The radio station started an Ugly Christmas Sweater party tradition a few years ago and last year I borrowed a Wal-Mart special from someone who had worn the same thing the year before. I was thinking no one would notice that it was a recycled sweater. I was wrong.
People take this celebration VERY seriously, laboring for weeks to hand make the most hideous creations you've ever laid eyes on. The ugliest sweater does get a prize after all, even if it is just the honor of carrying the title for a whole year and bragging rights.
So this year I decided I better start thinking about my outfit before the day-of. I scoured eBay for days (ok minutes, but still) and decided I was going to step out of the box and go with an ugly Christmas VEST instead of a sweater. I paid $7 plus shipping for a gently used denim vest with what appears to be hand sewn snowman appliques, bling and glitter. I have no way of knowing whether the original owner wore this to be serious or as a joke.
Now, others have changed it up in the past and worn ugly holiday pajamas, robes and a guy from sales even donned some rather festive pants for the occasion. None of them were rewarded for veering from the theme so I know I'm taking a risk. I'm not delusional enough to think I'm going to win but at least this year they won't point at me and say, "Oh! That's the sweater Cari wore last year!" and make me feel super lame for not caring enough to at least take my own trip to Wal-Mart.
Hope you all enjoy the holidays, ugly Christmas sweaters and all.