Coca-Cola touches the lives of millions of people each and every day. From special occasions to exceptional moments in everyday life, Coca-Cola is there. The brand has become a special part of people's lives.

Over the years, thousands of people have sent us personal stories about how Coca-Cola has affected their lives. Whether it is a favorite childhood memory, a reminder of family gatherings, or a recollection of good times with friends, Coca-Cola has touched the lives of people all over the world.

Here are some of the stories that Coca-Cola fans have shared with us over the years.

  • Every December I eagerly await my first viewing of the Coca-Cola Christmas advert -- the one with the Christmas trucks and the jingle that goes, "holidays are coming, holidays are coming..." You know the one! It isn't Christmas until I've seen that, and I drive my husband crazy asking if it's been on yet. I have to congratulate Coca-Cola on capturing the festive spirit so well, and I look forward to enjoying your advert for many years to come.

  • In the 1950s when I was a little girl there was a calendar that hung behind the meat counter at the grocery store in my neighborhood. It was a Coca-Cola Christmas calendar with Santa holding a long list of good boys and girls. I would stand endlessly searching the list for my name!

  • In 1976 I lived in South Carolina with my mother who is German and my father who is American. My father was in the U.S. Army, and stationed in Germany, where he met my mother. My mother had applied for her American citizenship twice, but never followed through. In 1975 my mother saw an advertisement for Coca-Cola that stated "Look up America -- see what we’ve got." This ad really touched her heart, and she wrote a letter to The Coca-Cola Company letting them know that, and she went for her third and final time to get her citizenship. Her letter touched the hearts of the people at Coca-Cola and it was used in an advertisement in 1976 in a magazine. The district manager of Coca-Cola and the general manager of the bottling company paid my mother a visit, and presented her with an American flag that had flown over the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. I now have the flag and display it proudly, knowing that Coca-Cola had made my mother become the citizen she always wanted to be.

  • My friends and I were kids and heard that commercial "Coke® Adds Life." We loved the harmony so much that we would all sit out on the porch and sing the song. We would even sing it in the shower because we loved the echo effect that we got in there. We each had our "part" and loved doing it over and over again. That song is what made me realize for the first time that I could sing. It is a great memory to me and I have been a singer ever since then.

  • My brother and his fiancé are getting married, and I just received their invitation in the mail. My brother and soon-to-be sister-in law are so into Coke that they decided to incorporate it into their wedding, so the whole wedding is going to be in a Coke theme. They have picked out the song "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Coca-Cola Stories Harmony)" because they say that suits them; they are in perfect harmony with each other. Their interest in Coke is what brought them together after all, and they love to just sip on a Coke and enjoy each other’s company.

  • Growing up in the 1960s, our family owned a radio station. I worked the night shift dubbing commercials from a master tape to a cartridge for replay during the day. Sitting with a Coke in my hands working the board dubbing Coke commercials brings back memories as great as the music we played. My best friend worked at the Coke plant -- after loading the trucks for all the drivers, we kicked back sipping Coke, drinking up good times. We took it with us in a cooler or in a bucket, but no matter where we went, Coke was with us, always.

  • As a young man in the mail room at an advertising agency in New York City, approximately 1946, I was given an assignment by the art director to produce a painting of a Coca-Cola bottle - bottle in the foreground and melting into a snowcovered slope with a log cabin in the background - which was displayed in all the subway trains.

  • My first Coke experience was the "I'd like to buy the World a Coke" commercial. I was very young and that same year my grandmother bought me a music box that played "I'd like to teach the world to sing," and that was it. I always sang the Coke song when it played. Another favorite commercial is the one with the little bears and the seal. It always makes me cry - it's so cute.

