When I was growing up, the only people who wore ugly Christmas sweaters did so unironically, with a straight face. I even bought one for my grandma in seventh grade, aware that it was ugly, but also aware that it was the kind she wore.
Now, ugly Christmas sweaters (and plain old shirts) are ironically worn for laughs. This is why they are a great way to draw attention to yourself and meet new people throughout the holiday season.
Most people are boring. Most people’s lives are boring. So, when they encounter something funny, interesting, and even offensive, that sticks out in their mind.
In fact, the part of our brain that notices things (the reticular activating system) filters out boring people and events. It is the mechanism by which our brain avoids getting overloaded by filtering out things that are familiar.
Do you remember any of the cars you saw going to work today? Probably not, unless, of course, one stuck out. Some may have stuck out in a negative way, if it was making loud noises or its muffler was scraping the ground. Others may have stood out positively, like if you saw a brand new red Lamborghini driving beside you.
What about the clothing of the people you passed today? Did you notice the 20 people all wearing North Face jackets? Probably not.
Have you ever watched the show “Impractical Jokers?” It’s a great show! If you ever watch when they go to dating events, they do and say outrageous things, which they think will turn women off.
However, the opposite usually happens. Women want more of their attention. And the reason is that they come across as more interesting than the bland, boring, and otherwise cookie-cutter people around them.
So, the lesson is, if you want to be socially successful you have to stand out in a way that is positive and funny. And, a funny Christmas sweater is a great way to do that, especially during the month of December. It is an instant way to show your intelligence and humor, and if you are physically fit, it is even better.
Not only will you get positive attention, a lot of people will say they like it and talk to you simply on that basis. A lot of women will as well!
Plus, there are even a lot of “Ugly Christmas Sweater” parties out there. Look around locally because a lot of bars and restaurants are having them.
Even if a place isn’t having a party focused on ugly Christmas sweaters, if you know the party is going to be casual, just wear a funny Christmas shirt. You’ll be the the life of the party with little effort. In fact, you’ll find that people will approach you just to talk about your shirt.
Who knew a Christmas sweater could be such an easy way to meet people?