Santa Claus gets a girlfriend in Norwegian Christmas ad – gives praise and tears | World news

A Norwegian Christmas ad showing that Santa is getting a girlfriend has spawned both widespread praise – and lots of tearful reactions.

Advertising for Norway‘s postal service, Posten, shows a relationship that develops between the two men over a number of years.

It was produced to mark 50 years ago that homosexuality was decriminalized in the country.

Called “When Harry Met Santa” – a reference to the 1989 film When Harry Met Sally – the ad shows the couple meeting for the first time when Harry sees Santa Claus delivering gifts to his home.

The two men look at each other, clearly affected, before Santa disappears up the chimney.

The ad continues to show annual meetings between the couple as Santa arrives at Harry’s home to deliver presents – where Harry carefully selects his outfit and sprays himself with aftershave.

The couple is seen getting closer and closer to each other during their fleeting festive meeting each year, with Harry at one point appearing crying after Santa’s gone, after telling him, “I’ll miss you.”

He is eventually shown writing a letter to Santa and saying, “All I want for Christmas is you.”

After apparently making sure that Norway’s postal service can deliver Harry’s presents, Santa Claus shows up in his living room and tells him, “Well, I’ve arranged some help this year … so I can be with you.”

The two men are then seen kissing.

Then text appears on the screen that says: “In 2022, Norway will mark 50 years of being able to love who we want.

“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

“From: all of us.

“To: all of us.”

The online response seemed to be almost universally positive, and many said the ad had reduced them to tears.

A YouTube user said, “This is just the most beautiful advertisement I’m in tears, how lovely it is. What a wonderful message to share in the celebration of a very important anniversary.”

Another said, “So beautiful, so cinematic! You really feel Harry’s feelings, the longing to see someone again, the hard times, the hope, the worry, I did not even know that such a powerful, powerful message could be delivered in just under 4 minutes. Congratulations Norway, congratulations Norway Post! “

There was also praise on Twitter, including from Canadian MP Randall Garrison, who said: “Okay, I break my no Xmas before the December rule to thank Norway Post for this strong and moving message of inclusion, celebrating 50 years ago the decriminalization of homosexuality in Norway. “

The Post Office’s Marketing Director, Monica Solberg, tells LGBTQ Nation: β€œThe Post Office is a spacious workplace with great diversity, and we would like to celebrate the 50th anniversary with this fine love story.

“In last year’s campaign, Santa was angry at Norway Post, which took away from him the ‘business’ – this year Santa Claus is happy that Norway Post can relieve him a little so he can be with the one he loves.”

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