Why does Santa have a beard but not Mrs Claus?

A beard might come in handy if ever Father Christmas got in a fight.

18th December 2015
Why does Santa have a beard but not Mrs Claus? (iStock)

Asked by: BBC Focus Magazine

Men grow facial hair because 
of the stimulatory effects of male hormones like testosterone. Professor Paul Sherman of Cornell University believes that it is likely that a beard’s colour and texture played a role in ‘sexual selection’, meaning beards were useful 
for attracting mates or intimidating 
rivals. A beard could cushion a man’s 
face against blows in a fight and hide scars from previous fights.

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