  • I've drunk Coke all my life and have a Coke collection from a micro Coke car to four Coke machines. At work, people call me the Coca-Cola Kid because I am never without a Coke in my hands and a spare in my lunch box. I am such an avid collector, I bought some stock so I can say I own a piece of Coke. No other sodas besides Coke products are allowed in my house. When friends come over and they have some other soda, it has to stay outside. I even have six VCRs going all day so I can record the commercials. I have over 20 hours of Coke commercials, including "I'd Like to buy the World a Coke," the "Mean Joe Greene" ad and some from foreign countries that I got when I was in the military. I play the commercials when I clean my house instead of listening to the radio. Friends, family, neighbors, and on a few occasions strangers come over just to see my Coke collection. Thanks for all the joy Coke has brought.

  • I used to have a beautiful German Shepherd that danced to a Coca-Cola commercial. He stepped on his two legs and began to back up. He only did that when he heard the Coca-Cola commercial.

  • Drop back to the early 1970s when I was about 10 years old. I was an impressionable fun loving kid just running around, playing games and growing up with all my best friends. Pick-up games of baseball and football were more important than school or girls. You remember those days?

  • I was always looking up to older kids and how they acted and dressed -- sort of a hero worship and wanting to be "big" like them. One of the most engrained images I have of those times was the big brother of a friend of mine who had a pair of those the funky red and white checkerboard COKE pants. It seemed to make a big impression on me that he was soooooo coooool in those pants with a white T-shirt and disco hair. He was always nice to all of us and helped us get out of a lot of trouble we may have caused. Imagine that. Anyway, that impression was and still is important to me as to what an impact Coke had then with its cool commercials, songs, Mean Joe Greene, and the list goes on and on.

  • Still, those funky checkerboard pants!! I can't imagine wearing them now, but sure wish I had a pair. By the way, we can all skip going back to the disco hairstyles, right?

  • The commercials, especially around Christmas, from your company and marketing team have been fabulous. The spirit of Christmas is so carefully inscribed within the commercial that I have to stop and think as I watch your commercial -- as opposed to tune it out like so many others.

  • I am in marketing and realized that I wanted to be in this profession when I saw the Coca-Cola commercial from Christmas with "I'd Like to buy the World a Coke." I knew that I wanted to do this. Since then, I continue to be amazed at how wonderful and continuously creative Coca-Cola is with both its print ads and television commercials. I now collect Coca-Cola magazine ads and have a wall dedicated to years of great advertising. Thanks, Coke, for giving me the push I needed to go into a field that continues to keep my creative juices flowing!

  • My last year of high school was in 1979. During that year I was a cheerleader and enjoyed cheering at football games. I recall watching the commercial of the football player and the child who offered him a Coke after the game. It brought tears to my eyes. I never knew how important commercials were, but as I was watching them [at World of Coca-Cola ], they all brought back some kind of fond memory of the date in time.

  • As a teenager my friends and I would all gather on our porch singing the old Coke song, "Coke adds life and everybody wants a little life ... Coca-Cola." We would laugh and sing drinking Coke. Every time we would see someone with a Coke we would break out singing. Everybody wanted to sing the last high-pitched "Coca- Cola." That is one of my best childhood memories.

  • The day I discovered that I had a real love for Coca-Cola was when I was around 5 years old -- the 1971 Coke commercial. The Coca-Cola song being sung in the hills of Italy brings happy reminders of when I was young and first started to sing. Whenever the old '71 commercial plays, reminders of my childhood abound, and thoughts and feelings of those "good ole days" bring me back to my youth. And I still know the song!

  • After a very devastating start to my life (I was 7 years old), my two brothers and I were released from an orphanage to my father's care, and he promptly moved us to Chicago, Illinois. It was a new beginning and a time filled with hope and promise. That was when I first saw your commercial about teaching the world to sing in perfect harmony, and it seemed to personify what I felt in my heart, even at such a young age.

  • My favorite Coke commercial is the one where Coke teaches the world to sing. As a young girl, I always thought that was a wonderful symbol of my hopes and dreams for the future of the world -- everyone living together peacefully. Now, as a mother of two children, I still hope that someday this becomes a reality. Coke and my dreams will always be one.

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