Ugly Christmas Sweaters
Firstly, let me point out the obvious – we are almost always behind on EVERYTHING! We live in China, where our main source of world news is Facebook (which we can only see when we have our VPN turned on). Imagine living life in a bubble… well, our bubble is China. We are sheltered off from almost everything new and “cool”, and for the most part, we love it. We do, however, miss the ordinary excitement that comes with all fads, because let’s face it, living in China, and getting excited about your local grocery stocking BUTTER, gets pretty old after a while. For me, at least!
The ugly sweater craze is HUGE in the States, and it has been for a while. Only last year did we even see ugly sweaters in H&M, and there was only ONE version! They are all about choices here… *sarcastic tone*
If you have been living under a rock (like us), and have’t yet purchases an ugly sweater, OR better yet, you don’t even know what/ why/ how someone would want to own one of these, then check out this website: Real Ugly Christmas Sweaters…
“The ugly Christmas sweater would still be nothing more than a long-forgotten piece of bad taste without the ugly Christmas sweater party.
These parties have not only given new life to old pieces of holiday monstrosity, they have made them quite trendy and exceptionally fun as well.
So much of the popularity of Halloween resides in the joy we all feel in to getting step outside of ourselves and our inhibitions, and be somebody else for a day. In costume we might find ourselves speaking, acting and thinking just a bit different. Perhaps some of our reservations go away when disguised as another, if only for a while.
This also is partly why the ugly Christmas sweater party has become so popular!
At an ugly Christmas sweater party we get to remove ourselves from the protocols and societal norms for a day. We get to let loose, take down all of the guards and just be…well… ridiculous. We all are ridiculous on some level, and to get to strut it around with pride makes everyone feel happy and accepted“
We actually bought our ugly sweaters LAST year, just after Christmas, and then put them away. We were both pretty excited to get them out this year, and finally have the chance to join the Ugly Sweater Craze! We tried to rally a few people together, and have an Ugly Sweater Party, but alas… it just didn’t happen! Again, we would be swimming in options at home, but over here, things are SLOW AND BEHIND!
When Christmas Day arrived and we still hadn’t worn our matching ugly sweaters, we decided to wear them to the “Christmas with Friends” celebration that we had been invited to. The sweaters were, without a doubt, a big hit!
This really wasn’t a big year for friends and socializing, but perhaps next year we will have a decent Ugly Sweater Party (in China, or wherever!). If you’re thinking about throwing an Ugly Sweater Party, here are some decorating tips from the Real Ugly Christmas Sweater website:
- Look at Michaels, Wal-Mart, Target, etc for the most gaudy decorations you can find. Multi-colored lights, garland, ugly stockings. Just get crazy. Deck the house (and the halls) with these wild decorations. The more outrageous the better. Your friends will love it.
- Don’t forget thrift stores! Goodwill and other local thrift stores can be a treasure trove of hideous decorations from another era. These are the best places to find the worst decorations for the best price!
- Decorate as much as possible with sweaters or sweater material – It’s the theme and it works. If you can get hold of a bunch of old winter sweaters, patterns or materials use them as place mats, table cloths, hang them on walls, cut pieces to use as drink coasters. Get creative. There’s so much you can do here.
- Get creative, and remember that with this party UGLY is what works, and most of us are capable of that regardless of our creative skills.”
Up Next: The Christmas Party we wore our ugly sweaters to!