So I mentioned a couple of weeks back that I did not see any ugly sweaters for sale in the stores yet, fast forward to Thursday last week and there they were loads of them yes an ugly sweater explosion in front of me, and needless to say those ugly sweaters had the right amount of tackiness to them.

Here is a little history on when the ugly sweater came to be. Ugly Christmas sweaters made their popular appearance in the 50’s with the mass commercialization of Christmas. They were first known as “Jingle Bell Sweaters”, and featured discrete Christmas themed decorations. The original ugly Christmas sweaters were never intended to be “ugly” they were actually pretty artistic and joyful.

The character that popularized weird sweaters with strange patterns was Cliff Huxtable from The Cosby Show. By the end of the decade, it was common for conductors of Christmas special shows to wear them.

During the nineties, the style winded down, but never died. The turning point was when the character Mark Darcy got shamed in the 2001 film Bridget Jone’s Diary (FYI Love that movie!) with one of the most out-of-place designs to be seen on screen. Designers were hand-knitting one-of-a-kind sweaters!

After that, ugly jerseys stepped into the XXI century with renewed strength.

The trend had a modest presence in the media until the 80’s, when it became popular on TV.

If you're wondering why the ugly Christmas sweater trend started and isn't going anywhere well here's your answer.

According to a new survey of single people, 96% say ugly Christmas sweaters are a turn on.

And they say wearing an ugly sweater shows that someone has a good sense of humor and they're open to meeting people.

There's more:  42% of people who don't usually make the first move say they're more likely to start a conversation with someone if they can use their ugly sweater as an ice breaker.

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