PayPal recently aired an advert that suggests that Santa isn’t real. It features two young brothers trying to catch their parents bringing home presents only to be disheartened by the fact they are not bringing big bags into the house. By Christmas Day, the tree is magically surrounded by gifts as the parents have been using PayPal to shop online.
Parents are furious for the ad’s suggestion that parents buy all their children’s Christmas gifts during December – not Santa Claus.
The advertising agency has received 233 complaints from viewers after they saw the UK campaign. A spokeswoman for PayPal said:
“We just want to take a moment to say we’re sorry that some people have been upset by our new UK Christmas TV advert. Our ad aims to take a fun look at those Christmas presents kids know come from their parents, and not in any way say Father Christmas doesn’t also deliver presents to them.
We have listened to our customers’ feedback. We’re making arrangements that as soon as TV channels will allow, our commercial will run only after 9pm, the watershed, after which it is assumed that younger children will not be watching TV. We want every child to experience the magic of Christmas.”