Christmas is a season of traditions, and although the years seem to change a few things here and there, most of those traditions have carried on, except one. Oh, how I long for those gimmicky Christmas commercials that became classic hits back in the day.

This year a Chevrolet released a commercial that went viral for tugging at the heartstrings in a big way, but it was one of the first I had seen in a long time that I instantly loved. What I remember most about growing up was those whimsical, and kind of cheesy at times, commercials, and boy could those old Folger's ads get me weepy.

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Get ready for some serious seasonal nostalgia! Remember the snowman riding the Norelco electric shaver over the snow? Or what about those iconic James Garner and Marietta Hartley Polaroid commercials? They were so convincing, that everyone thought they were married. Back then our only connection to what was "hot" for the season was all on television. No internet, no social media, just straight-out commercial magic.

One of the most iconic, for me at least, was those commercials for McDonald's. I remember a few of my teachers back in elementary school giving us those 50-cent McDonald's Christmas gift certificates during our holiday party. Or who could forget one of the cutest commercials ever, Ronald Mcdonald teaches a boy to ice skate with the help of some Bambi-like animated characters. Ahh, those memories.

Desperate to find some of those memories of Christmas past, I went searching and found a couple of amazing compilations that are sure to take you back to a simpler time, and maybe spark some wonderful memories.

LOOK: The top holiday toys from the year you were born

With the holiday spirit in the air, it’s the perfect time to dive into the history of iconic holiday gifts. Using national toy archives and data curated by The Strong from 1920 to today, Stacker searched for products that caught hold of the public zeitgeist through novelty, innovation, kitsch, quirk, or simply great timing, and then rocketed to success.

Gallery Credit: Jacob Osborn & Peter Richman

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