The ugly Christmas sweater has become a unique feature of the Christmas holiday season, along with the Christmas trees and shiny Christmas lights. All of these holiday elements together can give a warm atmosphere of Christmas.
Although the sweater as a garment has already existed in the U.S. since the late 19th century, “ugly” holiday versions of those sweaters only began to come up in the last several decades. Bill Cosby was a modern-day pioneer of the trend and is revered as an ugly sweater icon. Thanks to Cosby, as well as Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, the sweaters they wore experienced a resurgence until their popularity faded as the ‘90s began.
Later in the last decade, the trend has picked up the fashion once again. In the book Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book: The Definitive Guide to Getting Your Ugly On,there was a noticeable mention of the ugly sweaters which the tradition had snowballed from there. There was a parody of MTV’s teen documentary series entitled “True Life: I Love Ugly Christmas Sweaters”.
Due to the pop culture, now those sweaters are getting produced more and are beginning to appear in the fast-fashion shops like H&M or even NordStrom.
The enthusiasm is not only in United States, a lot of ugly Christmas sweaters are now being spotted in U.K, and some Europe countries.
After all, holidays are often filled with anxiety about the financial drain of gift-giving and the large amounts of family interaction.
What better way to de-stress than to throw on an ugly sweater and have a laugh?