Christmas is once again just around the corner, and this is that time of the year where every now and then you see someone wearing an ugly Christmas sweater in almost every corner. But who invented sweaters and how did it all come to be?
Knitted garments can be made up of various materials, a Christmas sweater or jumper is a clothing for the upper torso usually pulled over the head, with Christmas or winter theme designs. Every one of them basically has the same form but the idea of the designs drawn in them are endless. No one really knows who started it first but as early as 1980’s, regulars in television shows boast different kinds of what they dub as an ugly Christmas sweater. During the eighties, United Kingdom celebrities like Timmy Mallett and Giles Brandreth wears them on Christmas specials for their television shows, as well as singers Val Doonican and Andy Williams while they perform during the holidays. Also around the eighties, an Ireland popular TV show, The Late Late Show, have their hosts wear a broad collection of knitted ugly Christmas sweater during episodes aired during the holidays.
During the 1990s and 2000s, they became gag gifts that someone would be embarrassed by, probably attributed to the film Bridget Jone’s Diary. However, during the 2010s, online sellers and retailers report that sales of sweaters with Christmas themes rose to 600%. This is then followed by a number of celebrities seen wearing Christmas sweaters in public. It paved the way to be one of the season’s must-haves, a classic that will most probably not die. Nowadays, corporate Christmas parties are often in Christmas sweaters theme and even hold contests for the most creative, or ugliest, Christmas sweaters. It somehow adds a fun and light mood to these events, apart from making fun out of each other’s sweaters. Party organizers often end the event asking people in attendance to voluntary donate their Christmas sweaters for a chosen charity, usually for Children who will appreciate the colorful and fun designs, making it more meaningful and just appropriate for this season of giving.