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Christmas Time is Here

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Did I have to dress as a glamour shot from 1986? No. Was I asked to choose a theme? Also no.

Posing for the “silly” staff photo.

Dancing in front of anyone over age five and non-family.

Deciding what time to meet up.

Collecting money.

Being the driver.

Wearing dark lipstick.

These are some of things that stress me out.

Surprising? Perhaps. I have no problem making fun of myself and being weird online. I do it almost daily. Speaking in front of a crowd barely raises my heart rate. But when I hear the photographer say “and how about a fun one!” I pray a wormhole will open up and swallow me. “Why didn’t you practice a good silly pose since last year YOU KNOW THEY DO THIS ANNUALLY.”

Speaking of doing things every year, it’s that time again:

Staff Christmas Sweater Competition

It might be hard to top last year when our family went as the controversial yet festive Starbucks red cups. Or the year before when I made my own because I am super crafty and very talented with a glue gun. I thought about going as the Ghost of Christmas Past, but then realized that wearing a shredded bed sheet could hamper my gift exchange competition level.

What to do? What to do?

As I pondered options for a seasonal outfit, waffling between Cousin Eddie and the mom from A Christmas Story (clearly bathrobes are my in my wheelhouse) I received an email…

Reader, I know this is beginning to sound like a movie plot, but the email was not creepy. IT WAS ACTUALLY HELPFUL. Dropped directly into my inbox was the solution I needed: sweaters I could make myself (successfully) using my glue gun, scissors, stencils, and bows. It was this former kindergarten teacher’s dream project plan.

Anything that is described as “easy” or “simple” is certainly in my range of ability. And if you mention “no sew” then say no more. This page has links that could help me win years of Christmas Sweater contests. The only question remaining is “which one do I try this year?”

Click here to peruse the options and let me know what you think in the comments.

I have my glue gun primed and ready – game on.

 

 

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I Made it Myself

Our staff decided to celebrate the last day of school with an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest. As unbelievable as it might sound, I do not own one. When I asked around, my friend suggested an idea from Pinterest. I’m not very handy with sewing or stitching, but I can hold my own with a glue gun. So I eagerly gathered up my supplies, popped in a movie for the boys and got started on what was sure to be the winning sweater.

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Things were going relatively well, but I considered other options. The glue gunning was replaced with my stapler – made sense.

I soon discovered that I couldn’t accomplish this on my own. The clear choice was to use the four-year-old as my stand in. It would have worked better if he had stood still.

Staples, a glue gun, and a four year old. There was no way this sweater would be anything less than spectacular.

The big day was approaching when disaster struck in the form of the stomach flu. At the time of publishing, four out of six family members had been hit. This meant I could not participate in the contest! Or did it?

Turns out, you can wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater anywhere, any time. It’s true. IT IS.

I now present to you: The Ugly Christmas Sweater Pinterest Fail – Home Edition.

This is what it was supposed to look like:

Easy, right?

Easy, right?

I was quite pleased with my version and it’s versatility.

I'll be pinning this later, don't worry.

I’ll be pinning this later, don’t worry.

Pouring coffee in my Ugly Christmas Sweater

Pouring coffee in my Ugly Christmas Sweater

You can drink in it, too! Cheers!

You can drink in it, too! Cheers!

Might not know what to make for lunch, but I know what I'll be wearing.

Might not know what to make for lunch, but I know what I’ll be wearing.

Laundry can be Holly Jolly - see?

Laundry can be Holly Jolly – see?

Cleaning up vomit can be merry, if you dress for it.

Cleaning up vomit can be merry, if you dress for it.

Oh what fun it is to read in my Ugly Christmas Sweater.

Oh what fun it is to read in my Ugly Christmas Sweater.

The jingle bells fell off so it was easy to be sneaky.

The jingle bells fell off so it was easy to be sneaky.

I shared the Christmas cheer all over the house.

I shared the Christmas cheer all over the house.

Look at me - colouring in my Ugly Christmas Sweater.

Look at me – colouring in my Ugly Christmas Sweater

Pro Tip: change out of sweater before trying to eat PB trees in secret.

Pro Tip: change out of sweater before trying to eat PB trees in secret.

What’s the best thing you ever made?