Christmas for children is a wondrous time when magical things start to happen.
Far away, in a little workshop, sits a jolly, bearded man with all his little elves hard at work making toys so that he can fly round the world on his sleigh, pulled by reindeer and deliver all the good boys and girls presents.
If you listen hard enough, you might just hear the faint tinkle of sleigh bells in distance, or be sure you heard a distinctive “Ho, ho, ho!” on the air as Santa goes on his way.
Although if the Paypal company’s new Christmas advert is anything to go by, it’s Mum and Dad who go out and buy everything.
Gee, that scenario is SO much more exciting. Not.
The advert starts off with two little boys tucked up in their beds, saying that they didn’t think they were getting any presents this year as Mum and Dad hadn’t been rushing around like headless chickens (OK, I paraphrased the last bit ) this year.
Cut to Mum and Dad laughing on the sofa as they’ve bought everything online via good old Paypal.
Way to put a dampener on Christmas, guys.
Its bad enough when some cow-bag gleefully tells you in the school playground at primary that he doesn’t exist (bitter, moi?) so to do it to the whole nation of children who happen to be sat near a television at the time of broadcast takes on epic Grinch proportions.
There’s plenty of time to find out life’s dull and boring bits, and at small children age it’s nice to have a bit of magic as it soon disappears quickly enough.
I’m perfectly aware that at the age of 8 and 12, I’m running on completely borrowed time and they probably won’t be putting the carrot out of Rudolph and the glass of milk and a mince pie out for Santa before they go to bed in the near future.
I think the 12 year old does know, deep down, but he’s refusing to admit it to himself.
Who am I to argue? I still believe in all the magic and I’m thirty <cough> something years of age.
As Buddy The Elf would say, “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
A lesson Paypal should take, in that they should get singing to banish the Grinchy blues and rediscover the magic of Christmas.
What do you think?
Have they ruined Christmas? Do yours believe? Or not?
The offending vid