Day 56

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Over the last couple of days I’ve developed a strange urge to own a Christmas jumper.

I’d never even heard of the concept until I saw ‘Bridget Jones Diary’ and had always dismissed the concept as an Americanism. But now they are a proper ‘thing’ in the UK.

I bought my daughter a cheap one from Primark last year and it did make Christmas morning that little bit more jolly, having her trotting about in it.

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(Although she changed out of it for Christmas dinner, we dress up in my family.)

I think one of the reasons I want one is it’s an excuse to buy another novelty round-necked sweater. I’m obsessed with them, particular ones by Marcus Lupfer and I loooong for a Bella Freud ‘Ginsberg is God’ jumper.

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With Christmas jumpers though, I waiver between wanting a ‘tasteful’ one, or really getting into the spirit of it and buying something crass in harsh acrylic.

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On the chicer side, I saw a really nice Clements Ribeiro one in TK Maxx today, with Christmas crackers on the front, but wobbled about buying it – then I came home and found the perfect excuse. Save the Children have declared December 12th ‘Christmas Jumper Day’.

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It’s the third year of the initiative and I’d never heard of it (which is what happens when you spend all your time working alone…). You pay £2 to take part, do fund raising activities – and this year the UK government is going to match every pound raised.

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I’m in. I’m going to get that jumper.

http://jumpers.savethechildren.org.uk/?sourcecode=W14011125&utm_campaign=cjd&utm_medium=ppc&utm_source=cjd14ppc&sissr=1

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If you like really bad Christmas jumpers, checkout this US site. You can even buy them…

http://www.myuglychristmassweater.com/

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3 thoughts on “Day 56

  1. Hi Maggie
    I’ve been a fan since your GW days, and have all your novels. I love your writing, but don’t often comment. Part of my take on the Gratitude thing is to make an effort to acknowledge and contibute comments to those writers/bloggers who add richness to my life.
    Your work has done that for many years!
    And, no from Sydney to the jumper, too Hot and I can’t come at the tshirts!
    Meg

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  2. Definitely acquire a Christmas jumper, it is Christmas after all. Brisbane will be way too hot for a Christmas jumper, but a Christmas frock is most certainly in order. Like your commentor Meg above, I cannot do the t-shirts either. I haven’t got time this year to create myself one so I did a reconnoitre in a large shopping centre yesterday, and came home thoroughly dispirited. After trawling though Sportscraft (where usually I want to buy all the things), Witchery, Trenery, Laura Ashley (another place that usually appeals), Jacqui E, Review, Jigsaw, Ted Baker (what was I thinking, I am clearly 2-3 decades too old, but how do the young things possibly afford it?) and both Myer and David Jones, I was thoroughly disappointed with current RTW offerings. Once home I flicked through my wardrobe and well, what do you know, I found at least three frocks that are Christmas Day contenders (i.e. festive colours, natural fibers, haven’t appeared at any previous Christmases). And the added bonus of when I flicked through I did some culling into the op-shop bag. Shopping my wardrobe and culling, I’m feeling very smug with myself!

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