Posted: 12:34 pm Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Tacky Christmas sweaters becoming chic? 

By Allison Ross

Last Christmas, my friend invited a bunch of us over to her apartment for a “tacky Christmas sweater party.” Cost of admission: some sort of drink or dish, and the tackiest sweater you can find.

Now, according to the Boston Globe, my friends and I aren’t alone in finding joy and amusement in the those kitschy, terrible red and green sweaters with little bells or images of Santa on them.

According to the story, in fact, the tacky Christmas sweater has become “hip”:

The festive holiday sweater, once restricted to mom’s or grandma’s closet, has found fans among young revelers who are looking for a new way to celebrate the holiday. Over the past few years, the ugly sweater holiday party has grown like an over-fertilized poinsettia, with friends trying to out-shine one another in the most over-the-top knits they can get their hands on.
Companies are hosting ugly holiday sweater parties in conference rooms, friends are gathering for sweater pub crawls, bars are cashing in on the trend, and nonprofits are holding holiday ugly sweater fund-raisers. Once a symbol of a wholesome holiday, the Christmas sweater has gone subversive and hip.

Of course, for those of you looking for gift ideas, I’m still not sure the holiday sweater is the best way to go.

What will be the next hip holiday item? The fruit cake?

Have you ever been to a tacky Christmas sweater party? Got any horror stories of sweaters you’ve received for the holidays? I’d love to hear them…

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