Saturday 19 January 2019, 5:56am
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Sunday 13 January 2019, 5:56am
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Saturday 12 January 2019, 5:56am
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Markets Ending: London/Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Stoke
Sunday 6 January 2019, 5:58am
Sunday 6 January 2019, 5:56am
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Markets Ending: Edinburgh
Saturday 5 January 2019, 5:58am
Main things learned from the Christmas 2018 Run-Up:

1) There is such a thing as Giant Pigs In Blankets.

2) We can make our own by skinning our favourite sausages, shaping into giant sausage(s), wrapping in streaky bacon, and roasting for an hour or two.
Friday 4 January 2019, 1:56pm
Markets Ending: Lichfield
Friday 4 January 2019, 5:58am
Friday 4 January 2019, 5:56am
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Thursday 3 January 2019, 5:56am
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Markets Ending: Bournemouth
Wednesday 2 January 2019, 5:58am
Wednesday 2 January 2019, 5:56am
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Tuesday 1 January 2019, 11:40am
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So that's 2018 done and dusted - not really a classic year, but a surprising turn-out from plucky minor brands. It was all a bit muted really - not just ad-wise, but also for Christmas UK. It's a very odd, scary time in the UK right now as our politicians reach some form of resolution regarding Brexit.

No matter what point of view you have, chances are you're not going to get what you want out of it. Some very scary options have been raised, and it's all a bit of a mess, really. It's difficult to work up enthusiasm for Christmas in this sort of environment.

Hopefully someone soon will make a firm decision about it all, and that things will start to settle down towards the end of 2019. A bit of stability will help everyone.

We shall see. We will, however, be back in 2019 with the Christmas press shows next summer, and of course we'll be back for the Run-Up from the 100 days point on September 16th. We'll try and keep giving you a distraction away from the national situation.

May you and your family have a Happy New Year, and a peaceful, simpler 2019.

-- Linus & Nick
Monday 31 December 2018, 6:14am
Here's the full King Of Christmas league table for all those brands which have made two appearances:

1) [--] 6 31 M&S
2) [--] 5 38 Sky Cinema
3) [--] 4 19 Very.co.uk
4) [+3] 4 22 Sainsburys
5) [-1] 3 9 John Lewis
6) [-1] 3 12 Asda
7) [-1] 3 14 Aldi
8) [--] 3 18 Argos
9) [--] 3 19 TK Maxx
10) [--] 3 19 Waitrose
11) [--] 3 20 Boots
12) [--] 3 23 Matalan
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13) [+10] 2 5 Barbour
14) [-1] 2 7 Cadburys
15) [+10] 2 8 KFC
16) [-2] 2 10 Debenhams
17) [-2] 2 10 Iceland
18) [+25] 2 13 McDonalds
19) [+8] 2 13 Save The Children
20) [-4] 2 13 Coca Cola
21) [+19] 2 17 Duracell
22) [-5] 2 17 House Of Fraser
23) [-5] 2 17 Morrisons
24) [-5] 2 19 DFS
Monday 31 December 2018, 6:12am
KingOfChristmas #1: M&S (non-mover) - 6 appearances, 31 points

M&S have extended their lead at the top of the league table, and may maintain that through 2019 too - only Sky Cinema can overtake them next year. M&S have been placed in SIX of the eight 12 Ads Of Christmas awards so far, showing great consistency. Here's their best though - 2013's "Magic and Sparkle" fairytale ad.
Monday 31 December 2018, 6:10am
KingOfChristmas #2: Sky Cinema (non-mover) - 5 appearances, 38 points

Sky's Advent Calendar advert this year was a little too dialled back for us, so they've lost ground this year. Always one to watch though - here's 2011's "Homecoming" movie mash-up ad.
Monday 31 December 2018, 6:08am
KingOfChristmas #3: Very (non-mover) - 4 appearances, 19 points

Very had a misfire this year as they show signs of running out of ideas, ending up with a subtle reflection of how gifts could change someone's life. They won the 12 Ads in 2015 with this classic, though.
Monday 31 December 2018, 6:07am
KingOfChristmas #4: Sainsburys (up 3) - 4 appearances, 22 points

The major movement in the league this year! Plug Boy helps Sainsburys to rise as the rest falter. Their best year was 2014, with their Christmas Truce ad.
Monday 31 December 2018, 6:05am
KingOfChristmas #5: John Lewis (down 1) - 3 appearances, 9 points

Talk about lucky! Had the major labels had a better year, John Lewis would have fallen many more places. Instead, it's just the one as they coast on the back of previous successes. Here's "Monty The Penguin" from 2014.
Monday 31 December 2018, 6:03am
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