When my second eldest son was little, he was fascinated by the Coca Cola Christmas TV advert, you know, the one where there is a massive truck all lit up with fairy lights and a big painting of Santa - it rolls along a snowy road, with a jolly tune playing "Holidays are coming, holidays are coming..." and the folks from the local town all run out to see it drive through. At the end the Santa painted on the truck comes to life and raises his Coke bottle to say "cheers". Well, my son loved it and eagerly sat through all manner of boring TV programmes just to see it. Even as he grew older he used to say that he didn't feel it was really Christmas if he hadn't seen this advert (and of course as he was a child in the 90s we didn't have Youtube or anything like that).
His fascination with TV adverts, TV idents and all things TV production-related carried on into his teenage years, and he began studying media, successfully completing a level 2 Diploma and a level 3 extended Diploma. He is now at Uni studying Media (TV production). Well, we were in Leicester yesterday (we both had meetings there so went over together) and guess what we came face to face with?
Yes, you guessed it - the Coca Cola Christmas Truck!!!!! He was absolutely gobsmacked! Cue mother and son taking out phones and snapping away:
What a fab number plate:
All lit up like a Christmas tree:
Arty (!!) picture taken from the bridge at Highcross:
As silly as it may sound, I felt quite moved by how excited my 19 year old son was to see this - and how being fascinated by this simple TV advert played a part in inspiring him regarding his future study and hopefully career choice.
So now he (and I!) can genuinely feel that...
Have a lovely weekend!