Published on December 16th, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
National Christmas Jumper Day
Today is National Christmas Jumper Day. This annual event raises money for Save the Children and has been running since 2012.
Make the World Better with a Sweater
All over the country today, in many schools, offices and even at home, people will be getting their favourite Christmas jumper out and donating money to save children’s lives.
When Did This Christmas Jumper Craze Start?
Many of us remember Christmases gone by, watching old crooners like Bing Crosby or Val Doonican singing festive tunes in their hand knitted sweaters by the fire. We were probably all guilty of wearing what would now be considered to be a Christmas jumper back then, but didn’t actually know it.
The current popularity of the Christmas jumper appears to have begun as we reached the Millennium. When and where it originated is open to debate, yet it would appear around this time Ugly Christmas Jumper parties became popular in North America, particularly in Canada.
Students would hunt through their parent’s wardrobes and charity shops to find the cheesiest, most hideous Christmas themed jumpers to wear. Retailers soon caught on to this craze and began selling Christmas jumpers to meet the demand.
Whether you think of it as chintz or ironic chic, today, high street stores and top fashion designers all have Christmas jumper ranges. Each year they get more extravagant and designs have incorporated LED lights and even 3D fireplaces. In the UK, 41% of us own a Christmas themed jumper and across London and Wales this number increases to 50%.
Is Your Workplace Taking Part?
Whilst many workplaces are happy for their staff to be involved, others find it inappropriate. In Greater Manchester, local jobcentres are not taking part this year. Managers deem it unprofessional to wear jovial jumpers when working with vulnerable people on the poverty line.
In Edinburgh last week, staff on Lothian Buses were told they could not wear themed jumpers and Santa hats when they are driving. However, the company are allowing drivers to dress up from December 19th for charity, including the city’s famous bus Santa who makes an appearance behind the wheel every year.
Double Up National Christmas Jumper Day with the Office Christmas Party
National Christmas Jumper Day is the ideal time to also hold your office Christmas party. If you haven’t arranged your office party yet, here at the Post Office Shop we have a wide range of Christmas Catering supplies to get your party started.
How to Get Involved with National Christmas Jumper Day
If you have not been able to take part in National Christmas Jumper Day today, you can still make a donation to Save the Children. For further details, visit the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day website here.