No matter which religion you subscribe to, late December is a time for coming together with loved ones and wearing silly Christmas sweaters. The upcoming holiday comedy film "The Night Before" starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie celebrates this sacred tradition and pushes the boundaries for what counts as an ugly Christmas sweater.
The Night Before and Ugly Hanukkah SweatersAnyone who has seen the trailer for "The Night Before" likely has the image of Seth Rogen's Star of David sweater forever embossed on their retinas. It's an instantly classic ironic image: a Jewish Christmas sweater. There are endless possibilities for jokes, and Rogen and company will surely take advantage of them; however, ugly Hanukkah sweaters have already been available on the Internet for years.
The Evolution of The American Christmas TraditionChristmas as we know it today is a hodgepodge of traditions all centered around good times with family and friends. When did ugly sweaters enter the picture? The trend has been credited to Bill Cosby, who had a love for showcasing tacky sweaters on "The Cosby Show." The ugly Christmas sweater tradition has always been about making people laugh, and "The Night Before" represents the latest chapter in the legacy of knitted snowmen and now Stars of David. As the clock ticks toward National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day on December 18, don't let anyone tell that you can't participate because of your religion or lack thereof. Show your multicultural pride this holiday by adding some Hanukkah symbols to your ugly Christmas sweater attire. A collage of reindeer, Christmas trees and menorahs will bring a smile to the face of any store clerk struggling to decide if they should say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays."
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