Santa probably isn’t real

(source: SpellingMistakesCostLives.com/Santa)

The advertising battle in the imaginary friend space heated up this week.

Firstly the NZ Athiest Campaign kicked up a bit of a fuss and got some nice editorial coverage when they announced they would replicate a campaign from the UK, running ads on the side of buses with the message: “There’s probably no God. Now, stop worrying and enjoy your life”.

Not to be outdone rival organisation St. Matthews in the City hit back with their own funny/controversial billboard showing Mary and Joseph in bed, apparently in an effort to “inspire people to talk about the Christmas story”.

Santa, the most widely believed-in imaginary friend amongst the younger demographic, has been conspicuous in his absence from this debate.  Although, this hasn’t stopped a grinch-y academic from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia claiming today that his obesity, speeding and drinking makes him a bad role model (presumably parents would be better, eh?)

The billboard above, via @gnat, is very funny, but is possibly too subtle to get much cut through with kids.  I wonder if a message directly targeting them would be more successful?  A variation on the atheists’ message, suggested by @rowsell, does the trick nicely I think:

“Santa probably isn’t real, so why not relax and be naughty”

Excellent. :-)

However, if you’re one of those parents who prefers hypocrisy to cynicism, remember, Santa knows if you tell lies!

2 thoughts on “Santa probably isn’t real”

  1. Always good to see a healthy debate.

    Smiling at the ‘spelling mistakes cost lives’ related post with a misspelling of Joseph in the nzherald link. /pethate – one of the reasons I gave up and went with Jo.

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