Skip to comments.Coke sends mixed holiday message[Feliz Navidad??]
Posted on 12/03/2009 9:57:40 AM PST by BGHater
Now that the holidays are upon us, its time to get annoyed with the consumerism, secularism and political correctness that continue to whittle away at the meaning of the holiday season.
The secular and consumption-driven nature of the season has become so routine that one has to work hard to remember to take time for the traditions and religious observances that once defined the season.
I thought I had seen every example of how religious meaning has been stripped out of Christmas until a friend showed me the label on a festive seasonal bottle of Coca Cola the other day. The marketers at Coke have taken secularism to new heights and thrown in a confusing mixed message for good measure.
On one side of the bottles label was the catchy phrase Holiday 2009 in English. Not Happy Holiday, mind you, but Holiday 2009, as if it were important only to know the year the soda was produced but not to recognize any other significance of the holiday.
Hats off to the people at Coke. Thats about as generic as you can get, and it bears no risk of offending anyone with a message that could be interpreted as religious in nature. In fact, the message has no meaning whatsoever.
But theres more to it than that. On the opposite side of the label was the mirror image written in Spanish, a common practice for consumer goods marketed to a growing Hispanic population. However, in place of the English-language Holiday 2009 on the label was the Spanish phrase Feliz Navidad.
Thanks to the song by Jose Feliciano, many of us non-Spanish speakers know that Feliz Navidad means Merry Christmas, a phrase with far more meaning than Holiday 2009. If translated literally it actually means Happy Nativity, taking the meaning directly to the birth of the Christ child in the manger.
So while the English-speaking public gets the equivalent of a date stamp, the folks at Coca Cola see fit to wish the Spanish-speaking population a Merry Christmas and recognize the core spiritual essence of the Christmas holiday.
I find that fascinating, and I have to wonder what it means. Is it that English-speaking people are seen by the marketers at Coke as completely secular and likely to be offended by the expression Merry Christmas or a link between the holiday season and a Christian holiday?
Or do the people at Coke view Hispanics as more religious than non-Hispanics? Do they think that Hispanics value the religious significance of Christmas more highly and may be offended if the reference to Christmas were left off of a seasonal product?
Is it that Hispanics lack the diversity of religious beliefs and secular viewpoints that exist in the English-speaking population? Perhaps the holiday season equates to Christmas alone in the Hispanic population, and thus Merry Christmas will have meaning to a large segment of that population without offending many of them.
Is the Hispanic population where the rest of us were 30 or 40 years ago when you could wish people a Merry Christmas without triggering widespread social angst or risk being sued? Have they yet to develop the advanced state of political correctness that plagues the English-speaking population?
I have to believe that the marketers at Coke are savvy enough to know exactly what they are doing and were very deliberate in the choices of English and Spanish language phrases they made. But I think a lot of people who notice the labeling in the first place will understand the meaning of Feliz Navidad and wonder at the disparity between that and the drivel on the opposite side of the bottle.
Whatever the reason behind it, I envy the Hispanic population for receiving from Coca Cola a meaningful holiday wish while the rest of us get only a reminder of what year it is.
If you should ever pick up Diet Coke’s Ramadan version, don’t pull the tab.
Maybe hispanic athiests aren’t the same candy-ass whiners that non-hispanic athiests seem to be.
How dare you challenge my athiesm with your wish of happiness at Christmastime!! You bastard!
The only Coke in glass bottles sold in my area , comes from Mexico . I hope the water is boiled during the process .
The Mexican coke is the same as Passover Coke.
Made with real sugar. Tastes much better.
I am so tempted to wish people a Merry White Christian Heterosexual Male Christmas, just to drive home this point!
At the rate this country is declining, we won’t even last till our well-deserved Armageddon!
I just bought a couple two liter bottles of Coke for tomorrow. One one side it says Holiday 2009 and on the other it says Feliz Navidad. I guess Spanish speakers dont have to be shielded from any dangerous Christmas influences.
5 posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 1:39:00 PM by KarlInOhio (Obamalaise - the new mood for America.)
I do like the song sung by Jose Feliciano.
