Admit it – you wore one. It might have sported Santa head appliques. Or maybe it included sparkling faux gemstone detailing. If you were really stylish, it could even have had real jingle bells attached!
I’m talking, of course, about the ubiquitous “ugly Christmas sweater.” All joking aside, I didn’t have one – I had two!
And, they’re back. This December, super stylish women everywhere will be celebrating the holiday at irreverent Ugly Christmas Sweater- themed parties. According to The Washington Post style writer Maura Judkis, “For at least 10 years, grown adults have been trotting up light-up Rudolph sweaters, or hand-knitted Christmas tree abominations for laughs.” And the more stylish the attendee, the more fun it is to wear such a… colorful … item!
In fact, the Ugly Christmas Sweater has become a beloved holiday cultural phenomenon not just in the US, but the world over (think of Ron Weasley and his annual hand-knit Christmas “jumper” in the Harry Potter series). Or, Colin Firth’s unfortunate sweater in Bridget Jones’s Diary. And, it was actually a group of Canadian merrymakers who officially laid claim to hosting the first Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.
Wherever the tradition originated, both the Ugly Christmas Sweater and the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party are here to stay. If you need some inspiration for an upcoming party, look no further than Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater — a delightful new book by Anne Marie Blackman and Brian Clark Howard released just this week.
The laugh-out-loud funny book features more than 200 full-color photos of people (and pets) rocking hilariously awful Christmas sweaters, accompanied by imaginative captions. Categories include festive fun, vintage ugly, homemade hits and misses, pet photos, Hanukkah and Kwanza get-ups, and more. Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater is available Amazon, Powells, Barnes & Noble and more.
Or maybe you need your own ugly sweater for an upcoming holiday fete? Visit MyUglyChristmasSweater.com for a selection of seriously (seriously!) awful sweaters with fringe, 3-D sweaters and even (I kid you not) light-up ugly Christmas sweaters!
On the site, you might also want to take a minute and upload your own photos of tacky holiday memories to share with a growing community of ugly appreciators. And then again… maybe not!
The folks at Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater have graciously sponsored a giveaway of the new Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater book for 3 lucky readers at Susan Said… WHAT?!
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Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!, Success Won’t Wait! and Have the Best Christmas EVER!