On the fifth day of Christmas…

my true love gave to me… a tacky holiday sweater!  No – Matt didn’t – but I know we all have received those gifts.  The gaudy holiday sweater, the bright purple jeans, the lime green hat… You know – the gift that does not keep giving the whole year through. 

My Great Aunt Ruby gave gifts like that.  Growing up, each year we looked forward to her Christmas package arriving – and we would always open it up as soon as it arrived – just to see what she was able to come up with that year.  The one gift I really remember was a bright orange sweatshirt with a puffy white persian cat on the front.  It was never worn.  She also once sent a multicoloured (pastel) crocheted throw.  At the time, it was just put away into my hope chest – but now I use it.  It means so much more to me now that she is gone (it is Alex’s new fort blanket).  I know it is the thought that counts, but…

Do you have a bad gift story to share?  Either way – here are 9 Tacky Holiday Sweaters We Can’t Help But Love.