While nothing will ever top the holiday-themed cinematic masterpiece that is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, many companies have been stepping up their own holiday video game this season. These videos are not only worth a few minutes of your time for pure entertainment’s sake, they’re prime examples of companies being human and likable — a quality you can’t underestimate. Plus they’ll help you waste some time while you’re at the office, waiting for some much-needed days off.
Take a break from all the last minute projects you need to wrap up before the new year, and get in the spirit with five of the best company holiday videos of 2014.
First Round Capital 2014 Holiday Parody Video – All About Burn Rate
Lip sync parodies are a lot trickier to pull off than they appear. First Round Capital created the perfect blend of humor, cleverness, and pop culture references with their holiday lip sync video. It has everything, ridiculous outfits, cheeky lyrics, Taylor Swift, what more could anyone ask for in a company holiday video. I love that it features all of the companies that work with First Round Capital, but seriously, how did they get everyone on board with this video?
If only I could incorporate the line “hockey stick curves in all the right places” into my daily conversations…
Hootsuite Yule Log Holiday Owl
While this video lacks the awkward dancing and fantastic melodies of pop songs from 2014, it does have an adorable little owl. Fireplace + adorable owl + 40 minute run time = the perfect video to airplay on a TV in your department while you work. I loved having this video playing in the background. I definitely felt a bit cozier and warmer in the normally antarctic environment of the marketing department.
Fun fact: “Snoopy” the owl is an educational owl from the O.W.L. Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Delta B.C. He is here to delight the masses with his adorable-ness and to educate people about owls and their habitats.
The Carlyle Group 2014 Holiday Video
To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what is going on with this video. But I love it. The delicate combination of news footage, awkward acting, and one of the dopest raps of the year make this holiday video worth two minutes of your time. At certain points of the video, I thought I had clicked on a Beats by Dre advertisement. I may or may not have ordered 8 pairs of the new Beats Solo headphones…for myself of course. I appreciate the brave soul who is willing to put themselves out there and not take themselves too seriously.
You go, Carlyle Group!
What Not To Do At Your Company’s Holiday Party – Fast Company
This video is the perfect what-not-to-do guide for anyone going to a company holiday party for the first time. All the cliches are covered. If this is your first big kid job post college, I would strongly advise you watch this video before attending your company holiday party. Also, be prepared to see many people fall into all of the categories the video covers. Personally, I don’t find anything wrong with the mystical art of Karaoke.
Company holiday party season truly is the most wonderful time of year.
Vidyard – That Gift I never Got
This video punches you right in the nostalgia feels. Everyone has a story from their childhood where their greatest hopes and dreams were dashed when their parents (or Santa) failed to purchase the Christmas present they hoped for. Employee interviews and clips of classic toy commercials make this video fun to watch and relate to.
For me, it was a metal detector, the gift that would keep on giving year round. The JCPenny Holiday catalogue had a real metal detector for a mere $150 (includes carry case, but dorky vest the model was wearing was extra). Christmas morning came and went, and no metal detector. I still hold out hope that maybe one day I will look under the Christmas tree and find that metal detector shaped present.
These company videos really nailed the holiday spirit. I hope you enjoyed.