Holiday Traditions: An “Ugly” Christmas

by Chelsea Bliefernicht, Lifestyle Writer

Sometimes, family competition can take a turn for the ugly. Last year, my family decided to take this phrase literally.

It all started with a spur of the moment e-mail. My mom’s youngest sister announced that she and her family would be donning hideous Christmas sweaters to the family party. In true sibling rivalry style, word spread like wildfire and each sibling chimed in, claiming that their ensemble would be the ugliest of all. Within a matter of hours, it was agreed that Christmas would mark the first annual “Richter Ugly Sweater Christmas”.

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When it comes to the annual Richter Ugly Sweater Christmas, we are not talking about your run-of-the-mill ugly sweater party, filled with overpriced Ragstock finds. If the sweaters are not custom-sewn, garnished with garland, or attached to a battery pack, it is not up to our standards. Jingle bells and fringe receive extra style points, and inside jokes earn roars of laughter.

While this ugly sweater tradition is still in its infancy, I can only guarantee that each year to come will promise more outlandish (and potentially inappropriate) designs. Regardless, this new ugly competition has given me just one more reason to enjoy spending time with my family on the holidays.

Now, please excuse me while I go browse Pinterest for some ugly sweater “Pinspiration”.

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