The holidays have officially arrived, and love it or hate it, there is one thing you can rely on this time of year– getting your inbox flooded with e-vites to Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties. This tradition once celebrated only by demi-domestics who host ‘Friendsgiving’ shindigs and their malt chugging family of head-to-toe vintage friends has now spread to the mainstream and professional spheres.
Workplaces that aim to connect to employees in a fun non-offensive manner may opt for an ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ theme for the end-of-year holiday party. Non-religious and silly, ugly Christmas sweaters challenge workers to let their guard down, swig back some eggnog, and bond with their turtleneck and pine tree knit-donning counterparts. Your boss wears a light-up Rudolph sweater and you’re in your glittery kittens in Christmas presents pullover, and somehow all is good and joyful. Just avoid the mistletoe– it may result in an uncomfortable Monday morning in the break room.
Yuppies, Greek Society kids, and church-goers have also recently caught on to this trend. Though you might find wine and cheese, beer pong, and homemade lemon bars at these celebrations, respectively, the simple American way remains present. Vintage Christmas sweaters allow us to revert back to a less-threatening time when we were innocent and unaware that puffy paint and snowflake motifs were a tad tacky; back to a time when Christmas was excitedly anticipated rather than reluctantly so. Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties, as ‘on the road to clichédom’ as they are, have become a new American tradition being adopted by a diverse population pining for the past.
With the trend spreading like good Christmas cheer, you’d be wise to start digging through the dusty trunk in the attic or scan your local good charity thrift store sooner than later. You don’t want to be the one who can’t find a sweater ugly enough and shows up to the party looking like you’re too cool to be a Christmas fool.