anukkah officially came to an end on December 10th this year, but you’re probably still getting invited to lots of shindigs to celebrate the general holiday season—namely Christmas. Those celebrations may be joyful, but if you are a Jewish person, you might not feel comfortable partaking in all of the festivities.

Are you looking forward to attending your office or friend group’s Ugly Sweater Party this month? Your peers may have dropped the “Christmas” part of the “Ugly Sweater” phrase to establish a non-denominational gathering, but knit sweaters emblazoned with jingle bells, reindeer, and other Christmas iconography are likely what come to mind when you imagine your clothing options.

The good news is that Etsy and Amazon offer plenty of playful “ugly sweaters” that reference Jewish culture without conflating Hanukkah with Christmas. The fact that those eight nights get branded as the “Jewish Christmas”—when Hanukkah exists completely separate from Christmas, isn’t even Judaism’s most important holiday, and is timed around our own religion’s calendar (not around December 25th)—is frustrating at best and problematic at worst (read more from an HG contributor here). So please know that this list is not meant to instruct you on how to make a Jewish “version” of a Christmas tradition. But at a non-denominational Ugly Sweater Party that simply aims to celebrate various winter holidays, obnoxious wordplay, and garish sweaters that you can only wear once, why not break out cheesy puns and proudly declare your Jewishness in one of these wintry ensembles?

The good news is that Etsy and Amazon offer plenty of playful “ugly sweaters” that reference Jewish culture without conflating Hanukkah with Christmas. The fact that those eight nights get branded as the “Jewish Christmas”—when Hanukkah exists completely separate from Christmas, isn’t even Judaism’s most important holiday, and is timed around our own religion’s calendar (not around December 25th)—is frustrating at best and problematic at worst (read more from an HG contributor here). So please know that this list is not meant to instruct you on how to make a Jewish “version” of a Christmas tradition. But at a non-denominational Ugly Sweater Party that simply aims to celebrate various winter holidays, obnoxious wordplay,

when Hanukkah exists completely separate from Christmas, isn’t even Judaism’s most important holiday, and is timed around our own religion’s calendar (not around December 25th)—is frustrating at best and problematic at worst Challah! sweater