A newspaper has defended a front page headline that included the words "Santa is not real".
The Hull Daily Mail had an interview with a mother on Universal Credit who said she could not afford presents so had told her two children that Father Christmas did not exist.
One woman tweeted the story had "taken the magic away from kids this Christmas".
The paper said it was about the impact of benefits and "not about Santa".
Didn’t think the Hull Daily Mail would be a grinch at this time of the year, considering they write so an 8 year old can read it. Why would you headline there isn’t a Santa? You’ve taken the magic away from kids this Christmas. Shame— nickyb (@nickybrockwell1) December 21, 2018
Among criticism of the headline on social media, Graeme Wightman tweeted he managed to "remove delivered Hull Daily Mail from the doorstep from sight of my seven year old" and described it as a "Really poor strap line four days from Christmas even though [I] get the merits of the story itself."
@hulllive @hulldailymail managed to remove delivered hull daily mail from the doorstep from sight of my 7 year olds. Really poor strap line 4 days from Christmas even though get the merits of the story itself pic.twitter.com/I9xSSg2y4S— GraemeWightman (@LeadershipBond) December 21, 2018
Paul Tennison posted "Great move by @hulllive #hulldailymail for spoiling many families Christmas with today's front page. #mykidscanread #explainthat!."
A number of comments pointed out the irony of the headline having an advertisement for a shopping centre Christmas grotto underneath it with the line "Come and see Santa".
In a statement on its website, the Hull Daily Mail said the article was "a very sad story written to highlight the problems that people less fortunate than most are suffering with Universal Credit".
It added: "The headline doesn't say that Santa is not real, it says that one mother has chosen to tell her children that he isn't because of the desperate situation she faces."