Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest Rules

This year we’re starting a new Christmas tradition with our family. We will be hosting the Christmas Eve festivities at our house. And not just any festivities…Uncle Ugly’s Christmas Sweater Jamboree featuring the Ugliest Christmas Sweater Contest! I thought that I’d share the Ugliest Christmas Sweater Contest Rules with you in case you were planning your own party this year. The rules don’t really mean anything, and we’ve never really stuck to them (they were just a way to keep my crazy family from cheating), but here they are anyway.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest Rules

Photos and results from the 2010 Ugliest Christmas Sweater Contest are here! Enjoy the Ugly 🙂

Uncle Ugly’s Christmas Sweater Jamboree
Featuring the Ugliest Christmas Sweater Contest
Contest Rules and FAQs

To be eligible as an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contestant you must wear a Christmas or Winter themed Sweater, Sweatshirt, or Sweater Vest to the Jamboree. Turtlenecks and long or short-sleeved t-shirts will not be accepted. You may wear such items underneath an Ugly Christmas Sweater-vest, but it will not be considered part of your sweater and therefore not eligible for judging. You may add to or alter your Christmas sweater however you like, have fun and get creative. Additional items such as hats, jewelry or other festive attire will not be considered when voting for the Ugliest Christmas Sweater. An item must be attached to your Christmas sweater in order to be eligible.

You can be disqualified from the Ugliest Christmas Sweater Contest for the following:
+Putting on your ugly Christmas Sweater after entering the jamboree (You must be already wearing your sweater when you show up to the jamboree.).
+Removing your sweater before the Ugliest Christmas Sweater Champion has been announced.
+Altering your Christmas sweater after entering the jamboree (Any and all alterations or additions to your sweater must be completed before entering the jamboree.).
+Swapping your sweater with another contestant before the Ugliest Christmas Sweater Champion has been announced.
+If you are overheard using the word “boring” anytime before the Ugliest Christmas Sweater Champion has been announced.
+If your sweater does not have a Christmas or Winter theme
+If your “sweater” is actually a t-shirt, turtleneck, or any shirt other than a sweater, sweatshirt, or sweater vest.

How will the Ugliest Christmas Sweater Champion be determined?
All eligible Ugliest Christmas Sweater Contestants will have the opportunity to vote for the champion. You may not vote for yourself. You must vote for someone. Anyone not competing and anyone who has been disqualified are not permitted to vote for the Ugliest Christmas Sweater Champion.

What will the Ugliest Christmas Sweater Champion receive?
The Champion will receive the coveted Ugliest Christmas Sweater Trophy of Awesomeness.

Will any other prizes be awarded?
Contestants will also have the opportunity to vote for the person with the overall Most Festive Attire and the person with the Most Naturally Ugly (unaltered) Christmas Sweater. The winners of these categories will win only the title and bragging rights. No prizes will be awarded.

Where do I get an Ugly Christmas Sweater?
I don’t know. That’s your problem. I’ve got my own sweater to find.

Uncle Ugly’s Christmas Sweater Jamboree is on Christmas Eve!

Start looking for or making your Ugly Christmas Sweater right away!

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Posted on December 11, 2010, in Christmas, Holidays, Parties, Traditions, Ugly Sweaters, Winter and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 47 Comments.

  1. Lol that makes me want to go find an ugly sweater!


  2. That’s just because you want the Ugliest Christmas Sweater Trophy of Awesomeness. Everybody does 😉


  3. We need photos!!!! What a great tradition, I am thinking of adopting it for my family, and am now wondering if anyone will play along?. Cute idea.


    • We’ll have photos after the 24th! It was my Hubby’s idea, but I’m the one that needed to attach all of the ridiculous rules to it and add a trophy 😉 This our first year doing it…so we’ll see if anyone plays along except for the two of us!


  4. p.s. there is a site out there dedicated to ugly christmas sweaters. I don’t remember the addy, but it is something like ugly christmas . (I am not affiliated or anything)


    • Thanks, Jessa! I actually have a bunch of ugly sweater sites marked in my favorites. I should get a link list up in case any one is interested. Many of them sell ugly sweaters and donate the money to charity!


  5. hi there! i’m following from the cornucopia of blog hops 🙂 i would love if you would follow me back!



