We may still have Thanksgiving to get through, but the Christmas ads are already rolling in — and so far, the Internet has been welling up with emotion over each and every one.
First came the holiday ad for the British department store John Lewis, which featured animals happily jumping on a trampoline on Christmas morning. Then came the new commercial from the also-British grocery store chain Sainsbury’s, in which James Corden sings a delightfully catchy Christmas tune about how the “greatest gift” of all is family.
And now — as if the Brits didn’t already outdo themselves this year with all the holiday cheer — London’s Heathrow Airport just released their first-ever Christmas commercial, too. And let’s just say, it may just push you over the emotional edge.
In the ad, titled “Coming Home for Christmas,” we meet an old married couple, who are making the long journey home for the holiday. But here’s the insanely adorable part: The couple is played by two animated bears made to look like stuffed animals — complete with winter caps, woolen coats, and even a sensible handbag for the Mrs. It’s all very Paddington Bear-esque (if Paddington Bear had a wife he was married to for the last 50 years).
Together, the couple boards their flight home …
… makes their way through the airport after landing …
… braves the treacherous escalators …
… and take advantage of the free in-airport transportation. (Can we all just agree those little golf cart things are the best?)
The ad may be brief, but it’s just long enough to seriously tug at your heart strings — especially considering all of the adorable little touches that went into making the bears feel so human-like.
I won’t spoil it all for you, but I will say this: If you’re a fan of the movie Love Actually, you’re going to love the ending.
The ad is part of a special campaign to celebrate the airports 70th anniversary. And while it is Heathrow’s first official Christmas ad in the last 70 years, it’s not the first time the airport has given people the feels with a well-produced commercial. (If you want to have some more emotions, give “First Flight” a watch — it debuted earlier this summer, and features a young girl’s first airplane ride.)
According to Heathrow’s Commercial Director Jonathan Coen, who was quoted in a press release for the ad:
“Christmas is my favorite time of year at Heathrow — the airport is abuzz with families and friends reuniting for this special time of year. We love the film and hope the bears’ journey through the airport captures that excitement you feel when walking through Heathrow arrivals into the arms of your loved ones at Christmas.”