Christmas in the Commercial Archives – Part 3

Previously (lest you forget)…

Christmas in the Commercial Archives – Part 1

Christmas in the Commercial Archives – Part 2

As we bring the archives door to a close, I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring out the third and final part of our trip in the 1986 part of the archives.  This set of commercials aired the same evening as the ones seen in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, in December 1986.

All commercials were taped from CBS (WCBS 2, New York), during the Rankin-Bass special ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.  I will admit, this special (and Rankin-Bass) on the whole, are not among my favorite holiday specials.  I think it is the animation style, but this special always seemed so depressing.  The idea of Christmas being cancelled because of one letter (in the newspaper) basically calling Santa a fraud.

I guess Santa is easily offended?

The special aired annually beginning in 1974 on CBS, airing until 1994, when it moved to The Family Channel (and all of its incarnations).  So we come into this on its 13th airing.

Uh oh, unlucky 13…


Included in this commercial set…

That McDonald’s commercial with all the feels…




As good as cookies?  Don’t you realize there is an obesity epidemic?!



Before Skittles told you to taste the rainbow (and kiss it, and contract it…), Juicy Fruit’s taste moved you!

Ronald McDonald also stops by again to dance…


And Snuggles comes back to sell you a Christmas ornament!


We’ll also see a promo for the movie The Christmas Gift, which is a nice Christmas made-for-television movie, if you can find it.


And it was also a time to break out the cheesy Christmas specials!


All this (and more!) awaits when you click play below!

And there you have it – a wonderful time of the year in a wonderful decade which doesn’t feel like it was all that long ago.

Three days until Christmas, and there’s still some treats to come!


But for now, the commercial archives are closed.

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