Mum shamed for calling Santa ‘Father Christmas’ instead of using gender neutral term

A MUM has revealed how she was shamed for using the name “Father Christmas” – as the term “isn’t gender neutral”.

The woman said she was slammed in a Facebook group for not calling him Santa Claus instead.

The woman said she has been left feeling “on edge” after getting criticised after joining in a discussion about a children’s book.


shared how the mum 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 really want to raise him saying ‘Father Christmas’ if it’s hurtful to some.”

Many people were quick to leap to her defence, with one saying: “I am all for equality but where does this stupidity stop?”

Another added: “Santa is so American, Father Christmas here and will always be Father Christmas.”

And one joked: “It is Father Christmas, we are English not American! This gender neutral stuff is way out of hand.”

However, one commented: “I must be the only one who hates ‘Father Christmas’, I much prefer ‘Santa/Santa Claus,’ plus it’s easier for littlies to say.”