The origins of the ugly Christmas sweater began at the hands of grandmothers, nimbly knitting festive reindeers and ornamental Christmas trees, replete with embroidered bells and sequins, for grandchildren who, with forced smiles, promised to wear them for the family holiday greeting card. These sweaters aren't exactly ugly; you could say these habiliments were unapologetically festive in their Christmas spirit.
Today, the Christmas sweater is another campy holiday trend that is no longer limited to young, 20- or 30-somethings at apartment and office holiday parties. Nowadays Christmas sweaters are worn by the likes of babies, cats, dogs, lizards and … coffee mugs?
Just when you thought these ugly holiday garments would see their final, thread-unraveling descent, someone finds another use for them, kicking the trend back into gear.
Introducing Tim Hortons little Ugly Sweater Koozies, yours free while supplies last with purchase of a latte, of which there are many flavors (and mostly Christmas-themed).
Unlike the Starbucks red cup hoopla of years previous, Tim Hortons handcrafted knitted koozies are something everyone can get behind.
The Canadian coffee brewer is also releasing stackable coffee cups featuring a gingerbread man, snowman, reindeer and a nutcracker, so you can dress your coffee cups in ugly sweaters and post them to social media, as you would a pet or baby.
Classic Christmas flavors return to Tim Hortons 2017 holiday menu: Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Cinnabon Iced Capp, and Cinnabon Latte. Holiday treats such as Gingerbread and Snowman Sugar Cookies (with matching holiday cups) will also appear in Tim Hortons festive menu, along with Chocolate Brownies, Red Velvet Muffins, Gingerbread Donuts, and the ever-popular Timbits donut holes, which are incredibly delicious bite-sized pieces of pure Christmas bliss.
These cup-sized koozies might not be made with the same expert embroidered stitches that grandma uses, but they sure do the job of making merry without you actually having to dress in an ugly Christmas sweater (if that's not your thing).
Ugly Sweater Koozies are available only at select locations in Detroit, Columbus, Ohio, and Buffalo, New York, while supplies last, which you can guess, will not be for very long. So, quick, go grab a koozie -- and let your coffee cup do the celebrating for you.