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A CENTER-elderly man comes into his front room wearing a pile of Christmas items and finds Santa Claus there waiting. They lock eyes and draw nearer. He runs his fingers via Santa’s hair, caressing his grey beard in all its wonderful bushiness.

Then sensitively, lovingly, they begin to kiss.

This is the fruits of the same-intercourse Santa love story — titled Whilst Harry met Santa — that Posten, Norway’s postal service, released as its Christmas advert this yr.

I år får julenissen avlasting ??

God jul og godt nytt år! ✨?#loveislove

— Posten Norge AS (@postennorge) November 23, 2021

The advertisement is meant to mark fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality within the us of a.

“Posten is an inclusive place of business with great variety, and we’d like to rejoice the 50th anniversary with this gorgeous love story,” Monica Solberg, the company’s advertising director, informed Kampanje, Norway’s advertising business magazine.

The ad has had an overwhelmingly positive reaction.

The Norwegian inspirational speaker Jimmy Westerheim lauded Posten for “probably the most necessary advert in many years”, in a publish at the group’s Fb page. “Santa can love somebody he wants. thanks to Posten for doing what many others must have performed an extended time ago!”

The homosexual information website Crimson Information praised the advert as “beautiful, emotional”. One reader wrote on the web page’s Fb web page that the advert had “made me cry”, with its portrayal of love between older males. He called on Royal Mail to up its game.

Others commentators accused Posten of politicising Christmas, with one complaining in the comments underneath the group’s YouTube video that the advert was “woke long past crazy”.

The physician and broadcaster Renee Hoenderkamp complained that she did not want her three-year-antique seeing Santa kiss any person, male or female.

The actor and activist Lawrence Fox, introduced his “thoughts and prayers” to Mrs. Claus at her very public betrayal but Solberg denied that there has been anything political in regards to the advertisement.

“the best to like whoever you want is a fundamental human right, and isn’t thought to be a political factor in loose and democratic societies in 2021,” she advised Kampanje.

The ad is not Posten’s first foray into Christmas controversy. Its 2019 Christmas ad hinted cheekily that a handsome postman might be the true cause of the virgin start, whilst in 2020, it portrayed Santa as an irate, unemployed man with a more than passing similarity to the then outgoing US President Donald Trump. 

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