Posten, the mail delivery system of Norway, has produced an annual Holiday greeting since 2019. This year, the organization celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Scandinavian nation’s decriminalization of homosexuality with a short Christmas film about a man falling in love with Santa titled When Harry Met Santa.
One magical Christmas Eve, Harry discovers Santa’s visit to his house and they exchange longing glances. He continues to look for Santa each year. Santa returns, but his visits are always brief. During one, Santa declares: “You snore. I’ll be back next year.”
The next year, Santa returns and says: “I’ve got many gifts to deliver. I’ll be back next year. Do I look nice?“
More Christmas Eves follow. Some sort of tragedy befalls Harry (we see him breaking down in tears). With each Christmas Eve, Harry eagerly anticipating the arrival of Santa, if only for a brief time, and Santa just as keen to revisit Harry. One night, Harry decides that once a year is not enough; he writes to Santa at the North Pole to say so. Then, one holiday, Santa lingers a while, saying he has more time to spend with Harry because he now has delivery help from Posten. Then, they kiss. Swoon!
The final caption reads:
“In 2022, it will be 50 years since it became legal to love whomever you want in Norway.”
Posten says that diversity is important. The postal service stated that it is a diverse workplace with great variations of age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and ethnicity:
“Everyone should feel welcome, seen, heard, and included. This year’s Christmas ad embraces this. It has been a dark year for everyone. A global pandemic, code red for our planet, the 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 whoever we want in Norway, despite everything bad that happens around the world.”
Watch, and have a tissue ready: