‘Tis the Season to Be Kind

My one-liner is inside the video below. That’s my favorite Christmas commercial, and has been on the air for the past 39 years in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Some people say it isn’t the Christmas season until they’ve seen this ad on TV.

This will be my last post before Christmas. If you celebrate this holiday, I wish you an Very Merry Christmas. I hope this video is available outside the US.

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you would like to join in on the fun, you can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.


  1. The video is wonderful. It actually gave me a lump in my throat and I think it’s because of its simplicity. What a message. Thank you so much. Beautiful photos, especially that full moon. If Christmas has meaning, it’s in such beautiful little things in life and, yes, in acts of kindness. We’re all that little star at some point, and yet we all can be the tree. A very merry Christmas to you and your whole family, Dan!

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  2. I’m with Maddie. There were a couple of days this week when I wanted to keep my coat on too. The moon shot is beautiful, and the video is wonderful. I can certainly see why they would repeat it from year to year – it doesn’t get much better than that message. Merry Christmas to everyone at your house!

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    • It was 16 when I got up that day, Judy. I made her wait until it was 20, but those four degrees didn’t help much. I wanted to keep my coat on, too.

      The restaurant asked an ad company for a commercial that would run for 20 years – it’s been running almost twice that. Merry Christmas to everyone in your house, too!

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  3. Love the video and its message. I hope I can be more like the tree. I read somewhere that we can be anything we want to be, so let’s be kind.

    Wonderful moon and sunrise shots. Old Glory, as always, looking glorious. Maddie crunching ice. Better she does it with her feet and not her teeth!

    And the turkey celebrating another year of freedom. Good for him.

    Wishing you and the Editor and of course the 3 M’s a very happy Christmas, enjoying good food and the love that surrounds you. May 2022 be a banner year for the Antion family, full of good health, good fortune, and the love of family and good friends. Winning a Lottery ticket would be nice too!

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    • Thank you so much, Ginger, for the Christmas wishes and your lovely comments during the year. Merry Christmas to your and yourself. The three M’s add a Happy Christmas message for your M. Here’s hoping 2022 will be a wonderfully normal year for all of us (all the other stuff would be nice).

      I hope everyone decides to be kind.

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  4. I think the same the first time I hear the Hershey kiss bells on TV. It’s not the holidays until that commercial shows up. As for Maddie the ice breaker, she looks so nice and warm and comfy with her human coat on. If I were here, I’d never take it off. Have a wonderful holiday and blogging break, Dan. Tis the season and reason to stay present with your family. :-)

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    • I like that commercial as well, Mary, and I got scared this year when I saw one of the modern variations before I saw the classic version. Don’t mess with success Hershey!

      I might have some posts between now and January, but mainly to remind people about the TD Badges contest and a simple holiday greeting. Few, if any pictures and fewer words.

      I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. I know now that your retired, it’s not quite the same, but give yourself some time off from the normal routine (but not the feeding, brushing, loving Gibbs portion).

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      • Ha! As I was reading your comment, Gibbs was at my feet, crying for attention. Poor thing, he has such a hard life.

        I am spending Christmas Day at home in my pj’s, watching Christmas movies and making a new recipe for black bean stew (something Faith might like). And next week, there’s not much on the schedule, so I’ll work on changing my routine in a good way.

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  5. I loved the Christmas tree ad and this is the first time I’ve seen it. And of course, I love the photos. Maddie looks like she has found her warm spot. Very sweet. Have a wonderfully Merry Christmas, Dan. See you in the New Year! ❄🎄❄

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    • Maddie cried to go for a walk that day, even though it was in the teens. I made her wait until it was 20f. It’s no wonder she wanted to keep that coat on.

      Merry Christmas, Gwen!


  6. Thanks for the sweet, simple message of the tree and the star. It goes with the magic of trees I’ve been reading about, and the promise of a warm sunrise on a cold morning. My David has been walking our new dog Marley around the crack of dawn and tells me about those sunrises.

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  7. I’m glad you shared the video, I have never seen it before. I understand why it is so important to people. It’s about trying and never giving up, it’s about lending a helping hand and it’s about being together in celebration. What a perfect message for the season. And all my favourite kinds of photographs Dan! Thank you. May you and yours be safe and happy this season and I’ll see you later….

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  8. It’s lovely!

    I hope Santa is very good to you, and that the new year is everything you want it to be. You are one of the world’s good guys, and I’m proud to call you Friend!

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