The other day I received an email with the subject line: Deck the Halls with Ugly Sweaters. It was from one of my employees and it was an invitation to my company’s holiday luncheon.
Tis the season for Ugly Sweaters!
Join us for an
Ugly Sweater Christmas Lunch
Wednesday December 21st
~Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater~
As one of the company owners, I was consulted about the date, location and menu but not the theme. Now I know tacky holiday sweaters are all the rage. So popular that Madame Tussauds’ most recent exhibit includes the Royal Family in holiday sweaters. I especially love the double sweater for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
But it wasn’t too long ago that we TAUGHT embroiderers how to stitch holiday sweaters. I think those very same sweaters (that we labored hours and hours on) inspired the tacky trend. Should we be insulted? Should we laugh? What’s the appropriate response?
Here’s my take – don’t be insulted. Pat yourself on the back for inspiring an entire generation of bland-attire owners. They only had to look to us to know how to really celebrate the festive season.
Should we laugh? Definitely. Because as hard as they try, they’ll never understand the difference between wool felt snowmen and craft felt snowmen.
What’s the appropriate response? By all means attend the party in your holiday finery. Your not-so-tacky holiday sweater will be more comfortable, more cherished and possibly worthy of a trophy. (Apparently, there are awards involved – kind of like a costume party).
Now, if they attend the party in a sweater that you made for them, make sure you take a picture; I mean a “selfie”, with them so you can remember to take them OFF your gift-making list.
So tell me, what are your thoughts about the tacky sweaters?
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