Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Uncle Craig snoring heavily in an armchair, inter-family bickering, The Snowman on telly, your mum being passive aggressive, never being sure whether or not you can recycle wrapping paper... There are a few things which simply make a Great British Christmas the joy that it is, and slightly dodgy Christmas jumpers are almost certainly one of them.
But a spot of festive knitwear doesn't have to be naff. In fact, if you're looking for a stylish alternative to the usual tinsel and pom-pom bedecked monstrosity, this season's collections are ripe with tasteful Christmas jumpers which will help you stay snug and seasonal without making you look like a prize plum – perfect for Save The Children's Christmas Jumper Day on 18th December. Here are our favourite seasonal picks.
1. Reclaimed Vintage Christmas Jumper With Snow Scene, ASOSA vintage feel is a safe place for any bloke who's a bit uncomfortable about the whole “Christmas jumper deal”. A retro look instantly takes the Christmas jumper to a slightly trendy, slightly ironic space where you don't have to worry about too much naffness. We're really into this reclaimed snowscape option, with a limited colour palette and pleasingly chunky, graphic design.
2. Novelty Running Stag Crew Jumper, FatFaceA subtler Scandinavian twist on the Christmas jumper. This beauty steers well away from a novelty or trashy feel, keeping it highbrow with a solid, cosy print and a splash of seasonal good cheer in the form of some well placed running stags. A nod to the season, nothing cheesy.
Another tasteful but festive option featuring a graphic knit animal – this time in the form of everyone' favourite aggressive Arctic creature – the polar bear. If you're getting your gear on for Christmas Jumper Day, you'll be happy to hear that for every jumper bought, John Lewis will donate £10 to Bernado's – the UK's leading children's charity.
4. Snowball Lambswool Christmas Jumper, GantAt the more luxurious end of the spectrum, this graphic knit from Gant is made from soft lambswool, with a certain elegance of design which makes its novelty festive print look chic. The restrained colour palette also does much to keep this Yuletide attire away from the cheesy, instead offering a surprisingly cool Christmas look.
5. Star Wars Yoda Christmas jumperYes, we said we'd steer you safely clear of novelty. But if you're a Star Wars fan who appreciates their novelty with a healthy dose of irony, this The Force Awakens inspired number will earn you nods of approval from other sci-fi fans and a smug sense of satisfaction that you've outsmarted the Christmas crowd.
Christmas jumpers – love them or loathe them? Low key or as garish and festive as possible? Have your say in our Facebook group or shop for the perfect pair of Christmas party shoes online at Base London