Friday, December 5, 2008

Classic Christmas billboards - holidays are coming, holidays are coming...

I'm a real fan of full-fat Coke.  I've tried Diet Coke and find it too sweet for me (although I am quite partial to a Cherry Coke too).

I'm also a real fan of their Christmas advertising campaign with good old Santa Claus in his now familiar red suit, which Coca-Cola first used in their advertising in December 1931.
Classic Santa Claus Coke billboard
Many people actually believe that it was Coke that made Santa's suit red, but his outfit had been coloured in a number of ways, including red, before they used this signature colour in their adverts (I quite liked him in green).  But by using this iconic image repeatedly from 1931 until modern times they have helped cement this interpretation of Father Christmas in generation after generation.

Hmm, maybe that's why Santa is so big and cuddly if he's been drinking regular Coke for 77 years? 

Another favourite billboard around L.A. at the moment is for the forthcoming movie Marley & Me, which opens here on Christmas Day.

Apparently twenty-two dogs were used in the filming of Marley & Me, eleven of them puppies, so who knows which one is the star of this advertisement. Anyway whichever one it is he is adorable in his bright red bow.
Marley & Me movie billboard
Speaking of famous Labradors, Cooper is becoming quite well known, or one might even say notorious in our neighbourhood as 'the dog that sits down'.

When we meet people and their dogs out on our local walks everyone thinks he's such a well behaved pup because when they approach Cooper will either sit of lie down when he sees another dog, without fail.  They all think he's so cute, adorable and well trained and he often gets called 'Marley'.

Obviously once he's been sniffed and his tail starts wagging then he's up and bouncing about if the other dog wants to play.  Then everyone sees another side to him.

People are often confused as to whether he's still a puppy, as he still has his big paws and puppy features, but as he's such a big strong boy, over 70lbs now, they all do a double-take to make sure he is as young as they think.  Once they know he's a seven month pup all the muddy paws, slobbering and jumping is forgiven and we tend to get a lot of sympathy for being in that stage of 'Labrador puppy hell' (their words, not ours).
Christmas Labrador Cooper
And here he is, the wonderful pup himself in all his festive glory.

Until tomorrow, jingle all the way...


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