Merry Christmas Featuring E.T.

“May you never be too grown up to search the
skies on Christmas Eve.”

– Anonymous

For over 10 years the British retailer, John Lewis, has aired what has become an iconic holiday season commercial. Although this year’s version was well done I thought the parody featuring Donald Trump and Greta Thunberg was even better.

However, my favorite 2019 holiday commercial was from Xfinity. I thought it perfectly captured the spirit of Christmas with their E.T. homage that featured the original Elliot from Stephen Spielberg’s classic. Without compromising the brilliance of the original movie this commercial shares how important the season is in bringing together family and friends, sometimes after long periods of being apart and over great distances. As an aside, Spielberg never wanted to film a sequel  but happily (and perhaps surprisingly) signed off on this version.

So, as 2019 winds down I sincerely hope that you too have the opportunity to spend more time with family and friends.

It is with this message in mind I wish you and your loved ones all the best for the holiday season and a very happy New Year!

Keith N. Thomson

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