Survey claims nearly 30% of Americans think Santa Claus should be female or gender neutral

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Posted at 3:12 PM, Dec 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 15:13:28-05

A new survey on how to change the image of Santa Claus has the nation talking.

This survey took respondents from the U.S. and the U.K., asking them to suggest changes to St. Nick's image. Once those suggestions were tallied, 4,000 people were asked to weigh in on them.

In the survey, nearly 30% of Americans said Santa Claus should be female or gender neutral.

But ho-ho-hold on a minute. When we look closer, only 514 people weighed in on the issue in the USA, which means we are only talking about 150 people in a country of more than 300 million.

The study did offer some more subtle changes to Father Christmas as well. Respondents were given the option to give Santa an iPhone, have him use a hoverboard, make him more of a hipster, and other things like that.

However in each category, more than 55% of the respondents thought nothing should be changed about Santa.

The origin of Santa Claus goes all the way back to the third century. He is based off of a monk named St. Nicholas, who looked like this:

We aren't saying Santa's image can never be modified, we're just saying that 30% of Americans don't necessarily want to change Santa's gender.

To see the survey in its entirety, click here.

For more on GraphicSpring's idea of what Santa could look like, click here.