Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Ugly Sweater Day

Today is ugly sweater day at the boys high school.

It got me thinking about the first ugly sweater day when Son #1 was in Grade 8.
The night before (because why give the parents any time to prepare) he announced the event and what did we have in our closets that he could wear?
"Not much" was the answer. (we give away to Salvation Army, the homeless shelters and The Boys and Girls Club.)

Could we look anyway?

After digging through drawers and closets I came up with a sweater that I thought might work but was unsure as I didn't think it was ugly and had worn it only a few months prior.
It was dark green heavy knitted wool with an over-all pattern of leaves in gold, rust, brown with some black and red shots of color.  Very woodsy looking.

"Yes!" he exclaimed, "that's great".  

I was perplexed because as I  mentioned before it was one I still wore.  
Not to worry though, the kid was happy that he had something to wear to school  and get points for participating. 

That night over dinner I casually asked how ugly sweater day  was.

"I won", he said.

"You had the ugliest sweater in your class?!!? ' I said incredulously.

"No", he said, "in the school".

Today is ugly sweater day at the high school.  Both of my boys are wearing one of my sweaters and both expect to win.

"In your thank you acceptance speech, please let everyone know that your mom gets the worst Christmas gifts ever and that these sweaters are living proof."

...and please don't tell them that I still wear these sweaters.


Razmataz said...

Ok, we want to see it modelled now!

OneCraftyFox said...

I love that you donate ugly sweaters to the Salvation Army... that's what it's all about. lol

And I love even more that your son won with a sweater you still wore.

But now, my dear, we need pics :P

Happy holidays Joy!!

xoxo Diana

Mark said...

You poor thing! And as Chania said, I want to see you in them.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I too call for photos, photos, PHOTOS!!!!

Glamour Drops said...

What on earth is an ugly sweater day??? Is it a ritual at the end of the year in all schools, or just this one? Sounds the most fun idea. Virginia xx

ps - glad to know you are holding up the 1st prize!

Vicki Wenderlich said...

Haha, that got a laugh out of me. Makes me wonder what clothes of mine my kids (I don't have any yet!) will think is totally ugly when they are that age!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

OH Joy......

Gary's third pottery blog said...

shoot, coincidence, I know this Vicki for real, I think....

Joyful Things said...

Ugly Sweater Day is held on the last day of school before Christmas break. It is a fun way to get the students to bond, unwind and promote school pride and participation. They watch movies, have crazy contests like the sweater thing, gym ball-cart races, etc. and get to know each other a bit better. Some people go out specifically to buy an ugly sweater (maybe some of my cast- offs). My boys just shop in my closet.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I have to say, this is the funniest thing I have read in a long time!!! Please post photos for the rest of us!
Merry Christmas!