At last week's staff meeting, our director of youth ministry told us that he and his family had been invited to an "Ugly Sweater Party." It was the variation known as the "Ugly Christmas Sweater Party" where everyone comes in an "ugly" sweater of the Christmas variety.
He told us that he was a little worried about finding ugly sweaters for them to wear. Turns out, it was no trouble at all. If you google "sweater" you get a respectable number of hits. If you google "ugly sweater" you get hundreds of hits. They were able to get ugly sweaters for the whole family, including their two toddlers.
Turns out, ugly sweaters are kind of a hot item, as are the parties. This shows how out of the loop I am. I had never heard of an "ugly sweater party".
I just went on line to find a few ugly sweaters myself. Some of them looked all right to me, until I did a close up of the picture, so I could see the design. Others were obviously ugly at first sight. And a couple of them -- dare I say this -- looked ok to me. I shudder.
There's something so "right" about the popularity of ugly sweaters right now. The formerly despised, now finding a home, like the toys from the Island of Misfit Toys, or the Puppy That Wanted A Boy. There's something hopeful about ugly sweaters being popular. Not exactly the ugly duckling becoming a swan, but the ugly duckling being wanted just for himself.
May all of us, ugly, garish or useless, too large or too small, be redeemed and made useful and beautiful in God's eyes.
P.S. I am more out of the loop than I realized. Go over to this post at Quotidian Grace's and read more about this amazing trend!
Picture from here