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Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Each year during the holidays, we celebrate National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.

Everyone has one in their closet, but few would care to admit it. A good sweater can draw a smile or a smirk. A great one can get a belly laugh. They’re the perfect accouterment for a special Holiday Party.

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.

When is Ugly Christmas Sweater Day?

Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is celebrated every year on the third Friday of December. In 2023, the celebration falls on Friday, December 15.

How did the Holiday Start?

The Ugly Christmas Sweater trend started in the 1980s. Chevy Chase is credited with popularizing the sweater in the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

It became the kind of an ironic statement to rail against all the grunge and punk black and gray clothing trends.

It’s believed that the first Ugly Christmas Party took place in Vancouver, Canada, in the early 2000s. Everyone enjoyed the party, and it became a yearly event.

Revelers were encouraged to wear their most hideous Christmas sweaters on Christmas Eve or party nights. Many used batteries to display tiny Christmas lights.

Christmas Sweaters For Pet

Today, you can buy an ugly Christmas sweater for your dog, cat, or children. You can purchase a full suit or even an adult romper. There are wine bottle cozies designed to look like sweaters.

There are gift bags with ugly Christmas sweater prints. You can find figurines, can covers, golf club head covers, and much more. There are even licensed sweaters from the NHL, NFL, NBA, and MLB.

Sweater Captions for Instagram

1.) Fleece Navidad.

2.) Joy to the Wool.

3.) The uglier the sweater, the better the party. Watch out Vogue, here I come.

4.) All I want for Christmas… well, it wasn’t this sweater.

5.) These sweaters look better when we wear them together.

6.) Up to snow good, again.

7.) Sleigh all day and all of the night.

Fleece Navidad.

Party Captions

8.) Be jolly by golly.

9.) Santa’s little helper.

10.) It might be cold outside, but not inside, with this sweater on.

11.) Underneath the mistletoe is getting crowded… just sayin’.

12.) Really sleighing it in this ugly Christmas sweater.

13.) Have a cool yule.

14.) Christmas is Clause for Celebration.

15.) ‘Tis the season to sleigh.

16.) Eat, drink, and wear your tacky Christmas sweater.

17.) Bah Humbug!

18.) I should be down under the tree to remind everyone that I’m a gift.

19.) Resting Grinch face.

20.) Dear Santa, define “good.”

21.) We’re saving Santa the trip by being naughty.

22.) A lost Claus.

Cozy Captions

23.) Comfort and joy.

24.) It’s sweater weather!

25.) It’s a wonderful life.

26.) I chose this sweater over a fruitcake… go figure.

27.) Just here for Xmas cookies and milk.

28.) Time to take an elfie.

29.) Sweater weather mood.

30.) Hugs, wishes, and mistletoe kisses!

31.) Fall, sweater, leaves, and lattes.

Funny Sweater Captions

32.) Rocking around the Christmas tree with this sweater.

33.) I believe in Santa just because.

34.) I can’t tell if that ugly sweater is hurting my ears or my eyes.

35.) Believe it or not, we woke up like this.

36.) Another day, another sweater, and a pumpkin spice latte.

37.) Some are born with a fashion sense, while others achieve it.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Jokes

38.) So, I pulled on some tinsel on my favorite Ugly Christmas Sweater and lost the top of the tree. Oops, wrong thread.

39.) My girlfriend is always wearing my t-shirts and borrowing my Ugly Christmas Sweaters. But I wear one of her dresses, and she’s like, “we need to talk.”

40.) I was asked to bring an ugly sweater to a Christmas Party, but my ex-girlfriend already had plans.

41.) All our sweaters are available in loud, kitschy, or gaudy.

42.) Life is like an ugly Christmas sweater. I want to get rid of it, but it would just make my Grandmother sad.

43.) All I want for Christmas is an ugly sweater said no one ever.

44.) There are many kinds of vests that protect you. Life vests protect you from drowning. Bulletproof vests protect you from getting shot. Reflective vests protect you from getting hit when you are walking at night. And Ugly Christmas Sweater vests protect you from women.

45.) Let’s celebrate. It’s National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day! Time to pretend you are wearing one, ironically.

46.) Why do bears wear fur coats? Because they would look silly in the woods in an Ugly Christmas Sweater.

47.) An Ugly Christmas Sweater I bought was picking up a lot of static electricity. So, I brought it back to the store, and they gave me another one free of charge.

Wengie “Ugly Christmas Sweater” Music Video

Quotes About Ugly Christmas Sweaters

48.) Purchase a special Christmas sweater and wear it often.

49.) There are more lights on that sweater than there are on your Christmas Tree.

50.) That’s not an Ugly Christmas Sweater. It’s a Craft Project gone totally wrong.
Jonathan Winters

51.) Wear the ugly sweater, flaunt the ugly sweater, and embrace the ugly sweater.

52.) If you are a dog and your owner suggests you wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater, suggest that he wears a tail.
Fran Lebowitz

53.) Let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater. 
The Neighbourhood

54.) Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal! 
Home Alone 2

55.) Christmas waves a magic wand, and behold, everything is softer and beautiful.
Norman Vincent Peale

56.) The best way to spread holiday cheer is by singing out loud for all to hear.
Buddy the Elf

Sayings on Ugly Christmas Sweaters

57.) Straight Outta North Pole!

58.) Merry Christmas and Happy New York! (Visual of King Kong wearing a Santa Hat on the Empire State Building.)

59.) Happy Pizzamas!

60.) Now That’s Ugly.

61.) Die Hard is an Elfing Christmas Movie!

62.) Fleece Navidad.

63.) Christmas sweaters are beautiful in their own little ways. 

64.) Reindeer Tastes Just Like Chicken.

65.) Merry Christmas – Ya Precious Snowflake.

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Cheer and Puns

66.) It’s officially ugly Xmas sweater weather.

67.) Meet me under the mistletoe.

68.) Up to snow good.

69.) Warning: This could be ugly.

70.) Just here for the Christmas cookies.


71.) #uglysweater

72.) #christmassweater

73.) #uglysweater

74.) #uglyChristmassweaterparty

75) #christmastime

Celebrity Fans of Ugly Sweaters

It’s time to celebrate the holiday season, and no one is better at celebrating than celebrities. And they love Ugly Christmas Sweaters, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest wear them on Live with Kelly and Ryan. Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds like to kid with each other and wear Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

Big fans include David Beckham, Kevin Hart, Tori Spelling, Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey, John Legend, Whoopi Goldberg, Meghan Trainor, Matt Damon, Kelly Clarkson, and more. Taylor Swift even celebrates her 30th birthday in an Ugly Christmas Sweater.

The bottom line, you can’t go wrong at a holiday gathering by wearing a truly Ugly Christmas Sweater. It makes a definite statement and will be a conversation starter.

By T. R. Moodie & Mike O’Halloran

T.R. Moodie used to have a bunch of Ugly Christmas Sweaters; he doesn’t have any now. He gave them to his children. His favorite featured “Spuds Mackenzie,” the spokesdog for Bud Lite and billed as “The Original Party Animal.” Mike’s favorite is “The Dude” from The Big Lebowski.


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