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Christmas jumper day moan

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LePetitMarseillais Fri 19-Dec-14 19:34:08

Sorry going to get my Scrooge half hour out of the way,have tried to sit on my hands but can't any longer.Feel free to flame.

So we had our belated letter from school proclaiming the last day as Xmas jumper charidee day.Not having a spare £30 to blow on chuck away clothing items that won't survive the washing machine my dc went without a cheap nylon child labour crafted master piece and survived however I do feel the need to grumble.

Many parents will feel pressurised to buy the above from a cut price outlet and I suspect some kids of those that don't will feel a tad awkward.

I'd rather send my £30 to the charity involved instead of Primark.

We're all a tad cash strapped as it is this time of year.

So aibu?

LadyLuck10 Fri 19-Dec-14 19:37:16

Yanbu, it's all getting ridiculous now. You did fine, sending them in like that. I doubt many parents would have gone and got one either.

MaidOfStars Fri 19-Dec-14 19:38:27

It costs £30 for a Christmas jumper in Primark shock?

...misses point...

Cabrinha Fri 19-Dec-14 19:39:26

Moan away!
The lateness of notice irritated me. We were Xmas jumpers or mufti. I do think it's better if they state mufti too, takes the pressure off. If it was Xmas jumpers I wouldn't have had the time or inclination to bother. I'm not Scrooge - she went in a full on Santa dress! But I'm not interested in this Xmas jumper trend.

MozzchopsThirty Fri 19-Dec-14 19:39:29

Wow some people look way too deeply into stuff

If you don't have one, don't send them in one.
Or buy a nice winter style jumper that they can wear for months which is what mine went in

DiseasesOfTheSheep Fri 19-Dec-14 19:39:30

Surely you could just tack tinsel around a normal jumper and create the ultimate hideous Christmas jumper?

LePetitMarseillais Fri 19-Dec-14 19:39:35

Have 3 kids,it adds up.

CaptainAnkles Fri 19-Dec-14 19:39:37

My DS had a Santa hat to wear to his Christmas jumper day. He doesn't wear Christmas jumpers, and I don't see why on earth I should buy something for him to literally wear once whilst feeling stupid. It's ridiculous for schools to expect every child to own a nasty piece of knitwear with flashing antlers or whatever on it.

Cabrinha Fri 19-Dec-14 19:40:11

I assume £30 was across at least 2 kids?

SwedishEdith Fri 19-Dec-14 19:41:56

Oh, I hate all this. It's a type of bullying isn't it because it's "fun" I think you've given them a good message about not needing to conform.

LePetitMarseillais Fri 19-Dec-14 19:42:11

Just went in mufti,they weren't bothered but I don't like the pressure to buy cheap tat when the money could go to charity instead particularly when they've done a child labour topic at school.Most of the outlets selling them were on the shops using child labour list my kids were shown at school.confused

MozzchopsThirty Fri 19-Dec-14 19:47:11

Wow round of applause for you then and shame on all those parents who buy 'cheap' clothes for their dcs

Your superiority just smacks of snobbery

DesperatelySeekingSedatives Fri 19-Dec-14 19:49:07

DD doesn't have a Christmas jumper she didn't want to wear her Christmas t shirt today (asda sale in jan £2) so just wore a santa hat she was happy enough. I don't really feel the pressure to buy stuff especially for days like this I just try to tack something together from what we've already got.

LePetitMarseillais Fri 19-Dec-14 19:49:47

Nope not necessary clothing but extra just because it looks nice for charity when the charity don't get it seems madness to me and not a good message to send to kids.

No superiority.I didn't buy because frankly I didn't have the spare cash to fritter,no superiority in that.

LePetitMarseillais Fri 19-Dec-14 19:51:03

Desperately it's the Christmas jumper specification I object to.I have antlers kicking around.

Cabrinha Fri 19-Dec-14 19:52:56

Mozzchops are you reading a different thread? I'm not hearing the snobbery angle at all.

Mrsgrumble Fri 19-Dec-14 19:56:22

I think you did the right thing. I haven't got school age dc but week upon week it seems there is a dressing up day. Pressure on parents. That is before we even get into child labour/ethical issues.

greenbananas Fri 19-Dec-14 21:26:56


This happened to us last year (short notice, we were v. skint, I object to buying rubbish from b&m / primark etc. which was made by somebody else's child in poverty. .)

I gave ds1 (aged 5) a set of washable felt tip pens and let him draw Christmas stuff all over one of his ordinary school shirts. He looked ridiculous, but was very proud of his efforts. problem solved!

wizzler Fri 19-Dec-14 21:30:40

Late notice here also. DS had previously declared he did not want a Christmas jumper when I offered to get him one in early December. Then he tells me on tuesday night that he "needs" one for thursday morning... not one shop I went in had any left... I hate the things anyway!

emms1981 Fri 19-Dec-14 21:32:37

Ok so I bought my 2 boys a jumper from primark and they both wore them to school, a family get together and will wear at Christmas. I had no idea I was such a bad mother!

wilkos Fri 19-Dec-14 21:36:45

I got DD's in a charity shop for £2, a lucky findgrin

OmnipotentQueenOfTheUniverse Fri 19-Dec-14 21:41:32


And when did christmas jumpers become a "thing"? I've only really noticed them in the shops this year. I think it's come from the US hasn't it? I mean we always had jokes about awful jumpers knitted by relatives in sitcoms etc but that was to do with arms being too long and stuff, this whole bought jumpers with christmas puddings and whatnot on is a new thing isn't it?

So really they are BU as this isn't a "normal" thing that most people have surely and will have to go out and buy that they don't even want or need etc

ElizabethHoover Fri 19-Dec-14 21:42:36

lol at 'mufti'

greenbananas Fri 19-Dec-14 21:42:57

emms,, I for one am not being judgmental about that!

my boys are generally dressed nearly head toe in asda George and stuff from h&m. I get what I can from charity shops, but simply cannot afford to get uppity about child labour most of the time, much as I wish I could. Same as I can't afford to buy ethically sourced food. I would like to. . but we all put out own children first.

If I had the time and money I would send my kids on Christmas jumpers. I don't want to buy unethical jumpers that only get worn once But I was secretly very ashamed of the felt tipped sorry effort my son wore last year (even though he was okay with it).

I didn't mean to make you feel bad, hope it wasn't me that prompted your terrible mother comment.

DangerousBeanz Fri 19-Dec-14 21:45:35

I had this last year, short notice and bought dd the last christmas jumper in the shop, in was two sizes too big. She wore it again today and will again next christmas after which I'll pass it onto a friend with a younger dd. I'll be scouring the charity shops the following January.

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