It's that time of year again, when agencies use all their remaining creativity and joyful spirit to create festive holiday cards, videos, and websites. It's also the time where agency staffers are given free reign to get downright weird. And thankfully, this year did not disappoint.
If you're looking for messages of goodwill and hope for humanity, you won't find it in these examples. But you will find awkward people dancing around in onesies, a hipster santa, and a Pomeranian in 12 different outfits -- and isn't that the most you can hope for this holiday?
Check out this list of the weird, wacky, and wonderful world of agency holiday cards. (Warning: The audio in #3 is NSFW.)
There's nothing like pelting your co-workers with snowballs to spread a little good cheer around the office. Exit 10 used a Phantom camera to film the slow-motion, icy attack.
The agency created a website that can turn your phone into a virtual snow globe. When you this website on a mobile device and shake the screen, it'll start to snow (on your screen, not in real life). If you rotate the phone, you'll see other parts of the winter landscape inside the globe. You can even write your own message and send the globe to your friends and family by email or social media. (Go ahead, check it out! We'll wait right here.)
3) Ogilvy & Mather Paris
If Christmas was the product of an advertising stunt, this video shows it would look a lot different. This video from Oglivy & Mather shows what it might be like if the concept of Christmas was pitched to a focus group -- and it brings up some questions about the strange traditions we all accept.
(Warning: Audio is NSFW.)
4) School Editing
This is a fun one one one agency did of their employees lip synching to a catchy Christmas song -- even more impressive, they did it all in one take.
5) Door Number 3
Austin-based Door Number 3 introduces us to "Hipster Santa," who brags about his free-range reindeer and his sleigh that "runs on penguin tears and pure Santa sweat." And, just FYI, he's requesting soy milk and gluten-free cookies this year.
6) Plan B
Plan B brings the "Elf on the Shelf" to the agency world to report on who's being naughty and who's being nice -- both in their dealings with clients and their professional behavior in the office.
7) Klick Health
Klick Health remixed "Jingle Bells" using 131 office sounds to create a unique and fun holiday tune.
8) Wasserman + Partners
Wasserman + Partners created a fun Instagram video series they call "12 Holiday Holograms." Here are two examples:
A video posted by Wasserman + Partners (@wpadvertising) on Dec 12, 2014 at 2:09pm PST
A video posted by Wasserman + Partners (@wpadvertising) on Dec 12, 2014 at 1:52pm PST
9) MUH-TAY-ZIK | HOF-FER
Copy editors and The Chicago Manual Of Style followers can stop praying for that Christmas miracle: The agency created a bookmarklet to that adds the Oxford comma to web pages because "missing Oxford commas ruin Christmas."
The holidays are a time of joy, laughter ... and, quite possibly, shame fueled by free alcohol and inordinate amounts of sugar at your office holiday party. But thanks to Cleveland-based Brokaw's post-holiday apology-maker, you might just be able to atone for your behavior.
11) Zulu Alpha Kilo
The agency employed its reputation management skills to rebrand and make over the abominable snowman. A series of 16 videos shows the creature's start as a "tough" client to his transformation into a charitable, well-read vegan. We've included the first one below, but you can watch the whole series here.
12) Brownstein Group
The agency used popular movies as inspiration for a set of holiday-themed posters. Check out three of them below, inspired by Diehard, Home Alone, and Jingle All the Way respectively.
Organic tries to erase fruitcake's bad reputation with the Fruitcake-O-Matic. The site lets you create your own treat and send it to a friend -- and the agency is sending 20 real cakes to users each day.
14) St. John & Partners
A video posted by St. John & Partners (@stjohnpartners) on Dec 12, 2014 at 3:37pm PST
We’re using our 3D printer to create our very own #PrinterWonderland, and we need your help! Stay tuned next week to see how you can add your own touch to our holiday village. For now, here’s a preview of our first creation. #SJPlife #agencylife
A video posted by St. John & Partners (@stjohnpartners) on Dec 12, 2014 at 11:14am PST
Wunderman created a "12 Days of GIFAWAYS," where a "snowbro" plays a charades-type game and viewers guess what he's acting out to win a gift. (You need to be in the U.S. and have a Twitter account to enter.)
16) The Pita Group
The holidays can be a stressful time. Luckily, this agency decided to take it out on fruitcake, not clients in this stragely beautiful, very satisfying high-defitinion video.
17) The Duffy Agency
The Duffy Agency created an Instagram Christmas tree with ornaments featuring the faces of the agency's friends and business partners. Is your face on there?
Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments!