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To be mildly, very mildly, miffed by this advert?

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FlyingPirates Tue 25-Oct-11 22:20:55

And yes, this is petty, and no this is not all I have to worry about! grin

Was sitting in traffic at commute time (as in, the time people would have picked up their DC's from nursery/day care/cm and be driving home with them in the car) and a advert omes on the radio.

It was about I want such and such for Christmas, who is going to get it for me...Mummy! And how lovely Mummy was for getting it for them hmm (It was a song and cant remember the exact words) Then a little speil about how if we dont want to disapoint our darling children at Christmas then we can buy them what they want at cheap prices/ with this amazing deal.

Basically, I was a little annoyed that it was revealing to the DC that the fat man does not exist. Sure this is fine for older children but for children travelling home at that time who are young enough to still believe it could cause some awkward questions!

(And I know everyone does not celebrate Christmas/perpetuate the red man myth, but we do so I was a little bit annoyed!)

AIBU to think they could promote their Christmas goods without revealing the secret behind the magic for many young children?

(And even more annoyingly, I was miffed and thinking this over so I cant even remember that bloody company that was advertising!! angry)

chicletteeth Tue 25-Oct-11 22:23:34

Depends how you portray father christmas through doesn't it?

I know people who say they buy the gifts but that FC delivers them- however, the stocking is from him and him alone.

Dunno really, my DS aged 6 doesn't believe at all, my other two are too young not too.

And oh yeah, I don't listen to shite radio in the car either grin

Maisiethemorningsidecat Tue 25-Oct-11 22:25:53

I got miffed at this advert too - not because it was about Mummy getting the presents, but because the kids sounded whiney and bratty and didn't always pronounce their t's. Which is beginning to annoy me more and more as I'm becoming an old codger.

FlyingPirates Tue 25-Oct-11 22:26:22

True. And TBH I am not THAT miffed about it. Our line is that we buy the big presents and a few selected small presents are from Father Christmas. I guess my oldest is coming up to that age where he will ask and I will have to have the ok you've got us but dont tell the little ones conversation and am dreading that little lost bit of innocence.

FlyingPirates Tue 25-Oct-11 22:26:58

Maisie - do you remember who it was for? I am racking my brains but have come up with nil.

nickschic Tue 25-Oct-11 22:27:27


I know the advert its a rap advert with a whiney child singing my luffly mother then a vomit inducing 'rap' I detest this advert.

nickschic Tue 25-Oct-11 22:27:42

cash generators.

FlyingPirates Tue 25-Oct-11 22:28:02

I wasnt worried about the Mummy bit, just the 'parents buy the presents, not FC' bit

squeakyfreakytoy Tue 25-Oct-11 22:28:56

I think children should know from the earliest possible age that Father Christmas only delivers the presents.

Merrylegs Tue 25-Oct-11 22:29:14

Yes. Yes! DD and I had just this conversation - we heard it on KISS (the only station the DCs will listen to hmm) and it's for Littlewoods - goes something like

'Who put the Xbox under the tree/ who put the laptop on Grandma's knee?/ My mummy!'

DD (11) and I were like shock.

'Well that's just killed the spirit of Christmas' were DD's words - sure she's sussed when it comes to Santa, but it was the grasping nature of the whole thing we found really crass.

Plus this kid's list of electronical gadgetry was as long as your arm - and mummy was going to get it all apparently. Hurrah!

AgentZigzag Tue 25-Oct-11 22:29:28

Arf at very mildly miffed grin

Bring on some genuine outrage and you might get yourself a fight get more answers grin

FlyingPirates Tue 25-Oct-11 22:31:52

<starts new thread>

AIBU to be shocked and appalled and mortified and shaking with rage with this advert that has ruined Christmas for my family?

Maisiethemorningsidecat Tue 25-Oct-11 22:37:48

That's it - Littlewoods! It irritates me so much that I wasn't really paying attention. I also remember thinking that our DCs wouldn't buy into the ad, because there is no way on this earth that Mummy would spend the many hundreds of pounds that they obviously do in very annoying Rapland (geddit?!)

nickschic Tue 25-Oct-11 22:38:23

Its Littlewoods??? omg Ive directed my wrath at cash generators lol.

AgentZigzag Tue 25-Oct-11 22:43:34

Much better title FP grin

And I would of course answer -

'Is that all you have to worry about in your life?'

'Shouldn't this be in the Christmas section?'

and perhaps even,

'You think that's bad, my DCs killed FC last year'


YANBU though, anyone who fucks with Christmas should be forced to endure 24 hours of continuous Bazza Manilow at full volume.

Maisiethemorningsidecat Tue 25-Oct-11 22:46:14

Yes, and it can be viewed it all it's dubious glory here thanks to the wonder of Youtube grin

vanimal Tue 25-Oct-11 22:55:37

Argh, I hate this advert too, but because mummy has a list of things as long as your arm to buy!

MyDDs are only aged 2 and 4, and are not the least bit bothered by presents. I hate that this advert makes them think that Christmas is all about materialism and presents - and I'm not even Christian! Grrr!

<adjusts Scrooge hat>

MrBloomsNursery Tue 25-Oct-11 22:59:14

They actually say "mother"..not "mummy"

I'm appalled by the tv advert - watched the long version. I know they want to appeal to a particular market but why chav up the pronounciations of the kids - my muvver??

Also voice over telling everyone that you can spread the payments and make life easier, but hey, don't forget to buy some random uncle a smart phone, and treat your other half to a designer watch.....

FruitChute Tue 25-Oct-11 23:16:57

It wouldn't bother me. Santa gets whatever dd asks him for when she visits him and her stocking. Me and dh get her the rest. I thought it would be difficult to explain why gp, aunts and uncles etc got her stuff and we didn't if we said everything was from santa.

Pixel Wed 26-Oct-11 00:13:11

Well it wouldn't have spoilt anything for my dcs as they've always known that Father Christmas only fills the stockings (and they are quite small stockings, not pillowcases), but it is still a truly horrible advert. I'll make sure I don't buy anything from Littlewoods for Christmas now - that'll larn 'em! wink

DesperatelySeekingPomBears Wed 26-Oct-11 10:34:41

Isn't it paraphrasing an existing song? 'My Brother' by Terry Scott?

And isn't the pronunciation 'muvver' because in the original song it was sung with a heavy accent? 'My bruvver'?

And isn't it slightly more worrying that Littlewoods are encouraging parents who perhaps can't afford the best toys this christmas to get into masses of catalogue debt that they'll be paying off for 2 or 3 years, rather than getting our knickers in a twist about destroying the illusion of FC?

Surely your children think you get them SOME presents at christmas? Why would it be alarming for them to hear that 'their muvver' buys christmas gifts?!

KatAndKit Wed 26-Oct-11 10:50:04

I thought that kids generally receive some presents from the fat man, along side some presents that have been purchased by family and delivered by the fat man. Otherwise why say thankyou to Nanny and Grandad and aunties and uncles for their presents if the fat man did it all?

Back in the 80s, my mother, in a desperate attempt to get us three to behave between xmas and new year, said that the fat man did not work for free. He would be sending his invoice to daddy on New year's day, and if we hadn't been good, daddy wouldn't pay it and the fat man would come and get the presents back.

Magic of Christmas??!!

catgirl1976 Wed 26-Oct-11 10:51:44

I heard that too and I thought it was dreadful. Really grasping sounding kids.... bleurgh, not mention of Father Christmas. Horrible. I KNOW Christmas has turned into a big commercial spendfest and has been for ages, but I want to PRETEND it is magical and shiney.

catgirl1976 Wed 26-Oct-11 10:55:44

Oh and I REALLY hated the

"Mummy will be secretly racking up loads of catalogue debts just to keep up appearances at Christmas. Daddy doesn't know of course, he thinks the fairies sort everything out. IN fact - he will ask Mummy "What have we got my Dad then?" and think thats just fine. He only buys one present. Mummy's. If she's lucky it's a nice slow cooker! Yaay. Mummy will be having a nervous breakdown and turning to the gin in January when the bills come through, but still"

.....undertone it had.

Or that might just be me............

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