Start a revolution

By Tina Medina

Fri November 22, 2013 4:09pm

The time of year has arrived where we dust off the tubs of ornaments, hang garland on the stairs and stockings on the chimney and the holiday party invitations begin to roll in. 
As I began to reminisce on holiday seasons gone by I heard a knock from inside my closet. When I slid the door open I saw the ghost of Christmas past and he was wearing an ugly Christmas sweater. Bright green with a big tree with pom-pom ornaments, a reindeer with tiny jingle bells at the tips of his antlers.
I bought it last year to go to one of those sweater parties. I said to the ghost, “Hey!  What are you doing with my sweater?” and he said, “Girlfriend, I am taking it back to where it belongs … in the past!” and with three snaps in Christmas tree formation he was gone. 
The ghost of Christmas past has a great point. Fifty years from now our great-grandchildren will be looking at photos of us and saying, “What the heck were they thinking?” not knowing of course, that there used to be these quirky little theme parties during the holidays. 
It got me thinking, it’s time for a Christmas Sweater Revolution! Ladies, hold up your right hand and repeat after me: I will not wear an ugly Christmas sweater this year.  And if I do my closet will be invaded by crazy style moths who will eat holes through every last piece of fringe and glittered pom-pom in sight.  
Fortunately the fashion gods are on our side this year and some great sweaters are just waiting to keep you warm. 
Don’t feel bad for Dasher and Dancer.  Tommy Hilfiger has come out with a great deer sweater with trendy elbow patches. 
H&M is feeling the spirit of geometrical patterns in this fun black and white number.
Feeling super sassy? Michael Kors has this great faux fur vest with a mock neck and ribbed waist. Dress it up or down.
This adorable mock-neck from Calvin Klein is perfect for any man who refuses to wear sweaters with glitter, bells or crushed velvet.  
This year, shock them all when they answer the door and you have gone against the ugly sweater theme with your hot trendy pullover, cardigan, mock-neck, sleeveless, short or long vessel of warmth. 
And when they ask why you are not dressed for the occasion, remember our oath and simply hold a single fist in the air. They’ll get it — or at least they’ll forgive you when they taste those cute candy-cane Jell-O shots you brought.
See you at the mall!
Tina Medina is marketing manager at Otay Ranch Town Center.