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Ugly Sweaters Emerge as Christmas Traditions

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Ugly Christmas sweaters have been on the rise ever since the release of a well known Christmas movie.  “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” marked the commonality of Christmas sweaters, showing people that they were a great way of showing “Christmas spirit” and cheer.

There’s something about ugly and itchy Christmas sweaters that emulates what we need around the holidays: a warm and an unserious joyful feeling. Christmas season can be very stressful, so having an easy, joyful way to spread happiness is super cool. Also, Christmas sweaters can just make someone smile, and make someone’s day. We always get a laugh when someone wears the most horrendous looking Christmas sweater.

We think that tacky Christmas sweaters are a great way for people to connect with each other, and to see who has the most “ugly” or “tacky” sweater. We also enjoy that it’s a great way to remind people of some Christmas movies like “Elf” or “Home Alone” that have the main characters on the sweater. 

Many sweaters aren’t even holiday themed, they can have references to other media like movies, books or shows, or other pop culture references; they don’t need to be holiday-themed to work as an ugly Christmas sweater.  Some Christmas sweaters also have dad jokes on them, which can add another layer of humor to the ugly sweater. The ugly Christmas sweater is a diverse fashion item, and should not be discounted.

 An ugly Christmas sweater party is a popular type of function around the holidays for friends and families alike, bringing people together to celebrate the holidays. Many people get together to show off their ugly sweaters, and often hold a contest for which party guests have the ugliest or most entertaining/amusing.

Ugly Christmas sweaters are a deserving staple of the Christmas season. Overall it’s a great way to get into the holiday mood, adding to the cheer of Christmas. And they’re a great way to bring people together during the holiday season.

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Jackson Speers, Reporter
Jackson Speers is a senior at Rockbridge County and a first year reporter for the Prowler. Speers is stoked to be on the journalism team and is ready to, “drop some heat.” He’s a part of Rockbridge’s lacrosse team, as well as a part of FCCLA, Ystreet, NHS, and is the Class of 2024 President. In his free time, Speers enjoys collecting rocks and searching for purpose in the stars. After he graduates he will strive to achieve his dream of becoming a renowned Opera singer.  

Gardner Clement, Reporter
Junior Gardner Clement is a first-year reporter for the Prowler. Clement is very excited to create some banger articles and videos. Clement is in journalism because he wants to learn about writing formal news articles, and learning how to film and edit videos. When Clement is “off the clock,” he is playing basketball, or hanging out with friends. Clement also enjoys playing disc golf with the fellas, and staying on that Fortnite grind. Clement participates in the Outing Club, and the Spikeball Club. Clement is very excited to be on the Prowler Staff, and is very grateful for the opportunity. 

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