TV commercials.

Kelly’s Pick:

This heart-warmer doesn’t get lost in translation.


Chad’s Pick

Short, simple, clever and it never takes you away from the product.


Matt’s Pick:

I don’t see too many commercials and I haven’t paid much attention this year because we are usually streaming a binge-worthy series. But this one is pretty funny, especially since we used to have a dog who loved sticks of any size and shape.


Ginger’s Picks:

This tear-jerker from Kohl’s hits me with all the feel! They captured our relevant predicament and turned it into a heartfelt reason for the season. Pass the Kleenex, please.


Well, this is the recent past. But it reflects a time when the technology was still newish in a way that feels nostalgic. And it makes me wish this was the kind of socially close holiday we could all share this year.


Shaun’s Pick:

“They do exist!” by M&M. For every kid who wanted to sneak downstairs in the middle of the night and catch Santa Claus in the act. Probably the most creative and hilarious 15-second spot ever. Playing on the mysterious feeling of Christmas Eve and whether Santa Claus really exists. Some creative details are the red M&M burning his finger on the candle and the M&M reflections on the Christmas bulb. The objective was product awareness for red and green M&Ms.


Anna’s Picks:

M&M’s – Faint 2: A Very Yellow Sequel. The sequel to the classic M&Ms commercial Shaun picked. This one debuted after 21 years, and wrapped up the story with style. A good example of capitalizing on a marketing hit.


Short and simple:


Rachel’s Pick:

Sainsbury’s Ad 1914. Wow, this commercial really hits me with how much I have to be thankful for, how many people are not with family and friends or in a tough situation at Christmas time.  However, it shows that no matter what the situation is, one can always make the best of it and be kind.  Plus this is from true-life events, which is even more of a heartwarming story. What a way to celebrate our Savior’s birth by making friends with the enemy.


Falalalala dR Holiday Music Playlist

In lieu of caroling in person for you this year, we’ve done the next best thing. We’ve put together a playlist of our favorite holiday songs. Feel free to sing along!


Kelly’s Picks:

HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER). (Ultimate Mix, 2020) John & Yoko Plastic Ono Band + Harlem Community Choir
Nat King Cole,Frank Sinatra,Dean Martin,Elvis Presley,Bing Crosby Classics Christmas with Fireplace–j2gXU
Chad’s Picks:

I’m not a huge fan of holiday songs, but there are two that always make me smile for different reasons:


This David Bowie/Bing Crosby duet is so amazingly awkward and uncomfortable it’s hilarious. My friend and I have been texting this back and forth once every Christmas for years.


It’s so awkward that
Will Farrell and John C. Reilly recreated it verbatim.


But my favorite

Christmas song is from the Peanuts Christmas Special from when I was a kid:


Ginger’s Picks:

The Christmas Song, Nat King Cole.

If you don’t love this one, I have a hard time believing that you have a pulse!


Hallelujah, Pentatonix.

Okay, so this isn’t really a true Christmas song, but I love it anyhow!


Shaun Pick’s:

“Christmas Canon,” Trans-Siberian Orchestra


Long December, Counting Crows


Winter Winds, Mumford Sons


Sweater Weather – The Neighborhood


Run-Rudolph-Run, Chuck Berry


Anna’s Picks:

Skating, Vince Guaraldi Trio


Christmas in Jail, the Youngsters


Frosty the Snowman, Harry Connick Jr.


Matt’s Picks:

I’ll second Chad’s pick of the Bing Crosby/David Bowie duet. But I don’t think it’s awkward. I think their voices and the two songs blend well together. And I still vividly remember seeing it for the first time back in high school.


Little Drummer Boy – Bob Seger. I just think this is a great Christmas song/message, and I love Bob Seger’s version.


Children Go Where I Send Thee – Natalie Merchant. I think this one has a great groove, and Natalie Merchant is from Western New York so that’s a plus:-


Christmas in Hollis – Run DMC. Reminds me of when the kids were little, we would play music and have them dance at night to tire them out for bed. At Christmas time, this was a favorite for that purpose.


Rachel’s Picks:

My absolute favorite is a toss-up between Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood singing Silent Night and Il Divo’s version of Oh Holy Night. 


Silent Night – Kelly, Reba and Trisha


Oh Holy Night – Il Divo


I have to second Shaun with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Canon – it has always given me the chills when you listen to it on a great sound system!


Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix – This is a very talented group with all a cappella vocals


Mary, Did You Know – Pentatonix

We’ll dR See you again next year!

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Kelly has a unique talent for uncovering what's special about her clients. It’s her specialty, and the heart of how designRoom approaches branding. Kelly learned design and branding while working in advertising as an Art Director, Designer, and Account Representative for several national/regional brands; Cellular One/Ohio, Northfield Park, National City Bank, and Mr. Hero. Her future, however, included a more passionate approach to the work and more direct engagement with her clients. In 1990 designRoom was born. One room. One designer. And lots of room to grow. Today, under Kelly’s leadership, designRoom is a national, award-winning branding and design firm. With her innate ability to see the right solution and her passion for helping clients reach their goals, Kelly is a fierce brand advocate for behavioral health organizations across the U.S. Her unique approach makes her a sought after national speaker on the importance of branding in behavioral health. Kelly focuses on how branding can unify an organization internally, amplify their unique market position, and help them move in a positive, sustainable direction.

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