The Christmas Jumper
The following articles deal with the donning of the Festive Jumper! A fashion must-have at this time of year?
WRITTEN BY Harriet Rackham
Personally, I’ve always treasured Christmas and everything about it. The songs, mince pies, advent calendars, Christmas adverts on television, decorating the Christmas tree and many other aspects. With the help of the Christmas John Lewis advert, I think it is my favourite holiday of the entire year. There’s nothing better than being all cosy in the living room with the fire on and a warm mug of tea in my hand. Additionally, on December 1st, I love browsing through my wardrobe and picking out which Christmas jumper I will wear, to mark truly, the official start of the holiday.
I don’t know what it is about Christmas jumpers, but they are just so comfortable and definitely make me feel more festive. Also, I think they give people a happier attitude and outlook on life, I mean, I’ve never seen an angry or annoyed person wearing a jolly Christmas jumper before. I usually get several new Christmas jumpers each year, sometimes as gifts and sometimes my own purchases. They can vary in colours and designs; one of my favourites is a grey Christmas jumper featuring a snowman with a white bobble.
Being a student and spending the majority of my money on Christmas presents for friends and family, I try and get my jumpers fairly reasonable priced. The best shops are Primark, H&M and New Look; during November and December these retailers stock a wide range of Christmas outfits that are suited for all. My nanny purchased a Christmas jumper for me from Primark, with penguins and Christmas presents on it, and it was only £8.
I understand that some people may not want to wear the Christmas jumpers that are too ‘way out’, with giant designs and vibrant colours. However, there are some very minimal jumpers which are just as elegant as the other ones.
To conclude, I do not think Christmas would be the same for me if I didn’t wear one of my favourite Christmas jumpers. It is part of how I’ve been brought up. It adds to the overall Christmas joy for me and I think it is absolutely the right choice of fashion.
WRITTEN BY LEANNE ARNOLD
Haha, oh the Christmas jumper debate. I think it is fair to say that there are a few people with opinions that would support that it is wrong… Look, I absolutely love the Christmas jumper! It’s a time of year when, for many of us, we let our hair down and enjoy time with family and friends. I’ve always experienced Christmas as a fun and enjoyable holiday. If it gives me an excuse to wear a silly and loud jumper, then I’m all for it! For me, growing up wearing a Christmas jumper during the festive holiday was always something I wanted to be a part of; whether this be at home, in school, or out and about with friends.
It was not until last year that I actually had my very own extravagant Christmas jumper bought for me by my mum! She also bought herself and my step-dad one too. It’s safe to say we looked silly, but it was another aspect of Christmas to look forward to. I think the Christmas jumper can aid you in getting stuck into the spirit of Christmas! Take the Weasley family from the famous Harry Potter films and books; they always had their very own hand-made knitted Christmas jumpers with their initials on. I fondly remember the excitement and enjoyment when Harry learnt that Mrs. Weasley had knitted him one too!
I don’t think in today’s society we need an excuse to wear extravagant and individual clothing. However, for those who may lack the confidence in doing so, maybe this year buy a cheeky Christmas jumper and experience the joy it brings to yourself, family, and friends! Heck, you can even buy your very own Weasley jumper now! Happy festivities!
WRITTEN BY KAY SABERTON
There has always been a festive debate surrounding the Christmas jumper – to wear, or not to wear. For me though, it is always a resounding yes, and here’s why.
Firstly, they suit everyone. The variety of colours and patterns is astounding. You sometimes see a jumper that is so hideous, you think nobody could possibly pull it off, but they do. The uglier the better in fact! There is nothing more comical than a friend or relative squeezed into the most hideous looking fabric and not looking happy about having done so. Last year, I remember sporting the worst Christmas jumper to date, a snowman with a carrot nose that stuck out three inches from the jumper. Let’s just say that I got a lot of funny looks that day, but it was all in the name of charity.
Secondly, they make people smile. I think we can all agree that it’s the little things in life that make us smile the most, and the faithful Christmas jumper never disappoints. You’ve had a terrible morning, day, week. But then you see the cheeriest man you have ever seen strutting down the path with the ghastliest looking Christmas jumper you have ever seen. Or a very sweet toddler engulfed by an enormous reindeer Christmas jumper, and you cannot help but smile. It is impossible to find something as jolly and heart-warming as the Christmas jumper. They brighten up everyone’s day and are therefore, a Christmas must.
Lastly, what do people wear on Christmas day, if not a Christmas jumper? It’s just like any other day - without looking down and seeing a carrot or a set of antlers protruding from your person. Family competitions over who has the best (or worst) Christmas jumper can also get very competitive and amusing over Christmas dinner. I can’t see why anyone would choose not to wear one as they are not only bright, and fun, but also amusing and cheerful for everyone. The Christmas jumper has become the epitome of festive celebrations as you cannot escape seeing one.
I instantly smile at the thought of knowing that there will be countless hideous Christmas jumpers on Christmas day and that they will bring a smile to someone’s face. After all, that is reason enough to wear a Christmas jumper.