The ugliest sweater party

This is the first place winner in an ugly sweater contest. Life is so cruel!

This is the first place winner in an ugly sweater contest. Life is so cruel!

Over the weekend I read about a new fundraiser in the local paper. It was the ugliest sweater party. You paid to attend a dinner dance but you had to wear an ugly sweater. I was imagining some of those creepy argyle sweaters or maybe something multicolored. But no!

There in one of the photos was a picture of one of my Christmas sweaters — my red bedazzled, sparkly holiday sweater!

How could this be? My beloved seasonal sweater went to a party without me. Not just any party but an ugly sweater party and won first prize!

I have a box of Christmas sweaters. Some are bejeweled and some have tassels that dance as I walk. (No, not there!) One even has bells so you can track my movements. It’s better than a GPS! There is a reindeer sweater and one with Santa and a sack of gifts that goes down past my butt. It looks wonderful over black velvet pants. There must be eight or nine sweaters in all.

My favorite Santa sweater. Wonderful over velvet pants.

My favorite Santa sweater. Wonderful over velvet pants.

Each one was lovingly selected, when they were on sale of course. Not only are they out of style but they are considered ugly. How can you call a Santa with a really fuzzy beard and eyes that light up ugly? Tacky maybe, ugly no!

It’s true that I haven’t added to the collection in years. I haven’t seen any worthy of my collection. I did get a sweatshirt with a snowman on it last year but that doesn’t really count.

Goofy sweaters are another way to break up the winter.  For a fleeting moment, you could dress up in stuff you wouldn’t wear any other time and feel festive. Then you pack them up for next year.

Come on, I can’t be alone. I bet some of you have holiday sweaters that rival my prize winner. ‘fess up! And don’t throw them out. I bet they are worth $$.

33 thoughts on “The ugliest sweater party

  1. Am in lust with the Santa sweater…black tights…little black flats…sigh…could you Fedex it?

    Reminds me of Bridget Jone’s Diary when Colin First is running around the holiday party in, was it a reindeer sweater the Brits call a jumper his mum gave him?

    Had a much needed good morning giggle, so thanks for that.

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  2. I have lots of ugly sweaters that I wear. Just none with holiday themes. Maybe I should broaden my horizons. Lately, I have been into zip up sweatshirts of many colors. The hood is always handy for cold neck moments. I have not seen any holiday themed sweats. But, I don’t shop which explains the many ugly sweaters that I am still wearing.

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  3. I think that someone who can wear a holiday sweater with Santa eyes that light up is someone confident, someone self-assured…someone who grabs the reindeer by the horns and takes charge! I don’t have any holiday sweaters, but I’m sorely tempted to get one with naughty reindeer…don’t look too closely, it’s X rated http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=reindeer+humping+sweater&qpvt=reindeer+humping+sweater&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=E5664B6CE1CFE94172D289BB203B4C29B55A0D64&selectedIndex=4

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  4. Let’s see…do I have this right?  A party,  a gathering to determine the ugliest sweater????  That is just wrong!  Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.  And perhaps if more of us subscribed to that thought, we could get rid of such a negative thing.  The ugliest sweater, indeed!  Oh and by the way, I don’t think that winner is ugly…Too bad all those negative Nellies can’t just enjoy the beauty as seen through someone elses eyes.  I love my seasonal sweaters. 

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  5. Sad to say I don’t own an ugly sweater, but I do love them on other people. They look so cheerful. A little cheer is not a bad thing. I will look for an ugly sweater tomorrow and it will have to go with black velvet slacks. 🙂

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  6. I’ve never had a holiday sweater– ugly or beautiful. I’m much too much of a plain jane to feel comfortable wearing one. However, if that is what you want to wear– have at it. Whatever gets your jingle on is fine by me.

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  7. I don’t have enough holiday sweaters. I wish I had more. We should start a backlash against people calling our sweaters ugly. This campaign against holiday sweaters reminds me of a similar one against fruitcakes. It was so successful that even the good fruitcakes seem to have disappeared. (My mother made a fantastic fruitcake.)

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  8. Two comments — have you read MFK Fisher? I’m reading a collection of hers right now. You sometimes remind me of her….

    Also, about ugly sweaters… This month I’m attending a celebration for the recently elected NH Poet Laureate and asked her, “What does one generally wear to December cocktail parties in New Hampshire?” No matter what people generally do, for her party she would prefer people wear really nice attire, specifying (because evidently people do wear them unless they’re told not to?), “no ugly sweaters/sweatshirts.”

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    • Not familiar with Fisher but you can be sure I will look her up to see if it’s a compliment!

      So would you like to borrow my dangly Christmas ball earrings? They have glitter all over them which occasionally gets into your food.

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      • It’s a compliment. She’s sassy, and quite brilliant. What I adore about her is, she has the courage to tell it the way she sees it.

        I love glitter but have never eaten it–sounds daring! Which means I’m in. Yes.

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  9. Hahaha . . . aah! I gave all my ugly sweaters to Goodwill when I moved to Florida . . . to give them a chance to win FIRST prize at an Ugly Sweater Party. Now, when I wish to be festive, I wear a bright red sweater over a green top or a heather green sweater over a bright red top. And pin on a tiny Christmas tree.

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  10. I do not own even one festive sweater, but that probably has more to do with living in south Texas than my lack of tackiness or frivolity. I do, however, own a Halloween dress, covered in sequined pumpkins and ghosts, so I guess maybe that counts? No Santa sweaters or elf-bedecked sweaters for me, but I always enjoy seeing what comes out of people’s closets when the holiday season approaches. Fuzzy beards and twinkling eyes included.

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  11. You know that I can rival you with my collection and because I still work, I add to it every year! What’s Christams without a festive sweater, t-shirt or sweatshirt?!!!!!! Tis the season!

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