Love Publix? This holiday commercial is a must-see.
"This new Publix holiday commercial might make you cry," read the email subject line.
Oh, so it’s like that, is it, Publix? Challenge accepted!
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The Lakeland-based grocery giant has, of course, made a point of challenging TV viewers around Florida and beyond to get through their shamelessly emotional holiday spots since 1989’s "Last Train Home" commercial aired featuring a photogenic late-80s family watching the sunkissed Florida landscape roll by from an Amtrak train window on their way to a delicious Publix-based supper with Gramps and Meemaw.
It combined all the tear-triggering elements we’ve come to know, love and weep to: inter-generational bonding, a sense of home, some bittersweet longing and, of course. delicious food. And this year’s ad, "Christmas Morning," provides all of that, plus an extra-weepy twist (Spoiler alert: our reviewer was literally sobbing at her desk.) You’re gonna love it. Or hate how much you love it. Or, like us, be really hungry and want to make a holiday pastry.
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"Christmas Morning" joins the Kleenex-ready pantheon of Publix holiday commercials that include 2008’s "Holiday Surprise," where a young doctor missing his family’s Christmas dinner comes home to realize they’ve brought dinner to him and 2018’s "The Surprise" (Publix loves surprises!) where a sweet kid invites a lonely elderly neighbor to his family’s Christmas dinner.
Will "Christmas Morning" make you cry and miss your grandma? Probably. Will you mind? Probably not.
This story originally published to palmbeachpost.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the new Gannett Media network.