It’s that time of year again when no matter where you go, you see people decked out in holiday themed clothing. For some people, decorating themselves and their homes isn’t enough. They even decorate their cars!
Today we have a special guest, Liese Sherwood-Fabre, author of the newly released Reindeer Wars, to tell us a little bit about the history of ugly holiday sweaters. Learn more about Liese at her website.
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During the 1930s, sweater makers introduced winter designs in their creations. In one catalogue ad, Janzen’s offered a green sweater with deer frolicking across the top for men and a red one with snowflakes for women. These demur images, over time, became more flamboyant and colorful, to the point of ridicule. The first time Bridget Jones meets Mark Darcy as an adult, he is wearing a “jumper” (as they call sweaters across the pond) with a huge reindeer on it. In Christmas with the Kranks, Jamie Lee Curtis proudly pulls out her Christmas vest for its annual use during the holiday season.
The popularity of these “ugly Christmas sweaters” has increased with the advent of the “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.” Three men in Vancouver, Canada are credited with the creation of the first party in 2001. The annual event grew in popularity, moving to larger and larger venues and now quickly sells out of the 1000+ tickets each year.
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The first step in this process is, of course, to find an ugly Christmas sweater. The popularity of these items, however, has created a demand and they can be scarce this time of year. Do not fear, you can scour Craigslist, eBay, and your local thrift store for possible entries or even check on-line for stores dedicated to servicing party-goers. Another course is to make your own. Start with a simple Christmas-themed sweater and add embellishments at will. Consider extra bling, some tacky trim, and even battery-operated lights.
One such sweater became the basis for my Christmas novella, Reindeer Wars. I imagined two co-workers in a bidding war for one such sweater, then meeting up at the office holiday party. I had a lot of fun designing in my mind that sweater and those others wore to the party. Little did I know that some of mine were tame compared to those I found posted on the Internet.
Let me know about your experiences with such a party or your sweaters for a chance to win a copy of Reindeer Wars.
Blurb: Tina has a tendency to go a little overboard when decorating for the holidays, but Brian decides her skills are just what he needs to get into the Christmas spirit. Can this budding relationship survive when they find themselves in a knock-down-drag-out competition to win the office’s most outrageous holiday sweater?