A Plymouth woman has said she had been made to feel on edge as a survey which asks if the name Father Christmas should be modernised showed 15% of British people are in favour of a change.
Plymouth mum has explained how she’s been pulled into line for saying Father Christmas because the Father Christmas name is not gender-neutral.
The lady in question said she was shamed on a Facebook group for not referring to Father Christmas as Santa Claus.
Plymouth live reported that the unnamed parent with ridiculed on social media after discussing a children’s Christmas book. The word lady has said she’d been left feeling on edge since all the comments. Now hundreds of parents have logged on to share their views on the gender-neutral Father Christmas debate.
She said: “I’ve just been shamed [on a Facebook group] for using the name ‘Father Christmas’ and told that ‘Santa’ is now seen as gender-neutral.
“I was only referring to the book below [‘Father Christmas’ by Raymond Briggs], but it’s left me a little confused/on edge about what we are allowed to say.
“I have a small child and don’t want to raise him saying ‘Father Christmas’ if it’s hurtful to some.”
A survey has recently has asked to see if the Father Christmas name or Santa Claus name should be modernised.
According to the survey, more than 50% of the British people surveyed say an updated name should be used. One of the questions was asking how they could make Father Christmas more modern and bring him up to the current times. They were asked if Father Christmas should be male, female or gender-neutral.
Nearly 1 in 6 people wanted to change the name of Father Christmas.
However, across the pond in America, more than 20% of people surveyed called for a new approach.
This debate has been going on on Twitter and is still causing arguments on Facebook