Dec 16, 2022 -The Wonders of Ugly Christmas Sweater Day


Ah, Ugly Christmas Sweater Day — an annual tradition that has been around for decades and continues to bring joy and laughter every holiday season to people of all ages. It’s celebrated on the third Friday of December each year and is an opportunity for people to get creative and flaunt their most outrageous holiday apparel. 

While it may sound like an odd tradition, it’s widely embraced and enjoyed by many countries around the world, not just the United States. But what is the point of wearing something so ugly? And why do we celebrate Ugly Christmas Sweater Day? 

Celebrating Ugly Christmas Sweater Day 

Wearing ugly sweaters during the holidays gained popularity in the 80s, getting inspiration from The National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. People enjoyed wearing them to be festive and fun, but it didn’t become an official holiday party event until the early 2000’s when it was first celebrated in Vancouver, Canada. It was a hit and continued from there. 

It’s typically celebrated by hosting parties or going out for drinks or dinner with friends, all wearing hideous sweaters. Families wear matching ugly Christmas sweaters on Christmas morning, and there are ugly Christmas sweater contests galore in offices and schools. 

You can make your own ugly sweater masterpiece by choosing a sweater you want to decorate, then attaching items using glue, hooks, and thread. The options are endless:

  • Fabric paint 
  • Buttons 
  • Glitter 
  • Sequins 
  • Bells 
  • Christmas ornaments 
  • Pom-poms
  • Candy canes
  • Tinsel
  • Paper snowflakes
  • Christmas lights

Ugly Christmas sweaters can even be found in department stores, ready to wear. And what’s not to love about a cozy sweater? So snuggle into an ugly Christmas sweater, get comfy by the fire with some hot cocoa, and enjoy a classic holiday movie. Some popular ones to enjoy are:

  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • It’s a Wonderful Life 
  • A Christmas Carol 
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 
  • A Christmas Story
  • Home Alone
  • Elf

People enjoy going all out in creating quirky, over-the-top designs to express their personality and sense of humor. It’s also referred to as Ugly Sweater Day and has become a beloved part of the holiday season and allows people to come together and celebrate the joy of the holidays.

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