I know it's not socially acceptable to be talking about Christmas before Thanksgiving in the States, but I'm from Ireland and we don't celebrate Thanksgiving so, sorry. I can't abide by your rules America!!! I want to do a longer post on the greatness that is Christmas in Ireland, until then, I want to talk about a special staple in Anglo/Irish Christmas commercialism; the John Lewis Christmas advert.
The John Lewis (a UK chain) Christmas advert encompasses all the whimsy and heart that characterizes the season, features covers of famous past tunes sung by upcoming artists (they usually become chart hits during the Christmas season), and are basically little pieces of art. The latest one entitled "Monty the Penguin" came out two weeks ago. The advert is unsurprisingly heartwarming, precious and features a cover of John Lennon's Real Love by Tom Odell. While it's not as good as last year's "The Bear and the Hare" and it was kind of blown out of the water by the Sainsbury Christmas advert (I mean have you seen that!), it's still a solid entry from one of the most highly anticipated Christmas advert of the season. Here's a posting of "Monty the Penguin" and some of John Lewis' best.
"The Bear and the Hare", song is a cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know sung by Lily Allen
"The Journey", song is The Power of Love by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, covered by my girl Gabrielle Aplin
The 2011 entry, song "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" by The Smiths, covered by Slow Moving Millie