Friday, November 30, 2012

How to Dress for an Ugly Sweater Hanukkah Party


December always marks the arrival of loads of ugly tacky garish Christmas sweaters in department stores. So a Jewish entrepreneur asked why should Jews celebrating Hanukkah be denied the pleasure of giving ugly sweaters as gifts to friends and family? But where can you find ugly sweaters with Chanukah motifs? What to do if you're invited to an Ugly Sweater Chanukah party?

We found these questions challenging and thought-provoking, so we set about to do some research on the Internet. What we found was a sizable cult of people devoted to tracking down, buying, and wearing the ugliest sweaters that they could find and building a Christmas party around a contest for who has the ugliest of them all.

Carin Agiman of Santa Ana, California, the founder of Geltfiend.com, took the idea of designing and selling ugly Chanukah sweaters seriously and started a fundraising project on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.com to come up with $20,000 to start producing and marketing them. Her high hopes were met when 293 backers stepped up with donations ranging from $1 to $1,000 to kick start the project.

Are the sweaters really ugly? Well, you'll have to be the judge. Check out some of the designs above and the video that was used to get investors interested. Enjoy!

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