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By the Numbers: Ugly Holiday Sweaters

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Winter is here, and so are the holidays! What better way to celebrate than with an ugly holiday sweater?

The original holiday sweater trend started in the 1950s. Called “Jingle Bell Sweaters,” these early garments were simple knitted sweaters with winter scenes like ice-skating or Christmas trees. Since the 1980s, wearing wacky and tacky sweaters to celebrate the winter holidays has swept the country.

Today’s sweaters can be over the top with silly sayings, characters, and even extra sparkles and lights!

Read on to learn more about this wacky tradition. Then plug in the numbers to solve the equation below and reveal a final fact.


Estimated value of the ugly holiday sweater market


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Percent of people who celebrate National Ugly Sweater Day on the 3rd Friday in December


Percent growth in the ugly sweater market between 2012 and 2015


Cost to design your own ugly sweater at

Courtesy of Tipsy Elves (sweater)