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To not get the Christmas jumper thing?

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jollyfrenchy Tue 15-Dec-15 23:20:16

I don't get it. It seems to be the assumption now that everyone has a Christmas jumper. I don't spend a lot on clothes for myself or my kids (they have plenty of clothes though!) and object to paying £8-£15 for a jumper they can only wear for a couple of weeks, and which I don't even like! Their school has 'christmas jumper day', luckily I got them both one in the market second hand stall for £1.

On Christmas Day, we wear smart party clothes, just like we always did when I was a kid. Does anyone else still do that or does everyone wear silly jumpers now??? My girls have some lovely dresses they never get to wear so Christmas is one of the rare times they can dress up.

ghnocci Tue 15-Dec-15 23:24:50

Yanbu. It's just a big fat bandwagon for people with no imagination. It wasn't a thing until about 5 years ago.

BadlyBehavedShoppingTrolley Tue 15-Dec-15 23:30:24

How funny, I'd noticed that the shops were full of Christmas jumpers this year, and it's the first year I've been back in the UK after a few years living abroad. It definitely wasn't a thing when I left!

GiddyOnZackHunt Tue 15-Dec-15 23:34:20

Yanbu. I had the same grumble this evening. I'd rather do silly deely boppers and give a fiver to charity than a diver to Tesco and a quid to charity.

Perfectlypurple Tue 15-Dec-15 23:39:26

My work is having a Christmas jumper day - but we still have to wear our uniform underneath. You have to donate £2 to our charity of choice. I will be paying to not wear a Christmas jumper. The uniform is hot and horrible at the best of times.

TheHouseOnTheLane Tue 15-Dec-15 23:42:14

We just used to have a "Christmas Hat" thing where all the kids (or rather their Mum and Dad!) used to have to decorate a hat with a Christmas theme at home and then bring it to school on the day of the party.

It was great! Cheap and easy.

hiddenhome2 Wed 16-Dec-15 04:57:11

They're horrible and naff.

schokolade Wed 16-Dec-15 05:01:59

If I had a younger DC I'd just buy some felt, cut out a Christmas tree shape and pin it on a normal jumper. Appreciate an older DC wouldn't be impressed though grin

CarlaJones Wed 16-Dec-15 05:06:29


Senpai Wed 16-Dec-15 05:21:40

YANBU. They make me look like a pudgy marshmallow. I refuse to partake in ugly sweater parties.

VashtaNerada Wed 16-Dec-15 05:31:35

It's a new thing (who'd have thought Christmas jumpers would be back in fashion!!). I agree it's a lot of money for something that will be worn twice at best and will have been outgrown by next year.

mouldycheesefan Wed 16-Dec-15 06:09:50

Although my dds has been wearing her Christmas jumper since September...

Redglitter Wed 16-Dec-15 06:11:47

It's another 'thing'
Like Christmas Eve boxes and those bloody elves.

Yet another way to get money.

Ninkynonkrinkydonk Wed 16-Dec-15 06:13:50

I work with small kids and when I wore a Christmas jumper the other day, they were so happy! So yabu grin

mouldycheesefan Wed 16-Dec-15 06:17:13

It's nice for Kids but for adults I am with the op I am not a fan. They are fun but nobody looks good in them.

echt Wed 16-Dec-15 06:28:08

I left the UK about ten years ago and this was not a thing.

However Australian Op shops are a haven of cast-off Christmas jumpers, all in adult sizes, presumably for Christmas in July parties. Also full of Kath and Kim-type apparel.

orlakielyimnot Wed 16-Dec-15 06:33:59

I only noticed this about 3 years ago. I finaly bought one this year. We're in southern England and it's been too warm for anything with a wool content! Mine is not silly but fair isle so could theoretically be worn all winter. Perhaps I should send it up north!

teafor1 Wed 16-Dec-15 06:35:31

I'm with you op. My kids are also having a Christmas jumper day and I am not spending £20-30 on clothes they will wear twice! It pisses me off that the school expects the kids all have them. I have no idea what to send them in wearing. As much as I dislike the concept I don't want them to feel left out.

tobysmum77 Wed 16-Dec-15 06:35:49

Yanbu. I don't own one and have no intention of changing that. We just dress normally at Christmas.

KateBeckett Wed 16-Dec-15 06:40:54

I love my (many) Christmas jumpers, and wear them a lot in December, naff or not I don't care!

But I have had the same ones for years, before it became a big 'thing' so I can understand people's frustration if it's not something you would normally do!

TuckingFablet Wed 16-Dec-15 06:48:18

I love my Christmas jumpers. I wear them all through December and I don't care if I look stupid. I don't buy myself much, but I do treat myself to a new festive jumper each year. This year I have a Home Alone one that says "merry Christmas you filthy animals" I also have a doctor who and a Star Wars themed one grin

pictish Wed 16-Dec-15 07:03:34

Yanbu - our school has 'Christmas jumper day' in which kids can come to school in Christmas jumpers.

It's just another interesting and purposeful use of all the oodles of spare cash we all have. Why not spend it on three novelty jumpers to be worn for one morning at school? Everyone else is doing it and your kids will feel left out if you don't comply.

What? It's fun.


confusedandemployed Wed 16-Dec-15 07:10:56

What redglitter said.

Although I have succumbed to a Christmas Eve box for DD, cos that's the sort of thing I'd have loved as a kid.

tobysmum77 Wed 16-Dec-15 07:12:18

I stand up for anyone's rights to wear what they want. If you want to wear one lovely but being forced to wear them is hmm

Mamadothehump Wed 16-Dec-15 07:17:37

So don't wear them. Dress your kids in what you/they want on Christmas Day. Can't see the point in being bothered about it really.

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