What one thing meant Christmas to you more than anything else when you were a kid?
For me, it was this:
Yes, if you’re of a certain age, you remember Santa riding a Norelco electric razor — Noelco! — in a stop motion commercial that ran for many years. A later version, from 1981:
And much later, in a 1994 update playing on the nostalgia of people like me:
Christmas, for me, was a sea of bad TV specials, “very special episodes,” and TV commercials, because a) we didn’t celebrate the holiday, being of another faith, and b) I watched a LOT of television as a kid. A LOT. And most of what I remember is the most ephemeral stuff, like the commercials.
Take this one, for the Atari 2600 E.T. game, with E.T. in a Santa suit:
Or this heartwarming ode to the holiday and its true meaning, buying toys, from the Center of the Known Universe, Toys R Us (“Now open in Yonkers!”):
And, of course, a version of a popular Coca-Cola anthem with a visual cue for Christmas:
You have your traditions, I have mine.
And with that, on behalf of the entire Nerdist team, may your Christmas be a truly happy one.