Yikes! When Did Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties Start?

When did Christmas Sweaters BecomeTacky?I’ve always loved decorated Christmas sweaters, vests and t-shirts, and have worn them during the holidays for years.

Every year on Black Friday, I happily rise before the sun comes up, dress in a festive top, arrive at the mall and get in the holiday spirit that day.

Many of the other shoppers are wearing their cheerful holiday garments and everyone’s having a great time getting bargains.

It’s a tradition I look forward to.

The only problem is it’s hard to find a Christmas top that’s cute but classy-looking, because, for some unknown reason, manufacturers go way overboard on the embellishments for most of them… I always try to buy the most conservative ones available.

That’s why I was horrified to be shopping in a local thrift store during December a few years ago and overhear some teenaged girls giggling and looking for clothes there for an Ugly Christmas Sweater party. (I’d never heard of such a thing before.)

It was a good place to shop for a Christmas top but… as my eyes moved slowly down to the holiday sweater I was wearing, I couldn’t help but wonder if they thought it qualified for their party? At least they didn’t offer to buy it from me…

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