I have never really been a fan of the Christmas jumper trend. I know it seems like I don’t have a sense of humour, but I can assure you that I do; it just doesn’t extend to wearing a novelty Christmas sweater. So, when Laurie from VanityandMe decided that this was to be our next ‘5-over-50’ style challenge, I certainly did not jump for joy or go Ho Ho Ho. It was more like Oh God No!

How was I going to find something that I would actually wear? This was a style challenge to beat all. I decided to go for the more traditional Christmas sweater, not the funny slogan novelty type. So, the vibe is more Swiss chalet skiing holiday (I wish), drinking hot chocolate or gluhwein than the twelve pubs of Christmas.

Then my little darling grandson dropped in to visit and guess what… he was wearing his Christmas sweater too and so it was the perfect photo opportunity. In fact, it made the entire Christmas jumper/sweater challenge much more fun. But of course, a 15 month-old  little boy will not pose on demand, so the pics were taken very quickly and then it was story time.

I bought my jumper in Marks and Spencer  for €47.50  and will be wearing it again over the winter and if anyone takes me on a skiing holiday, I will be perfectly attired for the apres-ski!

Now look how my friends styled theirs.

Jacqui  from Mummabstylish goes all sparkly in a lovely gold knit. I think we can all see where she is!

And  Laurie from VanityandMe goes for a statement piece of jewellery and a striking midi-skirt with her red Christmas jumper.

The two of them went for the more understated jumper, keeping within the parameters of the Christmas theme with sparkles and the colour red. My other two friends (below) did the Christmas jumper, but in a sophisticated fashion.

Anna  from annasislandstyle went for a proper Christmas jumper with a slogan, but look at how differently she styled it. I love the colourful circular skirt and sparkly boots.

And Gail from thisismutton also opts for a discreet Christmas-themed jumper, embellished with golden antlers and a red nose. Gail goes all out and puts hers with a very Christmassy plaid skirt. Love it.

And this is also Gail’s last challenge with us as she is taking a break from blogging for a while. We will miss her.

Click on their names above to bring you to their posts and learn more about their take on the style challenge and where they sourced their outfits. Do you wear Christmas jumpers or do you consider them to be naff? I would love to know.

Thanks for reading and Happy Christmas to you all!