In 8th grade, I had a denim jacket, and the brand name of the jacket company was “Bright and Sassy.” One of my boy classmates saw the label and announced to the whole class. I started being referred to as Bright and Sassy.
Hey, now that I think about it, Bright and Sassy is NOT such a bad thing to be called.
I also had a blue sweater with multicolored shoulders. Naturally, that drew the nickname Rainbow Brite, and I was teased me incessantly for a few days about my silly sweater. Junior High: Good Times! I’m surprised I didn’t go home and immediately burn the thing! Gee, now that I think about my fashion choices from 1985-1987, I’m thankful that social media wasn’t around.
But something about that sweater experience really stayed with me and how I reacted to it. I didn’t just take the teasing but I really got defensive and stood up for myself. See, I can be SASSY!
Maybe that’s why I’ve never really made fun of the Ugly Christmas Sweaters out there. Hey, at least the people wearing them are embracing the holiday spirit and having fun.
QUESTION: Do you have an ugly Christmas sweater? I guess I shouldn’t call it a Christmas sweater because it’s so much broader now thanks to companies like Tipsy Elves (which I first saw on Shark Tank). There are Hannukah ones and sports ones, Disney ones and crazy animal ones.
Flashback to the eighties: I was a nerd in junior high and high school. No doubt about it. But I accepted my nerdiness and realized it was a blessing that I enjoyed school and played in the orchestra. OK, so I had days where I didn’t want to do my work or wished I could have been home sleeping. But overall, I liked school. (See? Total nerd.) I’m thankful for that because I realize that wasn’t a common experience. And I appreciate that now because I wouldn’t have gotten some of the opportunities through the years if I had blown off school or decided orchestra was too geeky for me.
So, if you like Star Wars, get a Star Wars ugly sweater. Some would argue that wouldn’t be ugly in any galaxy but just plain cool.
Speaking of Star Wars, since the new movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18, I thought it would be fun to share this video I found online today-the Star Wars Trilogy in 90 Seconds.
I guess the parallel I’m trying to make here is that you should just own whatever you are, embrace your INNER ugly Christmas sweater, and be you. That’s why ugly sweaters are fun-they allow you to show off to the world who you are.
Be Bright and Sassy. It’s way more fun than Dull and Complacent.