WHAT IS AN UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATER?
An ugly holiday sweater is any sweater with a Christmas theme that is considered in bad taste, tacky, or gaudy. So what makes for a sweater ugly? Well, the general consensus is that the more embellishments, more tinsel, and more decorations — the uglier the sweater.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
The ugly Christmas sweater has become a ubiquitous part of the holiday season, on par with Black Friday shopping or wrestling with the Christmas lights.
Telltale signs of the ugly sweater are liberal use of red and green, comically large depictions of snowmen, reindeer, Christmas trees, and any sort of pom-pom or felt applique.
Though the sweater as a garment has existed in the U.S. since the late 19th century, hideous holiday versions only began to sprout up sometime in the 80s. In our humble opinion, total credit for this quirky holiday should be given to Chevy Chase’s character Clark Griswold in the 1989 classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
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