Why is everything ruined amymore?
here is what i don’t get. why do some companies feel compelled to put ANY kind of “holiday” stuff on their products. i don’t see a santa on my dishwasher detergent. no happy holidays nonsense on the ketchup bottle. why do these companies put any kind of “holiday” greetings on the containers? if they are worried about offending someone, why not just scrap all of it?
PC is for succers.
Plastic explosives, right?
Merry White, Christian, Heterosexual, Employed, Pro-Life, Pro-2nd Amendment, Pro-Military, Pro-American, Anti-Largesse Male Christmas...;-)
Soldiers preparing to retrieve a package of "Ramadan Coke".
It’s a promotional thing. They get to “get into the holiday spirit” with themed packaging and commercials. The current “American Santa” is basically the 1930s Coke advertising Santa.
Guess they need to change it "For CENSORED"
Just add Mentos.
“Holiday 2009.” For me Coke has reached its expiration date.
Merry Christmas to all and to Coke goodnight.
Mexican Coke is still made with real cane sugar instead of the corn syrup used in the US.
Yes, there is a difference.
yeah i get the advertisement thingy. but still if it causes them so much trouble that they can only put Holiday2009 in english and merry christmas in spanish, then why bother.
Actually it goes back a bit father than that.
From Wikipedia: "One of the first artists to define Santa Claus's modern image was Thomas Nast, an American cartoonist of the 19th century. In 1863, a picture of Santa illustrated by Nast appeared in Harper's Weekly."
Here is an image from 1881:
Even more when they shout "Jesus Christ!" in surprise.
It doesn’t cause them trouble. There’s a lot of myths about complaints about Christmas on stuff, but it’s mostly BS. The put Holiday 2009 because they WANTED to (assuming they actually did it, haven’t seen pics or Christmas coke yet), somebody thought it looked cool.
I am not a coke drinker, but I do like that song...but the only words I can sing to it is the title...Its the only modern Christmas song I like......my brain is now singing it, (just the 2 words I know :O)
Santa’s been around for a long time, but the version of Santa we see now, which looks very different from the picture you attached, is really the Coke Santa.
Sounds like Coke is practicing Anti-White Bigotry and Hispano-Racism at the same time....valuing the rights of Hispanics over the rights of majority Americans.
There is no reason why they cannot put Merry Christams on their products....in Texas. Outside of the Peoples Republic of Austin, most white Texans are not offended by “Merry Christmas”
Thanks, but I have better things to do than get annoyed with consumerism, secularism and political correctness.
It’s capitalism. Perhaps these cans are for Spanish areas in the states. I drink a coke for refreshment and not messages. They should just go back to the red can and be done with it. Why do these companies need to put anything on these cans????? It is so ridiculous that it is rather funny.
Si! Twanty-two! I get twanty-two bottle of Coke!
“Green Christmas” by Stan Freberg
Deck the halls with advertising! ‘tis the time for merchandising! Profit never needs a reason, falala falala la la la! It was already a subject for parody in the ‘50s.
I always thought the name of the song was "Police Nab Me Dad."
Merry December Twenty-fifth.
OK so I’ve done some poking around and it looks like this year’s Christmas cokes are running the same pattern as last year. The bottle are spherical and they look kind of like Christmas tree ornaments. On the front over the logo in the same place they said “Holiday 2008” in non-exiting font last year they say “Holiday 2009” in a similarly non-exiting font this year. On the back is a series of images ranging from the Coke Santa to the Coke polar bear and various other stuff. It looks like the “Holiday 2009”, much like last year’s “Holiday 2008” is just a series designator, basically saying these are the 2009 holiday season bottles, because other than that the front part of the bottle is the same old Coke logo.
That is funny! I do like it. It has a merry spirit to it.
I just got one. Why should't it pull the t ....
Coke is bad for you.
Pepsi is bad for you.
Why drink either?
I get all the caffeine I need from generic coffee, tea, iced tea and ... my favorite ... Ikea dark chocolate.
Maybe they did their marketing research and found that Feliz Navidad/Merry Christmas was important to hispanics and that English speaking people didn’t care.
OTH, I just saw some kind of “holiday” celebration and it was called Beach Blanket Babylon...disgusting.
I usually tell people I know Merry Christmas - but if I’m feeling cheeky, it’s usually Happy Kwana-hana-Christmas-za.
You are so right. It tastes so much better.