PayPal Christmas Advert Causes Outrage After It Implies Santa Isn’t Real


A bunch of angry parents have accused PayPal of ruining Christmas after they aired an advert which appears to suggest that Santa Claus isn’t real.

The UK advertising watchdog has received 233 complaints from pissed off viewers, after they saw the UK campaign during the advert break of Saturday’s X-Factor.

The ad features two young brothers attempting to catch their parents bringing home presents, but they’re unable to do so as their parents have been using the online payment service PayPal to shop online.

It means that by Christmas Day, the tree is surrounded with gifts but the big man dressed in red is notable by his absence. Maybe PayPal doesn’t buy you a decent chimney which can accommodate a fat bloke?

The concept for the advert seems pretty sound, but it raised the ire of some parents who believe it suggests that parents buy all the gifts during December, which dispels the idea of Jolly Old Saint Nick.

Following the complaints, 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.