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Ugly Christmas Jumper Season

I think each year Christmas jumpers become more and more “creative” – in the sense that sometimes innocuous things can be twisted into a festive theme. Make no mistake, Christmas is my favourite time of year, and wearing a marketing slogan of some sort to advertise for merriment and cheer is my kind of cheese. So, I love them, the more garish the better!



When I was young, (I am a geriatric millennial, just made the cut), Christmas jumpers were still referred to as ugly homemade knitted wool jumpers, not such a catchy title I can see why it got an upgrade. They were usually made by a relative who possibly grew up during one of the world disasters and had the talent of knitting as a necessity to be taught, learnt and exercised - much like learning to code these days (says, my 12-year-old nephew).



When I was young, (I am a geriatric millennial, just made the cut), Christmas jumpers were still referred to as ugly homemade knitted wool jumpers, not such a catchy title I can see why it got an upgrade. They were usually made by a relative who possibly grew up during one of the world disasters and had the talent of knitting as a necessity to be taught, learnt and exercised - much like learning to code these days (says, my 12-year-old nephew).


Options for a festive pullover are limitless this year, soon they’ll just be a projection onto a blank jumper. If you are still on the lookout for one or have too many here are some tips.

· Don't forget to have a look in the 2nd hand market, charity stores and vintage for some alternative options

· Swap with friends/family to get an update for this year

· Give your old ones to charity stores as a donation or recycle them if it can be

· Reuse – make it an annual uniform to see a specific day during the Advent period.



Here are some other factors to consider:

· If you want it super colourful and bright, you might have to look for a synthetic fabrication

· If you want one made of natural fibres, and you aren’t often wearing wool – be sure to check whether you have allergies or irritations to wool

· If you want something a bit lighter, there are cotton woven jumpers, great if you want something super breathable and potentially anticipating the food sweats after lunch

· Size (you need plenty of room for movement), playing games, doing the washing up, whatever is in store for your festive period

· Tech, sometimes you get flashing lights, sirens etc. Think about whether you need batteries for this investment piece. >Think about rechargeable batteries as an alternative to help reduce the carbon footprint.


Good luck and enjoy your ugly Christmas jumper holidays!

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