There’s a good reason this emotional Christmas ad has already been viewed by millions
The almost 400-year old Norwegian postal service has dropped one of the most viewed festive ads of the season.
To mark 50 years of LGBTQ acceptance, an inclusive commercial has been released charting the love story between Santa and Harry.
The four-minute ad produced by Posten Norge shows Harry, a Norwegian man who waits up every Christmas Eve to snatch romantic moments with Old Saint Nick.
The heartwarming short film kicks off with Harry spotting Santa delivering presents. They share a moment before Santa disappears up the chimney. Their budding relationship is chartered over the years. On the 24th of December every year the two laugh and share stories with Harry careful to make a good impression by wearing his Sunday best.
Frustrated at the brief time they share together, Harry writes a letter, through Posten mail service, of course explaining that all he wants for Christmas is Santa.
The following year, Santa outsources his tasks to Posten so he can spend time with Harry. The finale is the pair sharing a kiss.
“In 2022, Norway marks 50 years of being able to love whomever we want,” the commercial reads at the end.
In Norwary, homosexuality was decriminalized in 1972 and civil partnerships have been legal since 1993.
LGBTQ people have been allowed to openly serve in the country’s military since 1979.
But the heart-warming nature of the ad hasn’t stopped some who claim that the postal service is sexualizing Christmas with their depiction of a homosexual Santa Claus.
Speaking on TalkRadio, one UK commentator claimed the postal service was turning the Santa story into someone else.
“This is an advert for the Norwegian postal service celebrating 50 years of being able to love who you want. However, they have sexualized Santa.”
But when asked if anyone would have an issue if Santa had kissed Mrs. Claus instead, the critic hadn’t much to say in response.
We think this is a true celebration of all kinds of love and what better time to remind us of the importance of joy and happiness, especially at Christmas – a time to be with the one you love.
The cinematic love story has already been viewed almost two million times since it was posted.