Christmas is a lot of work. For those brave souls whose job it is to decorate the house, trim the tree, send the cards, stuff the stockings, wrap the presents and cook the meal, pulling off a successful Christmas once a year can seem like a nearly impossible task—a feeling that U.K. supermarket chain Morrisons perfectly encapsulates in its new spot, "For Your Christmas," by London agency DLKW Lowe.
In a country that takes its Christmas ads seriously, this is one of the year's stronger contenders so far. You know how when you finally manage to set up the tree, it seems like all the needles suddenly fall off? Or how cooking a turkey can turn into a wrestling match? And you've somehow invited 100 people over for Christmas dinner? On top of which, you've got 20 pots on the stove and your mother-in-law is literally incapable of finding the spice cabinet? All of these things—usually an exasperated exaggeration of the truth—become real (or rather, surreal) for one British mum. Her Christmas is a lesson in Murphy's Law, where the needles really do fall, the line of people expecting to be fed actually does go around the block, and the Christmas turkey is legitimately pugnacious.
But on Christmas Day, as she looks at her family around the dining room table, enjoying their holiday meal, the mother's look of panic slowly turns to a smile. And come next year, it'll be that moment—the flash of clarity that maybe, just maybe, it was worth going nearly insane for this little bit of joy—that she'll remember.
And then she'll start the battle all over again.
Agency: DLKW Lowe
ECDs: Richard Denney, Dave Henderson
CDs: Dave Henderson, Richard Denney, Tom Hudson
Creatives: Matt Lever, Helen Rhodes
Producer: Abbi Tarrant
Production Co.: Academy
Director: Si & Ad
Producer: Lucy Gossage
Editing House: Final Cut
Editor: Joe Guest
Flame Artist: Jason Watts
Producer: Justine White