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Friday, December 16, 2011

The Eat'n Park Christmas Star commercial: Nearly 30 years later, it’s still going strong!

We’ve noticed something lately. The holidays have a special quality; one that ensures that much-loved classics will never go away. Our Christmas Star commercial is coming up on its 30th anniversary (can you believe that it’s been running since 1982?), and that got us thinking about traditions and the Christmas season.

At what other time of year are folks tuning in to watch movies that are over a half-century old? It’s a Wonderful Life came out in 1946, and some of the other classics that we all know and love – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Frosty the Snowman – came out in the 60’s, more than 40 years ago.

So is it really any surprise that a simple holiday sentiment like our Christmas Star commercial has cemented its place in the hearts of so many? We say no. There are certain things that transcend time, and the Christmas Star, just like those timeless Christmas movies, communicates an everlasting idea that just doesn’t fade. It’s the idea that we’re all in this together – and that by sharing, helping, comforting, and caring, we’re able to make the world a brighter place.

New trends will come and go; 30 years ago, you watched these classics on TV. Who would have thought back then that today you’d be viewing them online or on your phone? Technology will change, but the holiday spirit continues to hold true, as it has for centuries past.

So, as the holidays approach, remember those who could use a special lift. Make a donation, volunteer an afternoon, lend a helping hand, spend a day with someone who has no one to celebrate with. The smallest act of kindness can echo further than you’d imagine. And as you settle in to watch Miracle on 34th Street for the umpteenth time, you’ll know that you’ve made someone’s holiday just a little bit brighter.

From all of us here at Eat’n Park, Merry Christmas!



Anonymous said...

Does ANYONE know where I could possibly find an ENP Christmas star sweatshirt? For the past few years I've seen they've been on sale at some locations and I've spent about 3 hours trying to find one online for my mom. It'd be a very unexpected gift from my son and I that she would LOVE! For as long as I can remember it was never "officially" Christmas until she saw this commercial (and still to this day it's like that!) I live in the Center twp./Robinson area if anyone knows of a location that would be selling them, if they are at all that is. Would really mean so much to me to give her a gift such as that.
Thanks! ~Cara, Monaca PA

Eat'n Park said...

Hi Cara,
Unfortunately, we don't have any Christmas Star apparel available this year, but stay tuned. Next year is the 30th anniversary of the Christmas Star, so it's likely that we'll have some then.
Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

This was my Dad's favorite commercial. I think of him every time I see it.

Lynn S. said...

My husband and I were married in1982, so this Star commericial is always a reminder of our First Christmas as Mr. and Mrs. I still get chills when I see this commercial. I look forward to seeing it every year.

Anonymous said...

The commercial is my all time favorite. It reminds me of my Dad who is deceased. He knew I loved the commercial and before he died he went out to buy me the shirt with the tree on it. Of course Eat & Park is also my favorite restaurant too!

Anonymous said...

I am the 'Mom' that the 1st poster referred to & for all of her life the story goes "It's not Christmas until I see the commercial" . It doesn't count when everyone else sees it & races to tell me. This has been the tradition for 28 years now. I will have my sister as well call & tell me she has seen it & how many times. To me the commercial truly signifies the season. I thank you Eat N Park for continuing my family tradition. I have a new grandson who will now be a part of this lovely tradition. My sweatshirt is 25 years old & still in great shape! Looking foreward to the new ones in 2012.

Anonymous said...

The reason I came to this site was to post about the Star Commercial. Thank you Eat n Park for continuing to run it. I look for it each year and it brings a smile to my face every time I see it. Thank You.

Monica of Pa.