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You Can Blame Canada for the Rise of the Ugly Christmas Sweater

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Dec 19, 2017 01:05 AM
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by Nancy Mitchell last modified Dec 18, 2017

Maybe I'm dating myself a bit here, but I remember a time, way back in the 1980s, when ugly Christmas sweaters were just called Christmas sweaters. I never owned one of these, as I'm pretty sure that the idea of a sweater that could only be worn a few times a year would've been an offense to my mother's highly practical sensibilities, but I remember them in the women's section at JCPenney, and I remember my elementary school teachers wearing them, joyfully and unironically. Fast-forward 20 years, and now ugly Christmas sweaters, worn with a heavy degree of irony, are a staple of dedicated Christmas parties everywhere. Vintage stores can't quite meet the demand, so people are even buying ugly sweaters new—or making their own. How did we get here? READ MORE »





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