The global advertising agency Leo Burnett has worked with multinational fast food chain McDonald’s in capturing the true meaning of Christmas this year with its “The List” ad, emphasizing togetherness and family over gifts and trinkets.
Oscar-winner Tom Hooper directed the 90-second spot that follows young Alfie and his family as they prepare for Christmas. As Alfie’s Christmas list for Santa grows and grows, and his investment in it increases, it becomes obvious that he's gotten a little carried away.
“We can all get a bit carried away by the excitement of Christmas, but we all know it's those small moments with loved ones that matter the most,” said Chaka Sobhani, the chief creative officer at Leo Burnett UK and Global. “We hope the Alternative Christmas List taps into that, particularly in such a difficult year.”
While the family walks down the street, an almost supernatural gust of wind blows Alfie’s list out of his hands and up into the sky. They desperately try to get ahold of it but to no avail. Alfie’s parents comfort the visibly upset child, taking him to McDonald’s to cheer him up.