Want to get the holiday spirit in a hurry? A friend told me about this trick: Do a youtube search for “Christmas commercials + ___the year you were seven years old___”.
For me, this is what I found.
Annnnnnnd it worked. It totally worked. As soon as I finish this post I’m running off to make paper chains and write a letter to Santa about that Teddy Ruxpin he never gave me. Bastard.
You could search any year and find something interesting, but seven seems to be the right age as it is usually the last year a kid will believe in Santa. The magical Christmas spirit situation runs downhill after that.
Also, interesting to note, this trick seems to work much better on people who are under fifty. Not because there were no Christmas commercials more than 50 years ago (dude, check the archive), but because kids born after the baby boom spent a lot more of their childhood in front of the television. Consumerism, commercialism, whatever…we feel a weirdly deep connection to these nuggets of nostalgia. I don’t know if we blame that on technology or women’s lib, but either way, all I really need to know is how I can get my hands on a that Teddy Ruxpin.
Santa, you owe me one.