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Christmas Jumper Day at school.

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TheChristmasCardy Tue 29-Nov-16 11:59:48

I have seen this marked on the school calendar, and I have noticed it being mentioned a few times on here (but didn't really take much notice).

We have just moved back to Britain this year after over a decade away. Is Christmas jumper day now a "thing"?

I have seen some in the shops. I don't really want to buy them, but I don't want my kids to be the "weird foreigners".

What constitutes a Christmas jumper? I would have said it was an obviously hand-knitted patterned jumper, maybe in slightly garish colours, a bit amateurish. But the ones in the shops all have actual Christmassy designs (and obviously are machine knitted).

If I send the kids in in hand-knitted jumpers without an obvious Christmas theme, will they be laughed at?

They have Christmassy pyjama tops from last year, could they go in those? ( I feel that might be obvious ridicule territory, but on the other hand, they are Christmassy designs, not really different to a normal long sleeved top, so maybe not??)

What do your children wear, if your school does it?

I will ask the other parents at the school, but I have the feeling they won't want to tell it like it is, and tell me whatever I think is fine.

J3NN1 Tue 29-Nov-16 12:24:33

Our school had one a couple of years ago and I did buy the Xmas design jumpers from the shop, wishing i didn't waste my money though as most of the children wore regular jumpers wrapped in tinsel, or Christmassy colours and tinsel in their hair - one kid even had fairy lights wrapped around his pyjamas!

I wouldn't purchase one, depending on how old your kids are, ask them what they would like to wear? My dd2 is coming up for 10 and would probably choose a shop bought one if they were to have a Christmas jumper day again (they're not) but my dd3 who's almost 8 would love nothing more than wearing a pyjama top to school.

Waggamamma Tue 29-Nov-16 12:24:47

A Christmas jumper is a jumper with a Christmas design on elf, santa, xmas tree, penguin, rudolph etc. Doesn't need to be knitted, they are usually shop bought.

I wouldn't send them in pj tops. You don't need to do it, it's no compulsory, it's just supposed to be a bit of fun.

Asda and Primark do cheap kids Christmas jumpers if you do want to join in.

Gooseysgirl Tue 29-Nov-16 12:25:48

It's a jumper with a Christmassy/wintry theme... my DD's school are also doing it - I think it's in aid of Save the Children. I get neutral red Christmassy jumpers in primark so I can pass them on to my son when too small for DD, (then on to my niece).

WalterWhitesNipple Tue 29-Nov-16 12:28:17

Pin some tree baubles or tinsel on a red or green jumper. Sorted smile

SuburbanRhonda Tue 29-Nov-16 12:29:01

Have a look in the charity shops, OP. I've just done the rounds of ours and there are loads smile

Stillunexpected Tue 29-Nov-16 12:30:39

Depends on the pyjamas really. If they are long sleeve t-shirt type with a Christmas design I think it would be fine, otherwise as others have said just go for a plain t-shirt with some tinsel or decorations attached.

Wandastartup Tue 29-Nov-16 12:31:27

My daughter wore a fleecy pyjama top as a Christmas jumper for a couple of years.she was happy and no teasing. Tjougtcshe'd get more use from pyjamas than a tasteless jumper.

hazeyjane Tue 29-Nov-16 12:33:06

I made a Christmassy motif and tacked it to a cardigan/jumper that they already owned.

Dd's friend's have a mixture of nice Christmassy themed jumper that comes out every year and gets worn throughout Christmas (mine don't really like jumpers, so I don't like the idea of spending ££s on jumpers that get worn on one day) and home made (ie tinsel/baubles/Christmassy badge from the £1 shop - pinned onto an existing top)

noramum Tue 29-Nov-16 12:57:33

DD's school does it and it was also a part of her drama school costume most years.

I never get a knitted jumper, DD hates anything scratchy. We get a long-sleeve top with a Christmassy motive, this year a sparkly penguine. She wears it throughout December until New Year.

If really in trouble, a badge or similar is absolutely fine.

TheChristmasCardy Tue 29-Nov-16 12:58:57

Thanks everyone. I will have a look round the charity shops today, don't mind buying one from there, but don't want to spend out on a new one if I don't have to.

The pj tops are like a long sleeved top, but with elasticated cuffs. One white with a polar bear in a hat on the front, one grey with a moose skiing.

Quite like the idea of pinning something to an existing top too. Though I can't think of any red or green clothes belonging to either DC. We are clearly a bit dull in our clothes choices!

BroomstickOfLove Tue 29-Nov-16 13:04:37

I send mine in in Chridtmas themed pyjama tops, or decorate clothes with tinsel. Several places this year are selling Christmas jumper kits, which are a sort of Christmas themed version of fuzzy felt which will stick into a normal jumper. I'm not convinced that they would stay attached through playtime, though, but it seems less wasteful than buying a jumper which will only be worn a handful of times.

Sadik Tue 29-Nov-16 16:51:53

They've done this for ages, primary and now secondary here. Any woolly jumper dolled up with some tinsel and maybe a santa hat would be absolutely fine at dd's school (or at her old primary).

TheChristmasCardy Wed 30-Nov-16 15:50:40

I didn't find one in any of the charity shops I looked in <sad face>. On the upside, I am now well stocked with cards, wrapping paper and reading material, because I hate going into charity shops and leaving empty handed.

I think I will go down the customisation route.

MrsPear Wed 30-Nov-16 16:06:19

In my sons multi cultural school it is called winter jumper day - so it could have snowflakes or a penguin on it instead. A lot of parents just pin tinsel on a jumper. You are asked to bring in a £1 - all money goes to charity.

imnervous Wed 30-Nov-16 16:15:18

I picked up Christmas long sleeve tshirts in tesco today for £6

throwingpebbles Wed 30-Nov-16 19:55:28

I get cheapish ones and make sure they have growing room and hand me down value (ie neutral styles)

They get a fair bit of use in December!

BrollyXmas Wed 30-Nov-16 20:13:15

Christmas jumper day = wear a Christmassy top to raise money for charity (doesn't need to be a jumper)

I never send my dc to school in a jumper as they get really hot. I just buy a Christmassy top (a size or two too big, so it will last a good couple of years) and they wear that.

stillwantrachelshair Wed 30-Nov-16 22:56:31

The Save the Children info pack makes it very clear that you don't need to go & buy anything but could just decorate an existing jumper. At DC's school, some will be in a Christmas jumper, some in clothes with a bit of tinsel & some just in their own clothes with no festive additions. My two will be in long sleeve t-shirts, one with a deer on it & the other with a penguin - enough to count as a Christmas jumper but it can be worn at other times of the year too.
To my mind, it seems ridiculous to spend £10 in Primark etc on a jumper made by cheap labour to then donate £1 to Save the Children.

autumnrained Wed 30-Nov-16 23:22:05

You can buy a make your own Christmas jumper set from the works for a couple of quid smile

clumsyduck Wed 30-Nov-16 23:28:52

This year ds will go in long sleeved tee ( Christmas design) that still fits from last year ! Iv only just remembered Christmas jumper day and I am bloody done spending now on Christmas related stuff !! Well except food and few nice treats planned but no more festive tat will I buy this year !! sad

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