These ’80s Christmas Commercials Will Make You Miss Your Childhood
Christmas may only come once a year, but thanks to YouTube, Christmas commercials from years past are yours to watch year-round. And the best of these are undoubtedly from the 1980s, which was essentially the breeding ground of American materialism as we know it, with the holidays an especially decadent time (the heyday for tacky, acrylic Christmas sweaters—before they were worn ironically).
It was also a very cheesy time, and we mean this literally. Velveeta and Philadelphia Cream Cheese figured heavily into holiday meals, before “processed” became a dirty word.
So below, we found 10 classic commercials that are sure to evoke many a childhood Christmas memory—featuring a prepubescent Jennifer Love-Hewitt for L.A. Gear, Barbie and Ken, and some super schmaltzy jingles. (Cue the nostalgia.)
Think Santa would just steal your iPhone now?
Who knew there were so many holiday dishes with both sour cream and mayonnaise.
The first time ever a kid was happy to be picked up by a red-headed clown.
Move over, J. Love—that jean jacket is the real star.
Yeah, Oreos are still delicious.
The Fat Boys. That is all.
Before North Korea, there were Walkmen.
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Barbie Dream House
What we didn’t know then was that Ken was an out-of-work layabout while Barbie was busy teaching aerobics, attending medical school and working at McDonald’s.
Back when the Shack was the place to get electronics, and people used to buy calculators.
Blue M&Ms weren’t even invented yet.