Merry Christmas from Monty the Penguin

For each of the last ten years the British retailer, John Lewis, has aired what has become an iconic holiday season commercial. Although this year’s #MozTheMonster was clever, in my opinion nothing comes close to 2014’s, “Monty the Penguin”. Admittedly, it is a rather slick piece of marketing directly targeted to tug on our heart strings … and open up our wallets and purses! Having said that, I challenge you to watch this two minute advert without getting even a little bit choked up, not to mention the ear worm of a song, “Real Love”, by John Lennon that will have you humming along all day long.

As 2017 winds down, I sincerely hope you have the opportunity to spend more time with family and friends, and perhaps reflecting on who and what brings meaning into your life. It is with this in mind, and your interpretation of the moral from “Monty the Penguin” that I wish you all the best for the season and a very happy New Year.

Merry Christmas!

Keith Thomson

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