Classick holiday TV ads


Back in the 80s, if you weren't gettin your electronics from Crazy Eddie's you had to be... IINNNSSAAAANNNEE!!

The most wonderful time of the year is HERE! ChristmaKwanzaHannuFestivusWinterSolstice is upon us! Here at the Cold Slither Podcast, we like to look back at some of the holiday themes and times of yester-year, and what better way to do that than to scour the Youtubes? Check out these gems and  comment on your faves and some others we might have missed! (+ check  back often for updates to this post!)

The debut of the Nintendo Entertainment System back in the 80s meant there was an average of 16.3 “Mommy, can we go to Toys’R’Us?” requests per household per hour.

and who can forget Laser Tag???

All my tri-state NY folks know about The Wiz… they always rolled out the holiday themed ads, particularly ones with local NFL personalities like Broadway Joe Namath!


The Fat Boys were puttin on for Swatch Watches in this 80s ad…

once upon a time, 7-Up was the greatest soda on earth. until it fell off…

M&M’s wasn’t making enough money in the 80’s so they remixed some of their leftover candies into “Holidays” chocolates. Shrewd move…

Red & Green Crunch Berries? Imagine how nasty that milk looked afterward!

The Cinnamon Toast Crunch bakers were blatant rip-offs of Rice Krispies’ Snap, Krackle and Pop characters, but damned if their cereal wasn’t extremely effin delicious!!

Taking it back to the NYC, who could forget Crazy Eddie’s Christmas in August sales??? His prices were… IIIINNNNSAAAAANNNEEEEE!!


We are not undersold! We will not be undersold! We cannot be undersold! And we mean it!! LOL

Carvel would break out their holiday ice cream cakes… shout-out to Fudgie the Whale and Cookie Puss

Santa got these kids twisted, stayin up all night to hook him up with Oreo cookies. Damn gift hustle…

Wayment…. is that George Papadapoulos from Webster (Alex Karras) sellin Transformers toys for the holidays?!! Oh snap!

If you had an Atari 2600 back in the day, chances are you had the ET game. Or you went and got it after this holiday ad

And check out this Santa in Space ad from Atari! For a very archaic game system, their marketing was top-notch for its day.

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin appears in this holiday TV spot for Target, advertising the Nintendo Entertainment System

Pepsi was trying to give away NES systems for the holidays…

Bea Arthur and a trailer-park Krazy Krazy Santa? OK!

Mickey D’s used to have mascots out the ass. Here’s Birdie the Early Bird and Grimace on their astrology-grind.

The lesson from this McDonald’s holidays ad… if you suck at ice skating, just pout and creepy clowns will pick you up…

3 future Hollywood stars singing an X-mas carol in one of the ugliest sets of uniforms known to man. Burger King makes careers…

Radio Shack had some cool stuff for the holidays, but they’re really just a spot to get batteries for your better toys from other stores.

No Sandusky here. But who didn’t have Underoos in the 80’s?

Willis from Diff’rent Strokes promoting the Toys for Tots program.

Here’s a medley of other X-mas commercials


… and finally… just five words… Martina and Rossi, Asti Spumanti.

Well that’s it for now! If you have some more holiday ads you recall, let us know in the comments and we’ll add them to this post!

The Cap'n broke out the Santa Suit and the fake beard to sell off leftover Crunch Berries from that year in the form of "Christmas Crunch"

Enjoy your egg nog!!

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