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When is Christmas Jumper Day?
This year’s Christmas Jumper Day is Thursday 8th December.
Whether you find it fun or cringey, this day has become a solid part of Christmas celebrations. Millions of people around the UK celebrate Christmas jumper day, including politicians and celebrities, schools, workplaces and individuals, raising money for good causes.
What is Christmas Jumper Day?
Christmas Jumper Day is an annual charity event with 100% of proceeds going to the charity Save the Children.
All sorts of people wear their favourite Christmas jumpers to raise sponsorship and so far, 4 million pounds have been raised through this awareness day.
Not sure which Christmas jumper to buy? Here are some popular Christmas jumper types:
- The traditional – Nordic patterned, not too loud.
- Opposite to traditional – with slogans from the world of TV or films. Perhaps a Star Wars character instead of Father Christmas.
- Bright, busy and funny with a variety of themes. Maybe with flashing lights?!
- Homemade – get crafty and decorate your own jumper.
- Do you buy a new one each year or bring the same one out? The charity Save The Children (SCF) encourage people to reuse, buy from charity shops or decorate an existing one.
Get yourself in the Christmas spirit with a festive jumper. Photo by JESHOOTS.com.
Did you know these facts about Christmas Jumper Day??
- Christmas Jumper Day was initiated by SCF in December 2012 as a fun fundraising event, the money raised going to children in need in the UK and around the world. Since then it has raised around £4m!
- It is thought that originally these jumpers, thick and with bold designs, were knitted for fishermen from Scandinavia and Iceland before the twentieth century.
- In the first half of the 20th-century knitwear with bands of geometric patterns became common skiwear in Northern Europe, then Austria.
- Being associated with the healthy (and then affluent) sport of skiing these types of jumpers became appealing and certain actors (Ingrid Bergman, Clark Gable) started wearing them.
- Christmas themed jumpers continued to grow in popularity making more appearances in the 1950s and were perhaps made even more famous by Colin Firth wearing one as the character Mark Darcy in the 2001 film Bridget Jones’ Diary.
Where to wear your Christmas jumper?
- To work! A huge number of companies recognise Christmas Jumper Day and allow staff to wear their favourite Christmas jumper in return for some kind donations to Save the Children. It’s a great, fun way to bring the office together over the Christmas season!
You could even host a competition for best Christmas jumper! Check out our Christmas hampers here if you need a prize.
- At home. Snuggle up with the family and have a cozy movie night wearing your Christmas jumpers whilst watching a Christmas movie. It’s guaranteed to give you all that Christmassy feeling!
- Out and about. Show off your fabulous Christmas jumper whilst running errands and doing activities. What a brilliant way to spread the Christmas cheer. If you’d like to donate to Save the Children, you can make a pledge on the Save the Children website.
Christmas jumpers are made to be seen – spread Christmas cheer by wearing yours our and about. Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash.
Whichever type you decide to go for, we’d love to hear about it!
Better still, send us in a photo!
And look out for us on social media as we’ll certainly be wearing our Christmas jumpers on the 8th Dec!
All good fun for great causes!