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The Best Christmas Commericals

List Criteria: Commercials can be about anything, but must be Christmas-themed or set around the time of Christmas

The best Christmas commercials include animated classics and several vintage spots that may still be aired today. The ads on this list are those most of us know well and love. Many of the retro Christmas ads feature encounters with Santa Claus, not surprisingly. Some are adorable, others are straight up tearjerkers, but all of the holiday commercials listed here are memorable in some way. Which nostalgic Christmas commercials do you think are the best? Vote for your favorites, and of course, vote down any ads that you don't like.

Christmas is a big time for advertisers. Whether it's ads for Christmas candy or one of those famous Hallmark ads, TV viewers are subjected to countless holiday commercials each season. Some of the commercials have a Christmas theme, but they can also be more general, so they can air throughout the winter. One good example of this is the Campbell's melting snowman ad: Yes, it includes a variation of the holiday carol "Let it Snow," but it never actually says anything about Christmas. Smart move, because the ad can air for several months beyond the holidays. Others include memorable Hallmark Christmas commercials and many more seasonal ads.

What are the best Christmas commercials of all time? Take a look at these famous ads and see what are some memorable Christmas commercials.

The best Christmas commercials, quite honestly, can rank right up there with awesome Christmas TV specials in terms of holiday nostalgia. They tug at our heartstrings, make us laugh and make us hungry. Enjoy, and have a happy holiday!

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    Coca Cola Christmas Commercial: Polar Bears and Penguins


    This brilliantly beautiful 2008 Coca Cola Christmas polar bears commercial is adorable. Because it's Christmas, and polar bears and penguins should share Coca Cola and party together during the holidays. Would this cute Christmas gathering ever really happen? No. Why? Because polar bears live in the North Pole and penguins live in the South Pole. Still, nice idea.

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    M&M's Meet Santa Claus


    Yellow M&M: "So, you think Santa will like these red and green M&Ms?"

    Red M&M: "I don't know, I never met the guy." (Santa is behind them, leaving presents)

    Red M&M: "Wahh ha! He does exist!"

    Santa: "They do exist..." (Santa promptly faints)

    Yellow M&M: "Uhhh, Santa?"

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    Hershey's Kisses Christmas Commercial


    Little bits of chocolate playing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" - simple, effective, and festive.

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    Hallmark Christmas Commercial: Tom Comes Home


    Johnny: "I was ten years old that Christmas. That was the time my brother Tom was working in Europe. We hadn't seen him for over a year. Every Christmas Tom and I used to sing together for the family. I sure missed him."

    Grandma: "Johnny, a Christmas card came here for you."

    Johnny: "From Tom? Tommy! Mom, it's Tommy! Dad, Tom's coming for Christmas! He's coming here!" (excitedly runs around with the card from Tommy) "That was the year it really snowed. I waited for Tom, and I waited. Aunt Nelle and the rest of the family barely made it through. No sign of Tom. That was the longest day I can remember. Dinner came, and it went. Still no Tom." (Kids looking at presents, as Johnny looks out the window)

    Dad: "Tom will get here."

    Johnny: "I sure hope so." (Gets up to sing) "I felt very lonely, standing there by myself." (Starts to sing "O' Holy Night" by himself, as Tommy sneaks in the front door, and then joins him)

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    Folger's Coffee: Peter Comes Home


    Little Sister: "Peter!"

    Peter: "Merry Christmas."

    Little Sister: "Everyone's asleep."

    Peter: "I know how to wake them up..." (brews a pot of Folger's coffee)

    Mom: "Peter!" (hugs her son) "Oh, you're home!"

    Peter: "I missed you mom."

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    Fruity Pebbles Christmas Commercial


    Fred: "Yummy Fruity Pebbles in our bowls. Oh, here comes you know who..." (hands Santa a bowl of Fruity Pebbles)

    Santa: "Yabba Dabba fruit delicious doo!"

    Barney: "Ho ho ho, I'm hu-hu-hungry..." (slides down the chimney) "Santa?! My Pebbles!"

    Fred: "Your Pebbles?!"

    Santa: "Tis the season to be sharing Fred."

    Fred: (Hands Barney a bowl of Pebbles): "Happy Holidays, pal."

    Barney: "Oh, Fred..."

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    Campbell's Melting Snowman


    "Nothing melts away the cold like a delicious bowl of Campbell's soup."

    Campbell's melting snowman commercial has real staying power. This clip, which features a snowman coming in from the cold to warm up with a hot bowl of Campbell's chicken noodle soup (not to spoil this one but the snowman is really a little boy) first aired in 90s, and it's still popular today.

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    McDonald's Christmas Commercial


    There is a reason this classic McDonald's gift certificate Christmas commercial is on this list. Take a good look at the excited little boy leaving the gift certificate for Santa Claus. Does he look familiar? No? He should: That's Corey Feldman, circa 1975. You're welcome.

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    Santa's Norelco Christmas


    In this vintage 1970s Norelco Christmas commercial, Santa Claus has ditched his usual sleigh and reindeer in favor of sliding around on the top of a Norelco rotary razor. Because who needs Rudolph when you can have "No gotchas!" right?

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    AT&T Christmas Gingerbread Commercial


    Gingerbread Kid (rides up as dad is making icing repairs to his gingerbread house): "Hey dad, I really want a Go Phone this year."

    Gingerbread Dad: "Well I want people to stop eating my house, but that ain't gonna happen. Besides, you'll run up a huge bill."

    Gingerbread Kid: "No, I won't. It has unlimited talk and unlimited text."

    Gingerbread Dad: "I'm just yanking your chain son." (tosses kid the Go Phone) "Ho ho ho!"

    Gingerbread Kid: "Sweet!" (As the kid leaves, a large hand descends on the gingerbread house, rips the top off to reveal a bathing Mrs. Gingerbread in the bathroom, she screams)

    Gingerbread Dad (looking up): "Oh COME ON, man! It's the holidays!"

    And yes, that is Norm MacDonald voicing the Gingerbread Kid in this spot.

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    Oreos Christmas Commercial


    Narrator: "Oh oh oh, The night before Christmas and Oreo cookies, waiting for a special guest..."

    Little Boy: "I'll just take a little rest." (Falls asleep, and Santa Claus arrives)

    Narrator (as Santa eats the cookies in front of the sleeping child): "Ho ho ho who's that kid with the Oreo cookies? Eating all the luscious chocolate, licking all the creamy middles, dunking all the crunchy cookies like he did when he was little. It's so hard to hide the kid inside with Christmas, and O-R-E-O." (Santa dashes up the chimney, just as the little boy wakes up to see an empty cookie plate)

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    Coca Cola Christmas Commercial


    "I'd like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony..."

    Let's hit the way-back button and take a look at one of Coke's most iconic commercials ever: The Christmas hilltop commercial. Hundreds of hippies singing in "perfect harmony" -- doesn't get more feel-good than that. This spot should be brought back, immediately, for this Christmas and all future Christmases until the end of time.

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    In Bru Snowman Commercial


    No idea what this one's about, but it's the best ever as far as totally weird Christmas commercials go. Because a flying snowman is awesome, and kind of creepy.

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    Old Navy Jordan Knight Christmas Commercial


    What Christmas season would be complete without a bizarre Old Navy holiday commercial featuring a legendary singer (Johnny Mathis), a washed up boy band singer (Jordan Knight) and the three wise Boyz II Men? This ad, entitled "The Jordan Knight Before Christmas," began airing in 2012. Jingle jammies, y'all.

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