National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
A colorful, bold, and often embarrassing novelty Christmas sweater lurks in many people’s closets. It would likely never see the light if it wasn’t for National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.
It’s amazing that something so horrible can also be loved. What are these silly little dogs that have smushed faces?! Fine! These shoes are so comfortable and cute! Dandy! Ugly Christmas sweaters…
While the English language does not have a word for something that is both beautiful and deeply cherished, other languages have. It’s called busakawa in Japanese. In French, it’s jolie laide. The idea is that some things in life are so ugly that they are beautiful.
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day celebrates those items that are so ugly everyone loves them!
The 1950s saw the rise of the “Jingle Bell Sweater”, which was one of the first ways the holiday season became commercially viable in the United States. Television personalities wore the ugly sweater a lot during these days, complete with fancy designs. Andy Williams and Val Doonican were two of the first to bring festively decorated sweaters into popularity, but they soon disappeared again.
It was a while before sweaters saw another boom. In the 1980s, the ugly sweater was a very popular statement in television and film, worn by characters like Clark Griswold (from National Lampoon‚Äôs Christmas Vacation) and Bill Huxtable (from The Cosby Show).
In the 1990s, ugly sweaters fell back into obscurity. Bridget Jones’ Diary’s 2001 release made things even more interesting. The film’s star, Colin Firth, featured Mark Darcy in a ridiculous ugly reindeer sweater. This was called a “jumper”, in British movies. It may have been responsible to the revival of the trend in early 2000s.
Regardless of the reason, ugly sweaters are back in fashion and are more popular than ever. Ugly Christmas Sweater Day celebrates all types of ugly sweaters, including those worn by your grandma, mass-produced ugly sweaters featuring jokes from movies like Rudolph or A Christmas Story, and even custom-made sweaters.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Day was created by two Canadian men. Ugly Christmas Sweater Day and ugly sweater parties have been widely accepted in many contexts. They have also generated many donations for various charitable causes.
Officially proclaimed in 2012 by the Mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson, this annual celebration is not simply an excuse to parade humiliatingly-unfashionable seasonal knitwear featuring Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman; it can also be a light-hearted and enjoyable fundraising event.
If you want to celebrate National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day then gather your friends and colleagues and start a day of shaming everyone with ugly Christmas Sweaters. Are you looking for ways to celebrate Ugly Christmas Sweater Day in a fun and festive way? These are some festive and fun plans for the day.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is, of course, all about the ugly sweaters and jumpers. You can either borrow one from your friend, take one out of grandpa‚Äôs closet, or find one in the bottom of an old trunk. No matter where it came from, the best part about celebrating this holiday is wearing an ugly sweater. Don’t forget to tell your friends and coworkers so they can also celebrate this day!
You can make sugar cookies that look like sweaters. Make a batch of sugar cookies, then bake them. Let them cool. You can use store-bought frosting or make your own. Make a variety of colors. It’s fun to decorate them in ridiculous and silly ways for Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.
You can enjoy Ugly Christmas Sweater Day by making sure that there aren’t any other sweaters like yours. You can choose a slightly ugly sweater, then add tacky, hideous and horrible items to it.
You can choose an ugly Christmas sweater day theme such as one of these:
You can also buy a pre-decorated sweater from the rack starting in October and lasting until the end. You can also save money by buying a sweater on sale in January, so you don’t have to worry about it being discontinued.
An Ugly Sweater Auction is a fun activity to do for Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. You can invite everyone to bring their worst sweaters and others to bid on having them taken off. It is amazing how much people will pay to stop a grisly attack on their eyes!
The rules may include a counterbid from people who want the sweaters to remain. This is in the interest of tormenting friends and coworkers the rest of the day.
If a group of creative people is able to make a sweater, an actual auction can be organized early in the season. People can bring their holiday designs and have them auctioned off in a silent sale. Proceeds will be donated to charity of your choice. The winners get to wear their new-acquired ugly items to their next holiday event. It’s a win/win situation!
Some people may wonder what is considered “ugly” on this silly day. It’s a rollicking day where almost anything can be done that offends both common sense and good taste.
It’s important to customize. It’s possible to take a basic item (like a sweatshirt) and make it into something spectacular. Even the most mundane, unfestive shirts can be transformed into a work of art with a hot glue gun. art.
The more bizarre, the better. You can always count on glitter and sequins to add that extra touch. You can also go all out with a battery-powered light-up garment (like Rudolph’s red nose), which gives you an edge over the rest.
Accessory add style. Sometimes, ugly sweater events are judged more than the merits of each sweater. A Santa hat or Reindeer horn can make a marginally ugly sweater into a stunning display of merry-ness.