Amongst all the many Christmas traditions, wearing a cosy festive jumper has to be up there with one of our favourites. Each year, as the tradition becomes more popular, the range of Christmas adorned jumpers and clothing becomes even wider. With everything from candy cane headbands, to Christmas pudding socks, dressing up as if you've come straight out of Whoville has never been easier. Made even more famous by the likes of Renee Zellwegger and Colin Firth in 'Bridget Jones's Diary', and often branded with catchy film lines like 'Merry Christmas ya filthy animal,' it's easy to think that putting on a jumper has always been about celebration. But, the tradition of wearing a festive jumper during the Christmas period is actually believed to have started in the 19th century in Scandinavia and Iceland, as a way to cope with the harsh winters.
Following the popularity of Christmas jumpers, the charity Save the Children launched their very first 'Christmas Jumper Day' in 2012 with the hopes of fundraising. Children in schools across the nation and adults in all work places were encouraged to dig out their most festive jumpers and accessories and make a minimum donation of £1. Adopting the tagline 'Make the World Better with a Sweater,' it is thought that 'Christmas Jumper Day' has raised £25.1 million for Save the Children so far.
Whilst traditionally celebrated on December 14th, this year Friday 11th December was the chosen day. If, however, like us you've chosen to put on your Christmas Jumpers at a later date, here's a list of our 10 favourite Christmas jumpers (in no particular order) available to purchase this year!
1) Christmas tree Jumper- from Boohoo £20
2) 'Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal' Jumper- from Boohoo Man £15
3) 'I don't do matching sweaters' matching jumpers- Etsy £28
4) 'It's Lit' Jumper in black or red- PrettyLittleThing £18
5) Retro Gaming Jumper- Burton £16
6) Matching Reindeer Jumpers- Etsy £11.90
7) Family of Snowmen Jumpers- Amazon from £19.99
8) Kids Reindeer Jumper- Next £17
9) Kids 'Quarantine Christmas Crewe' Jumper- Ebay £17.99
10) 'This is my Christmas jumper' jumper- Etsy £18.95