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Jumper joy

December 16, 2013

I can’t quite believe that Christmas jumpers are in this year, despite the fact that both Child One and Child Two want one (they NEVER want the same thing usually) and despite seeing them in every shop window/magazine feature/and actually even on real live ‘normal’ people walking around town.

Aren’t Christmas jumpers the last word in naff, as in Colin Firth resplendent in his Rudolph jumper at Bridget Jones’s parents’  notorious turkey buffet? Though I do think Colin just about managed to pull it off, but that was only because he is Colin Firth. No one else, surely, can get away with robins, reindeers, snowflakes, Santas or even hectic nordic patterns?

After staggering around Bluewater on Saturday with the girls, I was more convinced than ever that the Christmas jumper fetish was some sort of global post-modern irony thing. They loomed out at me from every window, hugely expensive, wearable for about two weeks now, and just completely silly. All right, I know there was a big charity fundraising thingy last week, and of course I’m all in favour of that, but actually putting on one of these woolly abominations? No.

Then, yesterday, I finally thought the girls had seen sense. We were talking, yet again, about festive jumpers. ‘But it’s only ten days till Christmas!’ I said, exasperated. ‘Oh yes, you’re right,’ said Child One, an expression of enlightenment all over her lovely face. ‘So you’ve seen sense, you realise you could only wear it for less than a fortnight, and you don’t want one any more?’ I said, leaning forward. ‘No, I just realised that the ones in Jack Wills will be reduced on Boxing Day. So I’ll get one then,’ she said with a radiant smile. Sigh.

Colin: deer oh deer

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  • little red hen December 17, 2013 at 12:49 am

    There’s a radio station around here that has a contest for the ugliest Christmas sweater. I can’t imagine what the prize would be.

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 8, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Maybe two??

  • naomi December 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Your daughter is very clever. I would not pay full price for anything given the sales are coming up.

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 8, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Yes, she is a little smarticle. Come to think of it, I don’t think she has bought one so maybe her moment of madness has passed!

  • Suburbia December 19, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Yes, at our age,they have been in and out of fashion too many times to possibly be cool again!

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 8, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      That’s definitely my view! But, seeing people walking around still wearing Rudolph well into January, it looks like we might be outnumbered 🙂

  • janerowena December 21, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I did find myself contemplating an amazingly naff and cheap Christmas jumper for my son a couple of weeks ago – (be warned, they have an awful lot of themed nights out at uni, I have spent a whole day on Ebay finding and bidding for anything rubiks cube related) but then thankfully remembered the icelandic wool sweater I bought him two years ago in various shades of scandinoir greys. I sent him two black buttons and a strip of orange velvet, told him to sew them on and go to the party as ‘spot the snowman in the freezing fog’.

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 8, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      Ha! I love it. Though I’m a bit disturbed by the thought that I might have to carry on sourcing fancy dress items even when they’re at uni!