Santa Claus Falls in Love With a Man in Heartwarming Christmas Commercial

This Christmas season has more inclusive advertising than ever before. The Norwegian Postal Service is celebrating the holidays with a new commercial that displays LGTBQ+ love in the most positive way. Posten Norge marks 50 years since the decriminalization of homosexuality in Norway. To celebrate, they released a clip, that portrays a man named Harry falling in love with Santa Claus.

Harry waits for Old Saint Nick every year following the two having a memorable encounter, with the white-bearded figure returning each Christmas Eve to talk and exchange gifts. After one goodbye one year, Harry sends Santa a letter to the North Pole.

"Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is you," he writes, with a heart, a nod to Mariah Carey's 1994 classic. The next year, Harry receives a delivery package from Posten, with the worker telling him at the door: "Hey! Here are some packages addressed to you."

Harry is ecstatic to discover Mr. Claus waiting for him in the living room."Well, I arranged some help this year so I can be with you," Santa tells him. The two share a kiss. Posten writes at the end of the clip: "In 2022, Norway marks 50 years of being able to love whoever we want. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year."

Mats Strandberg, the real-life husband of the actor who plays Harry in the ad, praised the commercial in a post. Posten's marketing director, Monica Solberg, told LGBTQ Nation, "It has been a dark year for everyone – A global pandemic, code red for our planet, refugee crisis, and more. Perhaps what we need this year is a warm and heartfelt love story? A celebration of the fact that we can love whomever we want in Norway, despite everything bad that happens around the world."

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Solberg also dismisses the idea that the ad mixes politics with Christmas, adding: "The right to love whoever you want is a fundamental human right, and is not considered a political issue in free democratic societies in 2021. Norway Post has connected people for 375 years, and will continue to do so regardless of orientation or gender identity."

The commercial came after Netflix released its first LGBTQ+-led holiday rom-com. The movie, Single All the Way, is now available for streaming.