Christmas lives here

by Jessie K on December 17, 2012

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADespite not being able to find ANY ugly Christmas sweaters in time for the party, Jake and I managed to pull it out. Behold the dazzling holiday spirit before you. And, yes, Jake wore a holiday oven mitt to the party.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACheck out my $4 Mrs. Claus gown from the Goodwill. I made some alterations to it by hiking up the front to show off my purple tights.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe problem with this dress is that it wasn’t that ugly — it was more Mrs. Claus glam — which broke the rules of the party.  But here’s the truth: I spend most of my work week feeling like Mrs. Doubtfire…why extend the grim reality to my one wild night out on the town with my man? Glam it up, baby!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur hosts turned it out in true ghastly Christmas style. Erik’s elegant plaid pants were so tight he couldn’t sit down all night. And Jen had so much hardware fastened to her sweater she couldn’t mix a drink without playing a Christmas carol on her chest.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis right here? It’s the true spirit of the holidays.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKathryn didn’t have time to dress up so she was awarded the prize for the least amount of effort put into a costume. I’m sure she’s cuddled up in her new cozy sweater right now.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJake’s oven mitt ended up serving a dual purpose: costume embellishment and festive beer cozy.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen dressing for an ugly Christmas sweater party, it’s critical for men to wear a festive vest that is at least two sizes too small. Makes them look so much tougher.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABrendan and Susan won the prize for “best” dressed couple. Jake couldn’t resist ruining their moment in the sun.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe funny thing is, I can actually see myself in Susan’s Tootsie inspired garb in about ten years.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI jumped up and started photographing one guest’s elegant white gym sock-black shoe ensemble until I was told it wasn’t part of his costume. Oops. Awkward!

Thanks for the awesome party, J & E!




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Penny December 17, 2012 at 11:51 am


You go “Mrs. CLAUS” !!

Jessie K December 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm



Janelle December 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm


Oh my! You had me laughing so loud over and over at your photos that my colleagues in my office finally couldn’t resist and came to peek over my shoulder. We all had a good laugh. Thanks for bring levity here at school. It’s been a tough day today.

Jessie K December 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm


I cannot imagine the tension at schools cross country right now. Glad my dorky pictures made you smile.

sarina December 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm


I think you got a bonus twofer there.. that dress would work as a gypsy or pirate girl costume too.

Jessie K December 18, 2012 at 9:08 am



deb December 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm


What a great idea—looks like everyone had a lot of fun!
*** the ‘hike up’ was inspired!

Karen S. December 18, 2012 at 9:53 am


There’s nothing that says tacky Christmas like a man wearing his wife’s holiday vest and plaid pants. Well you guys didn’t win for tackiest, but you were definitely festive.

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