Five years ago, who knew that Ugly Christmas Sweaters would be a thing? While it’s fun to put on some over-the-top reindeer-themed clothing in candy-cane hues, dripping with glitter and featuring a light-up penguin or two, there are other ways to wear your Christmas-season enthusiasm.
I recommend the Epiphany-designed T-shirt from the Catholic T-Shirt Club.
If it’s not too early to attend Christmas concerts (or rehearsals for Christmas concerts, in my case), it’s not too early to wear this shirt. I’ll be wearing it to Sunday night’s rehearsal for our local Festival of Lessons and Carols.
This festive red T-shirt with the Epiphany design that reminds me of a favorite Christmas ornament is not the only item in this month’s Catholic T-Shirt Club box.
Clockwise from lower left, there is a cross-shaped ornament with a lovely Madonna and Child picture and the words “Come let us adore Him.” It’s unbreakable, so if you have little ones, this one is perfect for small hands to hang on the tree. A Christmas novena booklet, a gorgeous Madonna and Child print by Rebecca Gorzynska of Delphina Rose Art, and a holy card with a Christmas blessing are also included.
I was particularly delighted to find a little Baby Jesus figurine, along with a manger. The Baby can be removed from the manger, so you can place the Baby in the manger just before going to sleep on Christmas Eve. My Nativity scene does not have a removable Baby, and I’d always been a little sad that we couldn’t have that tradition as a family. I decided that I’ll place the empty manger in the middle of my Advent wreath, and then on Christmas Eve, we’ll place the Baby there.
You’ll also find a bonus, which you should save for the celebration of the Epiphany: a piece of blessed chalk and a prayer so you and your family can bless your home together. This is a beloved custom on the feast of the Epiphany and a wonderful tradition to share with your family.
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Wear a Catholic T-shirt to your next Christmas party or concert; start an anti-Ugly-Christmas-Sweater trend and evangelize at the same time! And since this one’s Epiphany-themed, you can wear it right through January 7, when we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord! Bonus: this T-shirt is far from ugly, so when the Ugly Christmas Sweater once again goes out of style, you won’t have to worry about whether you’re still on trend.
Copyright 2017 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS