Laugh, cry, be inspired: These are the best holiday ads of 2019

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Some people look forward to Super Bowl ads each year, while others prefer to take a ride on the emotional roller coaster that is television during the holiday season.

We’re not talking about a Hallmark movie marathon either. You can skip that and just watch the commercials for the same experience.

This year’s holiday advertisements will make you cry, or laugh until you cry. Either way, they’re guaranteed to remind you what the holiday season is really all about.

Here are the best ones we’ve seen so far this season:


Every year I wonder what exactly Publix is even advertising because their holiday commercials are so emotional I can’t even figure out what they’re trying to sell me. It must be tissues?

It wouldn’t be the holiday season if I didn’t shed a tear while watching a Publix ad. This year was no different.

The beginning of the commercial is a flashback of a woman who, when she was a little girl, would wake up early Christmas morning and make dessert with her grandma until it was an acceptable time to wake up the rest of the house. You don’t know it’s a flashback until, all of a sudden, it switches to the present and the woman’s young son is downstairs asking her if he can wake people up yet to open presents. The woman replies with the same thing her grandmother used to tell her as an early riser: “I have an idea.” And the baking begins.


I’m sobbing at my desk over this one, but at least I know what Apple is actually trying to sell me.

This commercial features a set of sisters who are visiting their grandfather for the holidays. It’s not too far into the ad that you realize the grandfather recently lost his wife and is having a hard time dealing with the loss. Because he’s not his usual self, the girls’ mother tells the girls to stay because while grandpa is still sad. While “staying busy,” the girls stumble upon some old home videos of their grandparents, including their wedding film. It sparks an idea among the sisters to, with the help of an iPad, put together the most emotional Christmas present ever for their grandfather.

Watch until the end to see grandpa’s tear-jerking reaction to the gift, but not without those tissues you probably just bought from Publix.


A little girl who looks like Boo from “Monsters Inc.” begs her family to build a snowman with her, like Elsa from “Frozen,” but is ignored until two cats show up under the grandfather clock in her house and lead her to a place called “The Time Shop.” There, she finds a man with lots of clocks who teaches her about all types of time: lost time, the kind that flies and, most importantly, together time. The man gives her a gift to bring back to her family. After her mom, dad and brother open it, the entire family is seen making the snowman the girl had just been begging to build. We later see that the “gift” was a card offering one hour together to make the best snowman ever.

The company actually provides a link to a site where you can make and gift your own time cards this year, which, if you ask me, is a great idea if you want to do something special for your loved ones but have limited funds.

Chick-fil-A just wants you to give your time to the people you love this year, but I’m sure they wouldn’t mind if you all spent it eating some nuggets and waffle fries.