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Green Christmas
"Well, if they're not here for the Christmas pitch, I can't help them find new ways of tying their product in to Christmas. That's why I'm chairman of this board! Let's hear it for me!"
Scrooge, from Stan Freberg's "Green Chri$tma$"

Some people ask themselves what they can do to show the Christmas spirit. The people who make TV commercials ask themselves how Christmas can showcase their product. The veneer on this facade is as thin as the snow on the Hollywood sound stages these commercials were filmed on.

Not to be confused with it not snowing at Christmas, or an eco-friendly Christmas, or a classic Onion article. Nor the song by Barenaked Ladies, which is about a different kind of green.

Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • Flintstones Cereal Christmas commercials.
  • "Happy Honda Days."
  • Car commercials with price tags framed like Christmas ornaments, or with huge bows on top of the cars.
  • Jingle Bells corrupted to "O-o-o-o-big-Overstock.com."
  • Fruit of the Loom commercial over-emphasizing the "comfort" in "tidings of comfort and joy."
  • Norelco shows Santa riding through the snow on one of their razors.
  • The commercial with the gingerbread man where tossing his kids cell phones constitutes the extent of his holiday festivities.
  • McCormick - "Tis the seasoning!"
  • Coca-Cola. They didn't invent the image of fat, red-and-white-suited, white-bearded Santa Claus, but their advertising starting in pre-broadcast times helped to make the version that matched their company colors the memetic Santa (also the polar bears).
  • The commercial with the Hershey's Kisses playing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" as little bells.
  • Honey Nut Cheerios has a holiday commercial in which Ebenezer Scrooge is tempted by the honey and nuts.
  • The Radio Shack Holiday Heroes ads blatantly implies that Christmas is all about the presents. [1]
  • December 2010 Best Buy campaign. Similiar to Radio Shack above, with most blatant openly stating that Christmas Magic is about more viable payment options.
  • Budweiser's Clydesdale horses. Everyone wants to get drunk on Christmas!
  • "Fa-la-la-la, fa-la-la-la, T.J. Maxx!" (Its parent company reworked the lyrics to "Up on the Housetop" to plug T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods stores.)

    Live-Action TV 
  • Spoofed on Dinosaurs during the Refrigerator Day episode: "We wish you a happy Fridge Day / We wish you a happy Fridge Day / We wish you a happy Fridge Day / So come in and buy paint!"
  • Stephen Colbert has pointed out that when "culture warriors" like Bill O'Reilly insist that stores should refer specifically to Christmas and not "the holidays," what they're actually demanding is that the Christian festival they're trying to defend should be used as a vulgar marketing tool. You'd think that if they're really concerned with preserving the True Meaning of Christmas, they'd be glad to have it distanced from the kind of advertising described above.

    Music 
  • A major theme of Tom Lehrer's "Christmas Carol."
    Hark, the Herald Tribune sings,
    Advertising wondrous things.
    God rest ye merry, merchants,
    May you make the Yuletide pay.
    Angels we have heard on high
    Tell us to go out and buy.

    Radio 
  • Stan Freberg's radio play "Green Chri$tma$" may very well be the Trope Namer.
    Scrooge: Well, if they're not here for the Christmas pitch, I can't help them find new ways of tying their product in to Christmas. That's why I'm chairman of this board! Let's hear it for me!

    Real Life 

Bob Cratchit: Well, I guess you fellas will never change.
Scrooge: Why should we? "Christmas" has two Ss in it, and they're both dollar signs.
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