The “Ugly” Christmas Sweater Trend
Not that they are necessarily ugly……….
I do enjoy the mocking and ridiculing that is taking place in this current generation of 20 and early 30–something year olds.
In the 1980s, haughty white women wore similar Christmas sweaters (and snooty white identified women). White women at white collar work, PTA mothers, teachers, etc all strutted around with their little Christmas sweater as if it was handmade lace made by blind nuns under duress, during the French Revolution.
I was young and struggling in the 1980s and could not imagine having a Christmas sweater for the simple fact that such a sweater was a luxury. First, they were somewhat pricey. Second, they could only be worn during the Christmas season. If I had the cash to buy a sweater, it would have to be one that I could utilize in January and February as well.
Nevertheless, today something made me question my initial acceptance of this new meme of wearing the “Ugly” Christmas sweater. I thought, “Okay, they are mocking the archetypal woman [their mothers] of yesteryear who used to wear such sweaters, seriously and with a purpose. Then I thought, aren’t they now also sort of like those women.” There is something there. I cannot quite put my finger on it. It is as if mocking is the new haughty. As if you have to be privilege in the first place in order to mock. Do you have the money to search thrift stores for “Ugly” Christmas sweaters? Do you have the money to waste a perfectly good solid colored sweater by decorating it with Christmas appliqué that you purchased at Wal-mart and/or fabric stores? Some Christmas appliqué are priced as high as $10.00 apiece. Everyone knows an “Ugly” Christmas sweater cannot be officially “Ugly” until it is adorned with at least six Christmas appliqués.
I want to feel the fun in it, especially when I see women that I like participating in the event and having fun. But, something doesn’t feel right about the whole thing. It is like the 20-30-somethings are wearing the “Ugly” Christmas sweaters for the same reason their mothers did but have found a way to camouflage [mitigate?] the extravagance in doing so.
And, it does not take much prodding to get men to join in on the fun as well.
I guess, I just don’t think the joke is that funny.