A mother in Plymouth, England, is saying she was scolded on the internet after she dared to refer to Santa Claus as “Father Christmas.” She was soon told the mystical luminary should be “seen as gender neutral.”
“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,” said the unnamed mother, according to the Plymouth Herald. “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,” she added, “and don’t really want to raise him saying ‘Father Christmas’ if it’s hurtful to some.”
While the original post — and its responses — have not been publicly shown, according to Fox News, other Facebook users were quick to respond to the backlash the mother faced.
“Seriously!” one user wrote in response. “He’s a guy, quite clearly a guy. I would have bitten back by calling him St. Nicholas, to be honest. The clue’s in the name, Nicholas not Nicola.”
“Glad my kids grew up knowing Father Christmas is based on St Nick … a man!” wrote another. “All for personal identities and encourage it, but come on! How messed up is this world we live in?”
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