Have you been moved by the Christmas adverts that premièred last week or do you have a heart of stone? My children generally shake their head and laugh at me as everyone knows that I cry at films and books. I often measure a film on how much it has made me cry and I will never forget crying from about page five of the book PS I Love You. Being emotional over films and books is not new to me, I cried with all my heart from a young age watching My Girl or some other teen girl film. I’m not sure what it says about me as a person, I would suggest that it shows my compassion for others. I sobbed recently whilst watching Suffragette and when Chloe and I had a recent film night she destroyed me by getting me to watch The Boy in the striped pyjamas.
However adverts don’t usually do much for me but the launch of Christmas ads seem to have become a things. Much like the advent calendar and other Christmas traditions the John Lewis advert and others are all the others are competing for our festive pound. I have seen twitter go crazy for the latest man in the moon advert and imagine the sale of telescopes will increase this year. Will it be a quick fad and I will see them all in the charity shops come January much like the penguin merchandise of last year. My Erin is definitely influenced by adverts and I have to remind her that she cannot have everything. Therefore I did have a little chuckle when I spotted that the John Lewis advert has already been mocked up by The Metro to remind us that Christmas doesn’t have to be really expensive.
I have been getting myself organised for Christmas and although I have no idea what to get the teen and tween as there ‘big’ present I am pretty sorted on the smaller details. I am pleased to see that the high street is getting ready with some good deals and I was able to make the most 3for2 on wrapping at Matalan whilst it was also 25% off.
Top Tips for Christmas shopping
- Have a list, I have a list of everyone I buy for and update it as I get things. The list is constantly on me as it is easy to forget what I have bought.
- Use my My voucher codes to ensure I am getting the best deals.
- Set up alerts on sites like Hotdeals and Amazon for electrical and technical items that way you get the best price possible.
- 3for2 deals can cut down the price of Christmas
- Buy reduced items when you see them. I put things away all year long for stocking fillers.
Do the Christmas adverts influence you in either what you buy or where you shop?