I have never had a Christmas sweater. For years I had a red cashmere sweater that I wore to holiday parties, but when that wore out I never replaced it. Practicality or even frugality tells me that a sweater that you wear only six weeks a year is impractical. I mean isn't it January and February when you need a really warm sweater? And many of them are truly ugly, so I was amused a few years ago to hear about an ugly Christmas sweater contest. And then a party. What a hoot! It's nice when people can have some good clean fun and enjoy a few laughs. I have seen some humdingers for sale at Walmart this season. Just in time for the holidays. Marketing is all. I do wonder what people in other countries think of this particular way to celebrate. Good old American know-how or truly bizarre.