For those of you who are not up to speed on this new Christmas staple called ugly Christmas sweaters, you are probably wondering “what in the world is going on?”. Yes, it’s easy to understand why you would react that way. I’m sure we all did at some point, or at least got a good chuckle when you saw someone wearing one for the first time. Either way I’m sure you need answers so here’s the story.
For years sweater manufacturers have been churning out monstrosities of holiday cheer, and for years people have either worn them with holiday joy or gasped in horror and tossed their new sweater in the closet hoping never to find it again.
What has come to be known as the ugly Christmas sweater became very big in the 1980’s, yet at that time people wore them because they were genuinely enjoying the festivity of the season, and, quite literally, wearing their Christmas spirit on their sleeves.
In time, the extremely gaudy designs faded out of style, and those old hideous sweaters found their way into Goodwill stores and local thrift shops all across the nation. Manufacturers looked for less audacious, simpler and cuter designs for their Christmas sweaters and the old horrors of the past were long forgotten – for a while!
The story goes that in 2001 a few college buddies in Canada got the excellent idea to throw a Christmas party where party-goers would don the most outrageously ugly Christmas sweater. It was a hit. The ugly Christmas sweater party was born, and it spread from there.
Now, the time had come for the old ugly Christmas sweaters of the past to come back with a new purpose. No longer were they be a thing to be avoided, but something to be cherished and sought after. The uglier the sweater the better, and there is generally a prize for the person who wears the most outrageous sweater at most parties.
As the ugly Christmas sweater party spread across the world, corporations, community organizations, and schools began hosting their own shindigs. Thrift stores everywhere were inundated with people searching for ancient Christmas sweater relics, and they sold out fast. In fact, finding one at a thrift store these days can be pretty near impossible, especially in the late fall and early winter.
It is safe to say that this movement has become blindingly popular as celebrities, tv hosts and news anchors all seem to have gotten on board and sport their most terrible Christmas sweaters for all to see.
However, that does not mean that the ugly Christmas sweater is going anywhere. No, far from it. I think it is safe to say that these themed parties are far too fun to be disappearing anytime soon. Corporations have found that these parties are a far superior, and more popular, option than the old, stuffy corporate Christmas parties of the past. It allows employees a chance to relax, unwind and laugh with their colleagues with whom they spend so much time being serious. The same goes for social groups, colleges, community organizations and schools.
Ugly Christmas sweater parties are just too much fun, and they are likely to get bigger before they get smaller.
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