Everyone's got one in their closet -- hidden back behind that pair of jeans that will never fit again is the ugly holiday sweater or pullover that was either given to you by a doddering relative, picked up at a local thrift store on a lark, or purchased on Etsy.
Typically, these tacky-looking yarn creations are unearthed to donate back to the same thrift store (thus completing the cycle) or to wear at one of those ugly sweater parties (some of which are taking place during the next week at 1130 The Restaurant, The Rogue Bar in Scottsdale, and Cadillac Ranch in Tempe).
Adorned with prancing woodland creatures or other icons of the season (Christmas trees, snowflakes, Santa Claus), these holiday horrors are in abundance on D.I.Y. site Etsy as artists and crafters ironically attempt to outdo each other by creating the most unsightly or gaudy sweaters and pullovers ever.
Here's a look at a few of the most awkward, tacky, and downright awful sweaters we came across.
6. Beam Me Up Santa
Shields up, set phasers on awful.
4. Walton Family Christmas
Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like having Santa Claus perched on your boob.
3. One Year Christmas Sweater
For folks of the Christian faith, Baby Jesus is the reason for the season. For others, he's an excuse to knit tacky sweater for their kids.
For the times when you'd like to masquerade as someone's front door during Christmas
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This is what the inside of Kris Kringle's trash can looks like.
Ugly sweater parties will take place on Tuesday, December 20, from 4-6 p.m. at 1130 The Restaurant (455 North Third Street, 602-368-3046), and from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at The Rogue Bar (423 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-947-3580). Cadillac Ranch (2000 East Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480-894-1111) will also host the "Bad Santa & Ugly Sweater Party" on Friday, December 23.