Unraveling the history of the ugly holiday sweater
Unraveling the history of the ugly holiday sweater Are you wearing a tacky holiday sweater this year? (TheUglySweaterShop/Cooking Cinderella/Flickr)
Unraveling the history of the ugly holiday sweater
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Spending quality time with family and drinking cider by the fire. Playing Secret Santa. All of these activities encourage getting into the festive holiday mood. So does taking out your ugly Christmas sweaters. You might be really lucky. You might get to show off your tackiest at an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. 

Ugly Christmas sweaters have emerged with newfound public acceptance. They're no longer creations made by craft store-obsessed grandmas. They aren't foisted upon family members only to wind up at a thrift store. They've become a cultural meme. They're filled to the brim with an eggnog-sized cup of irony. Even celebrities are in on the action. To capitalize on the sweaters' popularity, a market has sprung up around this wintertime phenomenon. There are ugly sweater books. There's a 5K race and trophies. All of these celebrate the Santa face plastered across your chest.

The gaudy sweaters are harder to come by due to their increasing popularity. This is especially true in thrift stores. It was once typically easy to purchase the best (I mean, worst) option at thrift stores. And who really wants to buy a full-priced light-up snowman sweater that'll be worn only once a year?

One option is to shop eBay's collection of ugly Christmas sweaters. You may find yourself bidding on a pre-worn gaudy pullover.

Another option is to make a sweater from scratch. This DIY approach is a labor of love. It embraces a time when the off-the-rack, last minute tactic wasn't an option.

Men, women and children have been channeling the holiday spirit through sweaters for decades. They are adorned with snowflakes. They feature reindeer and Christmas trees. The garishness reached new heights in the '80s and '90s. 

Back in the '40s and '50s, a touch of graphic flashiness was essential to a genuine holiday pullover. Grab your vintage holiday sweater-knitting patterns from Etsy, and they Ugly Christmas Sweater Party invitation on your refrigerator. Now is just the right time to pull out your knitting needles and make something wonderfully ugly.

Any holiday sweaters catch your eye this season?

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/unraveling-history-ugly-holiday-sweater/

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Why do you think the tradition of the ugly holiday sweater made a comeback?
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  • Eva-E2
    12/13/2019 - 10:54 a.m.

    a ugly sweater tradition is no more. it may come back. I really like thise atacloe . becus
    e it is abuot christmas

  • Lucy-E2
    12/13/2019 - 11:33 a.m.

    because people can't have enough of the ugly sweater tradition!!! i think this article is about how people just stop wearing ugly sweaters. Question why do we where them on one day of the year?

  • Viola-E2
    12/13/2019 - 11:51 a.m.

    This article was about ugly sweater history and how their popularity is increasing.
    I think this article was really good! Like, way better than newspaper articles and better than some of the other articles. FuN.

  • Rachel-E2
    12/13/2019 - 12:23 p.m.

    This article was about ugly Christmas Sweaters. It is pretty funny that they have a race with ugly Christmas Sweaters. I like the tradition of wearing them at Christmas. I'm also surprised that they are so popular.

  • Alma-E2
    12/16/2019 - 11:46 a.m.

    unraveling the history of ugly sweaters is about how ugly sweaters have become popular again. ugly sweaters used to be easy to buy but that everybody is buying them it has become more difficult.I don't really wear ugly sweaters. They're okay but I don't really like them.

  • Edileh-E2
    12/16/2019 - 12:31 p.m.

    I really enjoyed this article because, as irony as it sounds, my grandma actually sends me christmas sweaters every year. (not ugly sweaters) They always have our names on them. My parents have never knitted a stitch in their life. This was a very relatable article.

  • 26njsara
    12/17/2019 - 10:22 a.m.

    It was a meme and kids now like memes. But also meme are a good way to express your self with how you feel.

  • 26baketc
    12/17/2019 - 10:26 a.m.

    I think it came back because it's now a fun thing to do for some family's. And it's also something fun to do on Christmas Eve

  • 26nrcart
    12/17/2019 - 10:26 a.m.

    Because It is fun to see how creative people can be with decorating their sweaters. I do this to and I do it because it is a fun friend and family thing.

  • 26ehprin
    12/17/2019 - 10:29 a.m.

    I think that the tradition of ugly sweaters came backaround because, like the article said, they are very festive. Some sweaters are also so ugly that hey are cute and funny!

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