The Gift: Disney Christmas advert is sugar-sweet but wholesome as brown bread

This the season to let the festive commercial deluge commence, and kicking things off is Disney, which is airing the third and last instalment of the ‘From My Family to Yours’ animated series for their Christmas ad this year, in aid of their charity Make-A-Wish.The series, which started in 2020 with the story of Filipina grandmother and grand-daughter Lola and Nicole, continued in 2021 with Nicole all grown up. Titled The Stepfather, that year’s premise centred around Nicole introducing new boyfriend Mike to her own children Max and Ella.As Disney have told us repeatedly, these ads have been praised for their depiction of a “blended family”, forgoing the idealised, traditionally nuclear family you might see on greetings cards for something increasingly closer to many peoples’ lived experience.This year, we’re heading back to visit our Filipino friends again, with the focus shifting to the youngest child, daughter Ella, as Nicole and Mike prepare to welcome their first child together.