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Posted on Dec 5, 2014

Why Ugly Christmas Sweaters Are Awesome

Why Ugly Christmas Sweaters Are Awesome

Ugly Christmas sweaters are no longer just a novelty or a bad gift, they’re a whole movement. More and more people are getting into the ugliness, and there’s even a holiday specifically for ugly sweaters. National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is always on the second Friday in December, according to That means we’re only one week away! December 12 is going to be the day to get your ugly on. Celebrate by wearing an ugly Christmas sweater for the entire day.

The History Behind Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Obviously, ugly sweaters have been around as long as sweaters have been around, but they starting become more popular and noticeable around the 1970s and 80s. Especially associated with cheesy (sorry, “wholesome”) family sitcom Christmas specials, they were often a common sight on TV. Wikipedia also cites their prevalence on the Irish Late Late Show at the time and similar British programs.

Later, in the 1990s and early 2000s, Christmas sweaters started to become less of a “legitimate” family tradition, and more of something to be openly mocked. Tim Allen’s character in The Santa Clause (1994) and Colin Firth’s in Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001) both had memorable scenes involving memorable sweaters. Firth’s reindeer sweater was especially hideous and hilarious.

Ugly sweater parties were beginning to crop up at the time, too, and in the current decade, ugly Christmas sweaters are now a full-fledged, albeit ironic, trend. Thanks, hipsters! Most people are familiar with movies like Sharknado that are so bad they’re good, but some ugly Christmas sweaters are so bad they’re gorgeous. And yes, there is such a thing as a Sharknado Christmas sweater design. It’s a printed T-shirt, but that’s close enough.


They’re even popping up in the most unlikely of circles. A couple Christmas seasons ago, thrash metal legends Slayer launched their first official ugly Christmas sweater at their online merchandise shop– those aren’t pentagrams, they’re upside-down Christmas stars. Since then, heavy metal Christmas sweatershave become a trend within a trend, with plenty of brutal bands jumping on the wagon. Fair warning: a couple of them do feature rather NSFW needlework, but would you really expect anything else from Dying Fetus?

Not only are Christmas sweater designs in the shops getting more and more ridiculous, though, but people are invoking their DIY skills to make them as intentionally garish as eye-searing as possible. Popular add-ons go beyond the knitting itself and can include everything from Christmas lights to full-on tinsel garland and ornaments (we’re talking about heathiepants’ viral photo from 2012).

Our Christmas Sweaters

So, all you want (and need) for Christmas is an ugly sweater. Consider it a Christmas miracle if you like, but we’ve secured some of the ugliest Christmas sweater designs we’ve ever seen. Digital Dudz created this Fireplace Ugly Christmas Sweater, and it’s back this year.

OF course, if you don’t feel like carrying your phone around inside your shirt all day long, you can opt for a much classier version that merely lights up. There’s even a Chanukah sweater version, too:


Both of these also make amazing gag gifts, especially for a friend with a birthday in July.

Even if you’re not the sweater type of person, or if you live in a climate not conducive to sweater-wearing, you can still hop on the ugly sweater bandwagon. Ugly Christmas Sweater T-Shirts are printed to look like the real thing, but they’re really just regular shirts. In a way, we think makes the whole thing even tackier, and by extension, funnier.

More Christmas Costumes

If you’re interested in holiday pub crawls, or just some holiday hi-jinx around the office or at home, then Christmas costumes – not just sweaters – are the way to go. For those planning to indulge in SantaCons, Santa Costumes are obviously a requirement. Aside from the big red coat and suit, you’ll also need a Santa hat, a Santa beard, and some Santa boots.

This SantaCon costume is just right for something that (let’s be honest), is probably going to end up with more than a few spills on it. But, if you’re interested in more authentic Santa suits, there are plenty to choose from.  We really shouldn’t even need to say it, but yes – sexy Santa costumes exist.

Click here to view the rest of our Christmas costumes selection.

Are you looking forward to decking the halls with a sweet sweater this Christmas? What was the ugliest Christmas sweater you’ve ever seen someone wear? If you liked this post and want to see more like it, then let us know! Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @BuyCostumes to share your thoughts, or send us an email. Check out our Pinterest boards for more costumes ideas, too.


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