A local post office in Cornwall has received high praise for its emotional Christmas advert, with fans of the short film saying that it’s ‘better than John Lewis’.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve witnessed big brands go head to head in a bid to launch festive campaigns that are as moving as they are memorable.
From Coca-Cola’s Christmas advert about a man’s desperate journey back home to his family to Amazon’s story of a young ballerina whose performance is cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, several companies have succeeded in catching us in the feels.
But some believe that one of this year’s best adverts comes from Bude Post Office, the local business’s short film telling the tale of two young girls unable to spend time with their grandmother due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The film opens with two young girls waving to their grandmother as they make their way to school, the gates located close to her front door.
After school, they rush to their grandmother’s house, where they bake together, blowing flour into the air as they mess around in the kitchen.
On a different day after school, the young girls are taken by their grandmother to the playground, while on another occasion, they play cards together at home.
However, following the closure of schools across England, the sisters have to remain at home, unable to see their grandmother as they usually would.
As the elderly woman is filmed looking forlornly out of the window, the sisters are shown sitting at home, seemingly bored without their grandmother’s company.
So their mother encourages them to write a letter to their grandmother, which helps to lift her spirits before she’s able to see her grandchildren in person again.
The short film ends with the tagline: ‘You’re never alone. From all of us at Bude Post Office.’
Since being shared on Facebook by the post office earlier this month, the video has garnered hundreds of reactions and comments, with numerous people praising the post office for its stirring advert.
‘Amazing! Crying my eyes out now! Well done Bude Post Office!’ one person said.
‘Love this. Best Christmas ad seen this year yet!’ another viewer said.
Someone else wrote that the short film made her cry, stating: ‘I’m a grandma too and miss being able to do those little things during this dreadful pandemic.’
‘Better than John Lewis any day,’ another Facebook user remarked.
Several people also thanked the workers of Bude Post Office for supporting the local community.
‘You really are an amazing post office. Such lovely people. Very helpful and caring,’ one person said.
‘Thank you for all you do for the local community. You are amazing!!’ another wrote.
The post office wrote a comment underneath the advert on Facebook saying that they were ‘overwhelmed’ by the support and views the short film has received.