Here at Butchers-Sundries, it’s that time of year again when conversations in our office turn to who has the best Christmas Jumper. Christmas Jumper Day is an event that we have been involved with for a number of years now, and this year is no exception. This year’s Christmas Jumper Day is being held nationally, tomorrow (Thursday 7th December) and we can’t wait to see everyone’s festive fleeces, in the office and across social media.
But what is the significance of Christmas Jumper Day, and why has it become so popular in the United Kingdom?
The first Christmas Jumper Day was held in 2012 and was initiated by ‘Save The Children’, a charity organisation that works to improve the lives of children around the world, by making sure they have access to healthcare, food, shelter, education, and other protective services. ‘Save The Children’ are currently operating in 115 countries, providing unique care and support to children involved in all different types of conflicts and disasters. They have provided aid to over 45 million children across the world and have recently launched an emergency appeal, in-light of the conflict in Gaza.
Their Christmas Jumper Day Event is just one of the many fundraising initiatives they’ve launched to support their life saving, and life changing work. The event usually takes place around the middle of December and is a day when everyone is encouraged to wear festive, and often quirky, Christmas Jumpers.
In the UK, it has become a key date on the calendar that signifies how close we are getting to Christmas. The growing popularity of Christmas Jumper Day can be put down to its dual purpose of spreading Christmas joy and raising funds for an important cause.
Many workplaces and schools now get involved with Christmas Jumper Day by holding competitions and posting pictures of their jumpers online. Everyone who participates is asked to make a charitable donation in exchange for the opportunity to wear their Christmas jumper. The funds that are collected go towards the charity’s initiatives and will, in turn, improve the lives of millions of children around the world.
Apart from the fundraising aspect, Christmas Jumper Day has become a popular and fun tradition, fostering a sense of community and shared celebration during the festive season. It's a lighthearted way for people to come together, showcase their holiday spirit, and contribute to a good cause.
Get involved, find out more, or make a donation here.