44 Of The Ugliest Christmas Sweaters Ever
It sure is nice and jolly to see houses decorated in the best Christmas spirit manner; not only does it help you to feel the mood of the upcoming festivities, but it also is quite aesthetically pleasing. Hundreds of tiny lights gleam softly in the lazily falling snow, with evergreens glimmering with Christmas decorations and a warm and cozy fireplace.
Now, if you think that only houses and public places can be decked for this all-time favorite celebration, then you are wrong because you can also be a walking and talking Christmas decoration yourself. If you are confused as to how — check our ugliest Christmas sweater list.
Sure, you might dress yourself in a simple but cute outfit for your Christmas office get-together, but why not bring it up a notch and morph into a Christmas tree or the aforementioned cozy fireplace? Also, if you are a bit shy, why not throw an ugliest Christmas sweater party, so all of your friends would also participate in this ugly outfits contest?
And if all of this sounds good and nice to you, we here at Bored Panda have collected the most amazing–or should we say horrible– ugly Christmas sweater ideas for your inspiration. So scroll down below and check our collection of men's, children's, and women's funniest Christmas sweaters, and may your holidays be merry!
The 'I Am A Christmas Tree' Ugly Christmas Sweater
What is the Tradition of Ugly Christmas Sweaters?
Although ugly Christmas sweaters have gained most of their popularity in the early 2000s, the tradition finds its roots much earlier — in the ‘50s. That’s when the first Christmas-themed sweaters became commercialized and got the name ‘Jingle Bell Sweaters.’ In essence, they were just as ugly as the ones we see now — lots of tinsel, badly-drawn reindeer, and Santa everywhere.
However, they didn’t become a massive trend until the ‘80s when various iconic shows of the decade, such as Saved by the Bell, The Cosby Show, The Huxtables, began dressing their cast in these atrocious garments. The sweaters were meant to be funny from the beginning, so their horrible designs were never seen as a serious fashion statement.
Christmas Tree Ugly Christmas Sweater
My Friend's Ugly Christmas Sweater That He Knitted Himself
Who Started the Ugly Sweater Trend?
Fast forward to the 21st century. While the ugly Christmas sweaters were gone for a while in the ‘90s (not due to a lack of horrible fashion), they resurfaced in the early 2000s. That’s when the very first ugly Christmas sweater party was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, to celebrate the cheesiness of the garment. Right after that, the term “ugly Christmas sweater” was trademarked by Chris Boyd and Jordan Birch, who launched the first-ever reported Christmas Sweater Party.
Soon, these iconic sweaters got their own national day, which is always celebrated on the third Friday of December. And now, these tacky Christmas sweaters are a celebrated part of each and every Christmas season, rendering any office party invalid without at least one Christmas tree, Frosty the Snowman, or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer sweater.
Parents Combined Ugly Sweater Combo
This Year's Ugly Christmas Sweater
Why Do People Wear Ugly Christmas Sweaters?
At a glance, wearing the funniest Christmas sweater you can find might seem a bit counterintuitive. After all, we usually spend quite a bit of time trying not to look ridiculous! However, there’s no better season to have some fun than the Holiday season, when everyone’s in high spirits and the Winter’s darkest days are behind your cozy and warm windows.
In fact, we think that funny Christmas sweaters offer a very well-deserved comedic relief both to the stress we experience during Christmas gift shopping and plentiful parties and to the dark and dreary mid-winter weather. So why not catch that cheer bug and spread it around!