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Ugly Christmas Sweater Day Is December 17, 2021

Ugly Christmas Sweater For Two

Ugly Christmas Sweater For Two

What Is Ugly Sweater Day?

December 17 is the third Friday in December this year, and that means it is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day! Every year the 3rd Friday of the 12th month is the designated day to wear an ugly holiday decorated sweater. Most people make their own, and trust me, some of them are very ugly. Other folks choose to buy one of the pretty ugly sweaters that are for sale this time of the year. Whether you buy or make your own, this is a fun dress up idea that we can all take part in without too much effort or expense. So, get your old sweaters out and start planning an ugly design to decorate it with.

Anime Ugly Christmas Sweater

Anime Ugly Christmas Sweater

When Did Ugly Sweater Day Start?

Ugly Sweater Day was first celebrated in Vancouver Canada in 2003. Someone decided to have a fund raiser for cancer and the theme of it was "Ugly Christmas Sweaters". These fund raisers became a yearly event and the idea of dressing up in a funny, ugly holiday sweater went wild.

Some people believe that ugly sweaters began in the 1950s with decorated holiday sweaters called "Jingle Bell Sweaters". Then in the 1980s and 1990s the idea was presented to us again with characters like Clark Griswold ,Cliff Huxtable, and the super sexy Mark Darcy. It was shortly after Mark Darcy appeared in his gifted ugly sweater that the fund raiser idea came to be in Canada.

Friends Ugly Christmas Sweater

Friends Ugly Christmas Sweater

What Is An Ugly Christmas Sweater Supposed To Represent?

Initially the Ugly Christmas Sweater was supposed to be just that, ugly. Garish. Trashy. A joke. That's all, it was supposed to be a funny joke. But it has evolved. In the early days people would make their own ugly sweaters by attaching tinsel, leaves, Christmas ornaments, or aluminum pie pans. Check out the video below to see some ugly ideas to decorate your sweater! The pie pan is pretty good and the Christmas tree is great. When decorated as an Ugly Sweater Christmas tree you can raise your arms can form the shape of a decorated tree. Pretty funny!

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Have Changed Through The Years

Most of today's Ugly Christmas Sweaters don't resemble the sweaters of years gone by. They have evolved. They can be garish and trashy, but some of them are beautiful. The themes they come in are endless. Name something you like and I bet you can find an ugly Christmas sweater with that theme.

  • Christmas Tree
  • Christmas Lights
  • Reindeer
  • Bud Light
  • Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate
  • Beer Pong
  • National Lampoon Christmas Vacation
  • Bob Ross
  • Rick & Morty

More popular theme sweaters can be found too:

  • Cobra Kai
  • Fortnite
  • Festivus
  • Hunter X Hunter
  • My Hero Academia
  • Dio Brando

So many of the sweaters I've seen have Anime and Manga themes, and they are beautiful! So, you see, you go out and purchase a lovely sweater to wear on Dec. 17th, one that you will wear again year after year.

Ugly and Homemade!

Ugly and Homemade!

What Is An Ugly Christmas Sweater Party?

The Ugly Sweater theme is perfect for December get togethers. It's a fun and easy way to laugh yourself and your guests through the month of December and have a good time. You can find free, printable ugly sweater party invitations and decorations online. Invite your friends, ask them to wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater to the party and have a contest with some prizes for the winners.

The free ugly sweater invitations can be found at and you can fill in the details and send them to your guests. They are free and easy to print out.

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What To Do At An Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Plan some Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Activities for your guests. Those party activities can include:

1. Ugly Photo Booth

Get some Free Ugly Photo Booth Props to print out and have some fun with. Have someone ready to take pictures of your guests at your photo booth set up, and hook up a printer so your guests can print out their Ugly Sweater Photos! Here some accessories you might need for the Ugly Sweater Photo Shoot:

A Santa Hat

Elf Head Boppers

HO HO HO Bead Necklaces

Giant Customizable Christmas Photo Frame Kit

Christmas Booth Props - These are the most fun!

2. Ugly Gift Exchange - Let each guest know to bring a small, tacky gift for this Christmas gift exchange. The value should be about 10.00 each, wrap the gift, and of course, like with any tacky game, the gift can be stolen at any time by another player (and the person who had their gift stolen can re-steal or pick another gift). Here's a list of fun gifts to bring to the swap:

  • Ugly Sweater Earrings
  • Reindeer Antler Toss Game
  • Ugly Sweater Ornament
  • An Ugly T-Shirt
  • An Ugly Mug

3. Ugly Christmas Karaoke Contest - Whoever sings the worst is the winner. You can also have the best singer win a prize too. Of course your song list should include these favorite Christmas Karaoke Carols:

  • Jingle Bells
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • Walking in a Winter Wonderland
  • Santa Baby
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Silent Night
  • All I Want for Christmas is You
  • It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  • Here Comes Santa Claus
  • The Christmas Song
  • Deck the Halls
  • Feliz Navidad
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • Up on the Housetop
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  • Joy to the World
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • White Christmas
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside
  • Holly Jolly Christmas
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

4. The Ugly Sweater Party Game - When your guests arrive give each of them a plastic ornament to pin to their ugly sweater. Let them know the rules. Throughout the course of the evening every time someone says "Holiday", "Christmas", or "Ugly Sweater" the guest who hears them can steal their ornament. The guest with the most ornaments at the end, wins

5. Ugly Sweater Contest - Get some prizes ready! They can be anything - A Plastic Ornament with # 1 on it. Assign a couple judges or have everyone vote on the sweaters they think are the ugliest!

How To Win An Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest

There are lots of ways to win an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest. Here's some suggestions for you:

  • Make the tackiest sweater ever
  • Get Creative
  • Get Really Ugly - Don't Stop At The Sweater
  • Dress With A Partner - Make It A Two-For Sweater
  • Light Up The Night
  • Blackmail The Judges - We Won't Tell You How, Just Do It!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Themes





Happy Birthday Boy

Hairy Chest

Christmas Tree


Swiss Miss



Make Christmas Great Again

Easy How To Make An Ugly Sweater Tutorial

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