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Have you heard of ‘Paternatalophobie’? This French word means a general or irrational fear of Santa Claus. It is known in English as ‘Santa Claustrophobia’.

Have you heard of Santa Claustrophobia?

Paternatalophobie’ is French for ‘Santa Claustrophobia‘.

The irrational fear of the Père Noël is often found with little children aged less than 5.

A child shows its fear of Santa in places where he or she encounters the folkloric character.

The child cries, screams, refuses to get closer to him and even less to sit on his lap in the mall.

The reasons of this fear is often found in the impressive appearance of the big tall man.

His face is partially hidden behind a white long beard and white hair.

Its deep voice can also be frightening as are his fat belly and red coat with white collar and cuffs!

Find out more about the Santa Claus in France.


Gems of Paris by French Moments
About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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