  6. This makes me wish I had a horribly fugly Christmas sweater! Sadly, I don’t have any sweaters at all.

    Congrats on your SITS Day!


    • Thanks, Sunday!

      You definitely need to go get an ugly sweater now…if for no other reason just to say that you have one!

      I would like to give everyone in the world an ugly sweater and then we can wear them and hold hands in a circle and sing 😉

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  7. Merry SITSmas! The ugly Christmas sweater contests sounds like a riot!


    • Thanks, Coretta!

      Our family has a blast all the time so I’m sure the sweater contest will be no different. You’ll have to stop back after Christmas to see how it turned out!


  8. omg how funny are you? Will your family adopt me because I think your relatives are more fun than mine. That should be hilarious. Merry Christmas and SITSmas to you! 😉


    • Yay! Thanks! I crack myself up, but sometimes I think I just irritate other people, haha. We will TOTALLY adopt you 🙂 We have a great time doing just about anything. I feel sad for people with boring families 😦

      Thanks for stopping by, SaucyB, Merry Christmas!


  9. Happy SITS Day! Sounds like a fun contest.


  10. What a great tradition! I love it! I have always wanted an ugly Christmas sweater, but they’re hard to find!

    Stopping by from SITS!


    • Lindsay, I know! I couldn’t believe that they didn’t have any ugly sweaters at the Salvation Army! Cool Daddy and I are going to try to make ours. This could end up being quite a mess!

      Thanks for stopping by!


  11. This is so awesome!! I wish I could get my family to participate in this tradition. It sounds like so much fun…and a great photo opportunity 🙂

    Stopping by to wish you a Merry SITSmas from the SITS site today!


    • Thanks, Carrie! At this point I don’t know if anyone else by my hubby and I are actually going to do it. Only time will tell! There will definitely be photos to come…so stop back after Christmas!

      Merry SITSmas to you too 🙂


  12. Ugly Christmas sweater parties are always such a hoot!! love it!

    Happy SITS day, girl!!



  13. Stopping by from SITS. Love your blog. So festive!!


  14. you actually are relatively hilarious. 😉

    visiting from sits. will come back!


  15. I’d love to have an Ugly Christmas Sweater Jamboree – I already have my ugly Christmas sweater, and have had it for a few years.
    I lucked out – where I used to live, there’s a used clothing store that has bins of Christmas sweaters and vests that look crazy enough unaltered. It’s a good way to bring life to old Christmas sweaters.


    • Oh, Venassa, I’m sooo jealous! I’d love bins full of ugly sweaters to rummage through. Believe it or not our location Salvation Army didn’t have any ugly sweaters at all! I’m going to have to make my own and I am sooo not crafty. Although in this case it’ll probably work to my advantage!
      If you have a jamboree let me know so that I can share in the virtual festiveness!


  16. That sounds like so much fun! 🙂

    Happy SITS day!


  17. What a great tradition! I think I would be the only one playing in my family as I cant get them to wear anything other then hoodies but hey – I could have my own jamboree right?


    • Kita, you could totally rock a jamboree by yourself…and then they’d all be jealous! Anyway, why couldn’t you have an ugly hoodie contest? I think it’d be perfect since you could totally uglify the hood too!


  18. Stopping by from SITS… love a good christmasy blog. Lovely!


  19. I love this idea! This will be so much fun. We definately need photos.

    Congrats on being the FB on SITS today!


  20. Have a very Merry SITSmas! Love your post about Ugly Sweaters!! Just attended one last weekend! PHEW! its was a great time!



  21. What a fun family idea. Visiting from SITS


  22. *LOL* that’s hilarious. My 16 year old nephew and his group dress up like nerds and have their photo taken (individually) with Santa so it can go on their facebook page.


    • Ok, your nephew is awesome. That’s so something that I would’ve done! I once wore a Santa hat and a blue tutu over my jeans and walked around Giant Eagle talking to strangers…for no reason at all!
      This is our first year doing the ugly sweater thing, so we’ll see how it goes!


  23. Jenny Ren, I am DEFINITELY going to be worken’ it with my UGLY FUNKY FESTIVE sweater, I will win BOTH the trophy, as well as the bragging rights. It will be fun, all though, it will be hard to NOT say “boring” for me, since it is a part of my normal “vocab”….=)


  24. Great rules! Would you like to write a similar article for me? I’d link back!! Write me!


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