One of the newest traditions that’s now an integral part of many people’s countdown to Christmas is Christmas Jumper Day, which takes place this year on Friday 16 December. The initiative first came about as a fundraising idea for Save The Children in 2012, and it’s a great way for people in the workplace and school kids to have a bit of fun and raise money for the important work that Save The Children does around the globe.
Anyone going to work or school in a Christmas jumper on 16 December makes a donation – the suggested minimum amount is £1 for school children and £2 for employees. But while the day raises a significant amount for Save The Children, the retailers who supply the jumpers don’t do too badly out of the day either. According to research from Voucherbox, the voucher discount website, it’s estimated that Brits spend an average of £262.8 million a year on Christmas jumpers, with those surveyed willing to pay an average of £29.60 on their knitted novelty item.
Lots of celebs have taken part in previous Christmas Jumper Days and this year will be no exception. Even the Windsors have got involved – or at least their waxwork copies at Madame Tussauds have. The wax figures of the Queen, Prince Philip, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were all fitted with garish winter woollies to launch the Christmas Jumper Day campaign this December.
— Visit London (@visitlondon) December 9, 2016
Tips on Styling Your Christmas Jumper Outfit
- Of course, for many people it’s not just about wearing a festive knit; it’s about making it as cheesy as possible. Though there are some really stylish Christmas jumpers out there, there are quite a lot of corny ones too. It’s not hard to look like ‘the nightmare before Christmas’ if that’s what you’re aiming for.
- But if you’d rather look classy in your Christmas jumper, it’s more about what you wear it with than the jumper itself. Generally it’s a good idea to let the jumper do the talking, and match it with some rather more subtle items. For instance, skinny black jeans and winter boots will complement pretty much any style of festive sweater, and keep the focus on the jumper. Alternatively, wear your jumper over a glittery party dress for a fun and versatile look.
Celebs who rock the Christmas jumper https://t.co/SD7UXpDUhN
— news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) December 21, 2015
- While lots of people will go out and buy their Christmas jumper from any of the high street and online fashion retailers who stock them, others prefer the DIY approach, adding tinsel, pompoms and glitter to a plain sweater. This can work really well – depending on how creative you are.
- You could also go for the pre-loved approach. One charity has spotted the potential to raise even more cash through Christmas Jumper Day because most people will only wear the novelty jumper they purchase once or twice during the festive season and buy a new one for the next year. WasteAid has set up a Christmas jumper swap scheme this year, and is encouraging anyone with an unwanted Christmas jumper to put it up for donation on the WasteAid website. Anyone ‘buying’ the jumper will donate money to the charity which tackles the global waste crisis.
Whatever way you decide to wear your Christmas Jumper on Friday 16 December, you should give yourself a pat on the back. Not only are you spreading some Christmas cheer by joining in with a now much-loved annual event, but you’ll be raising some money for a great cause in the process.