2018 Christmas commercials

WASHINGTON — Yes, holiday commercials are selling you something.

But sometimes they do it so well, you don’t even know why you suddenly just want to be more generous to people.

Christmas commercials can sometimes do what holiday movies do — get you in the holiday spirit, give you the warm and fuzzy feelings, or just make you ugly cry for reasons you can’t explain. But they do it in two minutes or less.

From the silly to the heartfelt, here is a sampling of the best Christmas commercials of 2018.

Nineties kids will remember this very detailed recreation of the first “Home Alone” movie from Google Home, with Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) now an adult. You can also watch how they made the commercial.
British retailer John Lewis has done it again. Tugging at your heartstrings, THE Sir Elton John remembers the Christmas present that led to his success.
From Microsoft, the grapevine moves fast when one of the kids in the neighborhood is about to beat a game on an Xbox.
From U.K. grocery store Sainsbury’s, this one called “The Big Night,” features a Christmas school pageant and a nervous young girl who finds her voice and confidence. However, this commercial sparked complaints about “Plug Boy,” and how it may encourage children to plug things into sockets.
From Apple, this advertisement reminds viewers not to let the every day grind get you down, and that things you do that give you joy and feel passionate about could give joy to others, too.
From Petco, a young, boy saves up for a shiny, red bike and learns the real meaning of value.

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