Have you ever heard of an ugly Christmas sweater? If you haven’t, you’d be surprised by its history. Ugly Christmas sweaters became popular in the United Kingdom in the 1980s and got noticed by the United States, becoming popular in the country as well. It has remained popular during the holiday season. Ugly Christmas sweaters are often knitted and typically feature a Christmas or winter-style design.
In recent years, designs have included popular movie or television show characters with a festive theme, such as the Grinch from How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Yoda from the Star Wars series, Bart Simpson from The Simpsons, and many others. They have been worn by many celebrities in their shows, which may be the reason why they gained such popularity. In the 1980s, Gyles Brandreth and Timmy Mallett began wearing the festive sweaters during the holiday season. This presentation got people interested in the holiday sweaters.
The most likely reason why they gained popularity was because of singers like Andy Williams and Val Doonican, who wore the sweaters in their Christmas specials on TV. United States late-night television host Jimmy Fallon even hosts a 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters segment during the holiday season. In this event, Fallon gives away the holiday sweaters to lucky audience members over the course of 12 days, for 12 episodes of his show. Overall, I think it’s safe to say that ugly Christmas sweaters are a fairly popular piece of Christmas fashion during the holiday season. Would you wear one?