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Bad Taste, All In Fun
New York Times, by Guy Trebay

Original Article

Posted By:PageTurner, 12/16/2012 12:56:41 AM

WHEN did it first start, the moment when the holiday sweater morphed from seasonal horror to cultural touchstone, an article of outrageously bad knitwear as popular among Williamsburg beard farmers as the Metamucil set? Was it when the Mistletoe Conspiracy caroled about the ugly Christmas sweater in a YouTube video? (“It’s ugly and it’s itchy, it’s frightening to children, Andy Williams wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole.”) Was it when Ugly Sweater 5K runs became regular events, like those this fall in cities like Memphis, Chicago and Denver?

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In which the Times expresses its lip-curdling, nose-wrinkling disdain for the colorful Christmas sweaters of flyover country and puts forward its preferred tasteful Nordic models as substitutes. To heck with them, people wear Christmas sweaters when it´s Christmas!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: jl80863, 12/16/2012 2:13:07 AM     (No. 9068528)

The NYT, they only write about "important" things.


Reply 2 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 12/16/2012 2:58:07 AM     (No. 9068545)

But in the UK´s Telegraph:

"How Christmas jumpers* came in from the cold:
Novelty knitwear has been resurrected from naff to this season’s must-have"

http://tinyurl.com/d8vdqx2

My new Christmas jumper is a T-shirt bearing the greeting, "Merry Christmas, Y´All!" And my new earrings are rather large pink flamingos wearing Santa hats and fluffy pink, glittery feathery stuff, and have dangly legs Repurposed tree ornaments from Michael´s. I´m saving those and the singing, dancing Christmas hat with flashing lights for the day before the therapy pool shuts down for the holidays. Take that you Red-Hat women!

*For those who are not bilingual, a UK "jumper" is a US "sweater." A US "jumper" is a UK "pinafore dress." A US eggplant is a UK "aubergine." Don´t get me started.


   

 

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rather Read, 12/16/2012 6:22:11 AM     (No. 9068617)

I have a rather extensive collection of Christmas tree pins. If I´m ever in New York, I´ll wear my biggest, gaudiest one to this author´s office and scare him out of his panties.


Reply 4 - Posted by: JAN, 12/16/2012 8:49:23 AM     (No. 9068790)

Daughter just ran in the Denver Ugly Christmas Sweater event. They were asked to bring toys as this event was sponsored by the Toys for Tots program of the US Marines.

Perhaps the ugly undercurrent of the article was really an attack on our Marines.

With the NYSlimes, you just assume their hate knows no bounds.


Reply 5 - Posted by: ramona, 12/16/2012 9:03:20 AM     (No. 9068816)

FTA: "“Christmas, in some senses, is so serious, and for the younger generation, it’s a chance to make light of it and lessen the heaviness of it as a religious holiday,” Mr. Mendelsohn said.

What?!

The most devoted Christians I know have never approached Christmas with "heaviness." It´s the most light-hearted of holy days, even for those of us who celebrate the birth of Christ, not some secular gift-buying frenzy. These New York sophisticates are beyond hope.
Ramona (the Pest)


Reply 6 - Posted by: Starfire, 12/16/2012 4:29:32 PM     (No. 9069563)

I partial to red year-round and I live in the warm-weather south. My solution to ´festivizing´ my wardrobe for the season is to add inexpensive Christmas scarves to my blouses. I clip them on with the Christmas brooches my grandkids have been putting in my stocking every year since they were toddlers. My 15yo grandson has excellent taste in crystal snowflakes.

It´s all about making memories with and for those we love.



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