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Photo: Zoltan Tarlacz (Shutterstock) The annual tradition of picking out garish sweaters for a holiday party is past its cultural sell-by date, but maybe your friends or bosses haven’t received the memo. If you’ve been invited to an ugly sweater party this year, here are some thoughts on how to navigate it. A brief history of ugly holiday sweaters The holiday sweater rose to cultural prominence in the 1950s. This was before the invention of pop culture irony, so wearing a sweater with a wintertime theme wasn’t seen as goofy, and most of the sweaters were tasteful and understated. Boring, you might say. The holiday sweater remained low-key throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s, but really came into its own in the 1980s, the decade of loud sweaters, when the designs got bigger and bolder. No one knows when the first tacky Christmas sweater party was held, but by the mid 1990s, ironically rocking hideous Christmas sweaters from thrift stores was a seasonal urban hipster staple. The popularity grew, and by the 2000s, ugly holiday sweater parties were a well-known and well-established thing white people liked . Nowadays, the ugly holiday sweater is so culturally accepted that you can buy one of thousands of different varieties in any big box store, from “hilarious” references to Rick and Morty from uglychristmassweaters.com to this monstrosity , where you pay $70 to advertise for Ford. The ready availability and cultural acceptance of this Christmas tradition makes it pointless. There used to be a […]