Two of the season’s biggest trendsetters have collided, spawning an entire galaxy of Star Wars Ugly Christmas Sweaters.
There’s Yoda, R2-D2, even a “Merry Sithmas” sweater.
There’s also a whole Facebook page devoted to the sweaters, some of which are pegged to the Dec. 18 release of The Force Awakens. But you’ll also find some with a distinct Empire Strikes Back theme: One bears the logo “Hoth Sweet Hoth” and features a red-nosed AT-AT (aka Imperial Walker).
But really, all you have to do is Google “Star Wars ugly Christmas sweater” to get a variety of merchandise: Darth Vader, Stormtroopers and Chewbacca in a Santa cap.
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The website Merchoid and its 2015 Geek’s Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater/Jumpers goes beyond Star Wars, and brings all sorts of other superheros into the ugly sweater alliance: Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, just to name a few. There’s also Super Mario Bros., and a Sony Playstation Console Christmas Sweater (suddenly we’re thinking “Joystick to the world”).
It’s not all science-fiction/comic/video-game-based. You can buy a Breaking Bad Christmas sweater or a Home Alone sweater. The Tipsy Elves website has a yellow snow sweater (eww), a Santa Unicorn sweater, and even Christmas leggings and Hanukkah sweaters. Big Lebowski fans can find a variety of “The Dude Abides” sweaters and there’s also a Walter (John Goodman), featuring his immortal Lebowski line: “I don’t roll on Shabbos.”
Naturally, there are A Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Grinch and Peanuts-related Christmas sweaters. There are also Christmas sweaters that bear logos and, er, art that aren’t family-friendly.
And, yes, you can find political sweaters: Donald Trump sweaters, Hillary Clinton sweaters, Ted Cruz sweaters, Bernie Sanders sweaters. Once you start searching for ugly Christmas sweaters, you can really go down a rabbit hole.
Come to think of it, there are Alice in Wonderland-themed down-the-rabbit-hole Christmas sweaters, too.