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I don't know why it takes me by surprise every damn year, but it does. They start out fairly subtle at first. Perhaps a commercial with mom, dad and the kids running through swirling snow wearing new jackets and hats that quickly cuts to the Macy's logo with just a hint of holiday glow. I suppose they are just conditioning us for what is to shortly come. They know the public hates to settle down to watch television after a beautiful autumnal day, only to get smacked upside the head by Santa's bag. But within a week, Santa will have us all by the short and curlies.

For the next 1/5 of an entire year, we will be barraged with 30 second clips designed to whip us into a consumer frenzy until we lay down our heads the night of December 25th, exhausted, whimpering, numb and relieved the entire thing is over for another year. And we finally go to sleep with visions of smouldering credit cards dancing in our heads.

I have long held the suspicion that marketing executives for large corporations actually hold people in utter contempt and love to see them suffer, particularly if they can make a dirty dime off it. Christmas is a Sadist's holiday for them.

How else to explain this?

Or this?

Or this?

All that being said, there is currently a Christmas commercial going viral that was released in Great Britain by the department store chain, John Lewis. I really have to give this one props. It is beautifully rendered with a sweet story, accompanied by the lovely Keane song Somewhere Only We Know as sung by the talented Lily Allen.

Seriously, give this a quick watch in full screen.

Yes, it tugged at my heart strings. Until my head took back over and realized that if I were that bear, I would be seriously pissed that some damned rabbit woke me up from a perfectly sound nap, only to be a prop in another stinking Christmas commercial.

I would have to maul some woodland creatures.

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November 9, 2013

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November 8, 2013

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  1) And no adult could scrape up 30 cents to cover the by marleycat — 181
  2) In the immortal words of Rick Perry... by earicicle — 178
  3) I wouldn't let Rand Paul operate on the by ontheleftcoast — 177
  4) I know that this is all largely Beltway hot air, by Bob Love — 169
  5) Books you'll never see in print: by Tackle — 158
  6) Fuck this War on Drugs by Horace Boothroyd III — 151
  7) The Texas brand of Christianity by ExpatGirl — 142
  8) How about laser pumpkin-carving surgery? by cactusgal — 115
  9) Apparently the town's name should be spelled by ontheleftcoast — 115
10) IT'S OBAMA TRYING TO HIDE THE FACTS!! by Fordmandalay — 105
11) My god, I am speechless....except to say by Floyd Blue — 103
12) Clearly a false flag operation by Obama himself. by Bob Love — 97
13) And DeSmogBlog's Julie Dermansky by FishOutofWater — 91
14) CBS owns Simon and Schuster, the by PsychoSavannah — 90
15) It is frankly rather rare.... by dweb8231 — 88
16) I hope this comes to fruition. Thanks.  n/t by rubyr — 84
17) Like a skinned animal carcass, or inside a by GreenMother — 84
18) "Jesus snubs the little children, all the children by Bob Love — 80
19) I wonder what effect that will have on the movie by Just Bob — 80
20) Wow. Bless you, and congratulations. by SouthernLiberalinMD — 79
21) As any good Dem Centrist will tell by Jim P — 77
22) It could happen in your state, too. by FishOutofWater — 77
23) The school stood by the decision. by jayden — 76
24) My daughter called me at work one afternoon by HappyinNM — 75
25) You don't X-ray someone you think is pregnant. by Horace Boothroyd III — 75
26) Just a couple things. by Remediator — 74
27) I wonder if they'll offer a buyback by sceptical observer — 73
28) Since the book has been pulled... by Chango — 72
29) As an Atheist.. by CanisMaximus — 72
30) Senior citizen uses COBOL for DDOS by FishOutofWater — 70
31) Cummings needs to Chair this Committee. by confitesprit — 70

November 8, 2013

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