Yesterday morning I got a message from one of my friends to ask if I’d seen what was going on over at the Paypal Facebook page. I hadn’t but seeing as I’m nosey and don’t like to miss out of drama I obviously headed over there immediately to find out what was going on.
What I found there was a lot of outraged and upset parents saying that Paypal had ruined Christmas, broken the hearts of children and basically made sure that this year’s Christmas isn’t magical.
And just how had they done this? With a TV advert that showed parents buying presents for their children.
If you haven’t seen it then I’ve included it below but please, please don’t watch it in from of your children if they still believe as it’s clearly upset a lot of people whose children have seen it….
So, what do you think, would your Christmas be ruined if your children saw this?
I’d genuinely like to hear your opinion because I know for a fact that mine certainly wouldn’t be!
For starters I’m not convinced that the advert does make children believe that Santa isn’t real.
I know that I’m coming from a place where neither of my children believe any longer (they’re 10 and 13) so I might be more relaxed about it but even when they did believe, I always told them that they got one present from Santa and the rest were from us. The idea that we bought presents for them is normal in our house as Santa would deliver the toys we bought along with the special present off him.
Secondly, surely parents have had to answer awkward questions about the existence of Santa before. I know I did….
Why does Santa use the same wrapping paper as you?
How does Santa really deliver so many presents in one night?
We don’t have a chimney?
What are you hiding in that bag?
Add to that the odd present that they may have occasionally stumbled across (no matter how well I think they’re hidden) and I it’s going to be difficult to make sure they still believe. I used to have a huge array of excuses and I successfully deflected any non-believing for years. It’s a Mum thing, or at least it is in this house as Mr Frugal is banned from answering questions like this as his answers are ridiculous! 😉
And finally, the magic of Christmas is not some jolly old man who brings presents. I find it odd that so many people are saying that Christmas is ruined and it makes me a little bit sad that they think that.
Stick around over the next 8 weeks or so and you’ll see what makes Christmas magical to us…..
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Paypal have issued a statement now advising that they’ll only show the advert after 9pm and it seems that they’ve deleted a good few of the complaints on there according to what people are saying.