The Beauty of 'Ugly Sweaters'

Holiday event at biotech leader CSL Behring supports the Ronald McDonald House.

“Santa” and “Mrs. Claus” served as emcees of an ugly sweater contest at CSL Behring in King of Prussia, Pa. The event supported the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, which supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope.
“Santa” and “Mrs. Claus” served as emcees of an ugly sweater contest at CSL Behring in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The event supported the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, which supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope.

The ugly holiday sweater trend of recent years remains alive and well this season. Also known as “Christmas jumpers,” the sweaters could only be found at second-hand shops in the early 2000s. Nowadays, nearly every major retailer carries racks of the sweaters in various designs every holiday season.

According to Wikipedia, the sweaters became popular in the 2010s, with online retailer Amazon reporting an increase in sales of 600 percent in 2011.

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At CSL Behring’s offices in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, an ugly sweater contest was held as part of the company’s “Winter Wonder Week.”

Prizes were awarded for the “ugliest” sweater as well as the “funniest” and “most festive,” among other classifications. Judges for the contest included Anthony Stover, Community Relations Manager at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, which supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope.

This year, more than $8,000 was raised for the organization during CSL Behring's Winter Wonder Week.