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December 3, 2016

virtual advent tour: day 3
posted by soe 4:00 am

Virtual Advent Tour 2016Welcome to Day 3 of the Virtual Advent Tour!

We’re suckers for Christmas short films in the Burrow, so I thought I’d share a few for today’s post.

Much like the commercials Hallmark used to air during their Hall of Fame movies (do they air them still now that they have a whole channel to themselves?) or some of the Super Bowl ads, companies in the U.K. create long-form, story-based commercials they air during the holidays. Here’s the one for H&M this year, filmed by Wes Anderson and starring Adrien Brody:

While many of us know H&M by name, at least, in the U.S. John Lewis is a distinguished civil rights leader, Congressman, and award-winning author, rather than a department store. Looking at their website, I’m guessing they’re maybe somewhat similar to Target. But whatever they are, they’ve got a cute commercial:

A couple voices you might recognize:

Stephen Fry, from the Alzheimer’s Foundation UK:

James Cordon, from Sainsbury’s (a grocery store):

And maybe my favorite, from Marks & Spencer (another Target-like store):

You can see some more of this year’s UK Christmas adverts here, including the one that the article’s writer thinks is the best.

Stop back here tomorrow for a new post for the Virtual Advent Tour. And if you’re interested in taking part in the tour, badges, details, and sign-up info can be found here. We’d love to have you participate.

A few other Advent-y things going on around the internet:

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