A ROW has been going on in Newton Aycliffe in County Durham about whether a woman could play Santa Claus in this year’s Christmas parade.
It’s that time of year again when lots of people are dressing up as Father Christmas for charity events, plays and parades all over the world – but should Santa Claus always be a male role? Great Aycliffe Town Council says yes, after putting the issue to a vote.
The argument began after a woman from Newton Aycliffe offered to take on the role of Father Christmas in the town’s Santa Claus charity parade.
But, one of the town’s councillors argued against women performing as Father Christmas in the parade. The councillor told The Times newspaper: “I have no issue with a Mrs Claus. But Santa Claus being a man is a longheld tradition accepted by the vast majority of society.”
Great Aycliffe Town Council’s Recreation Committee decided to vote on whether or not the traditionally male role should be made available to women. Councillors voted against the idea last Wednesday and released this statement: “The Recreation Committee confirmed by resolution that the role of Santa Claus should continue to be a male role.”
News of the vote has since hit newspapers and social media and became a nationwide gender debate, with some people arguing that men or women should be able to act as Santa Claus at official events.
What do you think?
Ho ho ho!