There are only 10 days left before Christmas. For online video marketers, this is one of the most stressful times of the year. Your friends, family, and colleagues normally expect you to discover, watch, and share a great social video about once a week. But when everyone gets together during the holidays, they expect you to share about 31 minutes of new videos that they haven’t seen before or they’re happy to see again. And you get an extra helping of figgy pudding if all these videos have a Christmas or holiday theme.
So, to help you manage these unrealistic expectations, I’m going to share my personal playlist of favorite social videos for Christmas. You should feel free to re-gift this playlist with everyone you know who isn’t a regular reader of ReelSEO.
2014: 10 Best Christmas Videos to Watch and Share
#1 Christmas Wishes Delivered
Published on Dec. 1, 2014, “Your Wishes Delivered: Driver for a Day,” tells the story of 4-year-old Carson, who developed a friendship with his UPS driver, Mr. Ernie, when he began receiving shipments of special milk. Carson has become fascinated by all things UPS. He wishes to be just like his pal, so UPS made Carson a UPS driver for a day.
#2 Letters From Children at Christmas
The second video on my Christmas playlist comes from IKEA. No, I don’t speak Portuguese. But you don’t have to in order to understand what is happening in “IKEA presenta LA OTRA CARTA.” Published on Dec. 10, 2014, the video has universal appeal.
#3 YouTube Rewind 2014
The third video on my list comes from the YouTube Trends Team, where they admit, “We’re loathe to strum our own lute, but we can’t help but mention YouTube’s own end-of-year video, “YouTube Spotlight - YouTube Rewind: Turn Down for 2014.” which is all about what trended in 20142. The video features 120 superstar creators and viral videos stars, and is a fantastic look back at the year.
#4 Supermarket Jingle Bells - Cash Register Orchestra
The fourth video on my Christmas playlist is “EDEKA – Kassensymphonie,” which was published Nov. 30, 2104. No, I don’t speak German, but you won’t need to either to appreciate this video. Just sit back and listen as a familiar Christmas tune comes ringing out of the cash registers - to the delight of the supermarket shoppers.
#5 Christmas Surprise Traffic Stop
The fifth video in my list comes from the City of Lowell. Published on Dec. 9, 2014, it is entitled, “Christmas Surprise Traffic Stop with Lowell Police.” It follows the cops of Lowell as they surprise the citizens of the town with presents, and festive gestures. It's heartwarming and has already generated over 2 million views in just a few days.
#6 Monty The Penguin
The sixth video on my Christmas playlist is “John Lewis Christmas Advert 2014 - #MontyThePenguin.” Published on Nov. 6, 2014, your friends, family, and colleagues have probably already seen it. But, they won’t object to watching it again.
#7 Christmas Day 1914: Sainsbury's
The seventh video in my list is “Sainsbury's OFFICIAL Christmas 2014 Ad.” Published on Nov. 12, 2104, this year’s Christmas ad from Sainsbury’s was made in partnership with The Royal British Legion. It commemorates the extraordinary events of Christmas Day, 1914, when the guns fell silent and two armies met in no-man’s land, sharing gifts – and even playing football together.
#8 Even Santa Poops
The eighth video comes from Poo~Pourri. Published on Nov. 19, 2014, it is entitled, “Even Santa Poops - PooPourri.com.” Spoiler alert: It answers the question, “What happens when all those milk and cookies catch up with Santa on his big night?”
#9 WestJet's Christmas Miracle
The ninth video in my list is “WestJet Christmas Miracle: Spirit of Giving.” Published on Nov. 30, 2014, it shows Westjetters bringing a snowy Canadian Christmas to a community in the Dominican Republic. And you don’t need to speak Spanish because this video has captions in English.
#10 Angels We Have Heard On High
The tenth and final video on my Christmas playlist comes from Jeffrey Harmon, the former CMO of Orabrush. Published on Dec. 12, 2014, the most recent video from the Harmon Brothers is entitled, “Over 1039 People Donated over 10,000 Hours to Make This Christmas Song. It Will Give You Chills!” The video features Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Peter Hollens, David Archuleta, and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing “Angels We Have Heard On High.”
The Christmas YouTuber/family gathering includes: Peter Hollens, Shay Carl, Shaytards, Mommytard, Alex Boyé, Jeremy Warner, Stuart Edge, Devin Graham, The McKnights, Kid History, and The Piano Guys. And the video set a new world record for the largest live Nativity with 1,039 people.
Now, you may want to add some of your favorite Christmas videos to this list or subtract some of mine. That’s the right thing to do. Hopefully, this reduces the level of anxiety that many online video marketers feel as they prepare for the holidays.