The project is complex, but the results are nostalgically amazing.
A major part of Christmas is the memories. Memories of family, sure. But also memories of the commercialism of Christmases past. Memories of Cabbage Patch Kids, Tickle Me Elmos, Frozen Elsa dolls—and all the unforgettable seasonal commercials that helped sell us that stuff. YouTuber Sean Hodgins gets it: The lover of “building, creating, making” recently came across a YouTube video featuring nothing but an hour of ‘90s Christmas commercials—including classics for things like Coca-Cola, Cookie Crisp, and Oreos. It got him thinking, “How incredible would it be to make a Christmas ornament that displays old ‘90s Christmas commercials on your tree?” So he built an ornament of his own creation: the YouTube Christmas Ornament.
Hodgins demonstrates how to make the video-playing ornament with a 12-minute video of his own that fittingly kicks off with a quick taste of a classic ‘90s Fruity Pebbles Christmas commercial. Now, before you get too excited, building this thing ain’t easy. He utilizes 3D printing and a number of components that the casual DIY crowd is probably unfamiliar with—not to even mention that the whole thing runs on a Raspberry Pi computer board that requires a bit of programming know-how. Even Hodgins called it “quite a struggle.” Frankly, most of us are probably better off asking for one of Hodgins’ ornaments from Santa and then just hoping for the best.
Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate Hodgins work and the end results. And meanwhile, if we do happen to be underestimating your DIY prowess, Hodgins is kind enough to walk you through every step of making this amazing ornament both on YouTube and in written form on Instructables.
But yeah, for the majority of us, we’ll just have to wait for Hodgins (or someone else) to manufacture this ornament and sell it (hopefully with a great TV commercial!) In the meantime, though, there’s nothing stopping you from simply watching an hour worth of old ‘90s Christmas commercials from YouTube on your TV without building an ornament. Seems like it could be a nice alternative to holiday music this Christmas. Because come on, you’ve heard Bing Crosby sing “White Christmas” a million times, but you haven’t seen a good Fruity Pebbles Christmas commercial in two decades!