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My friend Jackie has the most beautiful Christmas sweater I've ever seen. And by “beautiful,” I mean hideous.
It's covered in the usual holiday swag – think evergreens, snowflakes, candy canes and presents. But also... panda bears. PANDA BEARS. More than 25. They're wearing hats and scarves, and they're ice skating and shopping. There's so much going on it takes a minute to even process what you're looking at.
Not all of us are so lucky to have the perfect ugly sweater on standby. That might be a problem if you're one of the thousands of people signed up for Omaha's Ugly Sweater Run on Sunday.
But don't worry. You have options.
First, raid your mom and/or grandmother's closet. Usually you can dig up something festive and gross.
If that's a bust, hit up Goodwill or a thrift shop. Some people mistakenly think they should purge their closets of holiday getups. You know what they say about trash and treasure.
Still no sweater? Make it. That's right. Craft your own Christmas monstrosity.
Buy a plain sweatshirt and fabric glue. Then hit up the holiday aisle in your local drug, retail or craft store. Stock up on all things red, green and glittery. Ribbons. Ornaments. Stickers. Rhinestones. Garland. Bells. Sprigs of holly. Cotton balls. (For snow. Obbbbviously.)
Not the creative type? You'll probably have the ugliest sweater there. There's even a prize for that on race day.
And if you won't roll up your sleeves and channel your inner artist, you can always wear a tree skirt.
> > > You can also win an ugly Christmas sweater, provided by christmassweaterdepot.com. We're giving one away to someone who leaves a comment below and e-mails me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (If you're not running in the 5K but just want another ugly sweater for your personal collection, that's OK. We won't tell anyone.)
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