National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

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Ugly Christmas sweaters have become a novelty in the past few years. I remember when holiday sweaters were worn simply as a fashion statement for the season, but now those once adored holiday fashions are what great holiday parties are built around. We here at the Charlotte Parent office are wearing our “ugly” Christmas sweaters today. We are one day ahead of the official National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, but still feeling the spirit of silliness. 

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day started in Canada, but its popularity spread to the U.S. and thus the second Friday in December (Dec. 12 this year) was designated a annual National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. In addition to creating parties around ugly Christmas sweaters, some organizations are making it a way to raise money for charities. The group National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day partnered with the Save the Children Foundation, a charitable organization which helps provide less fortunate children with a healthy start, opportunities to learn, and protection from harm. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for light-hearted family fun. The Christmas Spirit is about giving, and this is a fun way to teach children that it feels good to give. We here at Charlotte Parent are donating to Toys for Tots as our ugly Christmas sweater charity.


Find more ideas on how to put the fun of National Ugly Christmas Sweater day to good use and help a good cause here. And if you don’t have an ugly Christmas sweater, remember some of the best are the homemade versions.