Christmas is only 40 sleeps away and the new John Lewis advert has already begun to tug at my heart strings in the embodiment of all that is good about Christmas.
It’s the toddler-like early mornings, snowy days and glowing Christmas tree lights. It’s the time spent with family & friends and making a renewed effort to put others first and to be less selfish. But most importantly; after you set aside the good food, good wine & presents, it’s about appreciating those around you who light up your life.
When I first saw this advert I cried like a baby! (This will not surprise anyone who knows me well, I cry at the drop of a hat!)
Lily Allen covers Keanes classic song “Somewhere only we know” It’s a simple clever arrangement; a rippling arpeggio playing piano with a dash of well placed strings to support Allen’s enchanting voice.
I’m not a huge Keane fan but the sign of a good song is it’s ability to be reduced to it’s simplest form and still create that stir in your gut. Some would say capitalistic John Lewis are being exceedingly clever and playing on my (many) emotions by offering me an emotive arrangement combined with cute “Animals of Farthing Wood” characters and good ol Christmas spirit.
And although this all is probably true and my tears are a cumulation of all these variables, for me it doesn’t make the sentiment any less true.
I love Christmas; I always have! I can’t wait to spend it with my family both here in Yorkshire and in Nottingham. Again aside from the good food, good wine and presents; its going to be the looks on the faces of those I love when they unwrap their presents from us. It’s going to be on the contented faces of those I love when we all spend time together and appreciate each other. Letting them know we love them is the spirit of Christmas.
The look on my dad’s face when he opens his presents Christmas morning!
What do you think? Were you quivering wreck or stoically unimpressed?