Touching Christmas Advert Proves The Best Gift Is Love
Cailyn Finkel 11/26/2018
Lost in the chaos of the holiday season is the true meaning of Christmas. It's easy to be distracted by the vast shopping deals, twinkling lights and deliciously sweet treats. However, behind the glimmering distractions is the real purpose for the holiday.
As surprising as it sounds, one incredible "advertisement" is reminding us to keep our priorities straight - and it was all done on the cheapest film budget imaginable: $64. Phil Beastall, from Gloucestershire, England, used his film chops and an emotional true story from his past to remind us to hold each other closely this holiday season...
Phil's video begins as he counts down the days until Christmas on his calendar. The cameras follow him as he shops for gifts, does chores around the house and walks his neighborhood. At the end of each day, he marks off a big red "X" on the date. Clearly, he's counting down to something wonderful on Christmas Day!
When the big day finally arrives, Phil tears open the wrapping paper on the one lonely box under his tree. It's the very same present he wraps and unwraps every single year - but this year, things are different. It's the last time he'll open this very special present.
The camera follows Phil as he pops a cassette into an ancient-looking Walkman player. He plugs in his headphones, gently presses "play" and sits back in his chair. This message was going to be a difficult one to listen to.
The tape was from Phil's late mother wishing him a Merry Christmas and sending him all of the love in the world. It was heartbreaking for the 32-year-old to hear her voice from beyond the grave. Memories of Christmas mornings as a child flooded into his mind as he wiped away tears flowing from his eyes.
As hard as it was to listen to his mother's beautiful voice, it was the closure he needed following her passing. In the final moments of Phil's video, the screen fades to black and the following text pops onto the screen:
"Love is a gift, that lasts forever. Merry Christmas."
We all could use this reminder during a time of the year when it's easy to be overwhelmed by consumerism. Instead of focusing what we're going to get under the Christmas tree, we should pay attention to who we have surrounding us. Not everyone is afforded that luxury.