"". Christmas Collection | Is This Mutton?

Fashion for the over 50s with books and beauty

Search This Blog

Wednesday 21 December 2022

Christmas Collection

 & WowOnWednesday

Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton in her 2022 Cgristmas jumper, red with sequin Christmas trees from TU at Sainsburys

Dear friends. Here it is, the 2022 Christmas jumper (sweater to my US friends).  It's red with little sequin Christmas trees and came from TU at Sainsbury's. 

It's not my favourite, which would have to be last year's pink reindeer number, from the children's department at M&S.  

A pink Christmas jumper with silver reindeer worn by Is This Mutton's Gail Hanlon

I seem to have a soft spot for reindeer because yet another Christmas jumper has a gold reindeer on it.

Making a Christmas jumper tasteful? Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton makes an attempt with red accessories

I know a lot of you think these jumpers are fugly or naff, but hopefully you'll see that when they're dressed up, they're not so bad. And the jumpers I choose are low key in terms of kitsch.

Pre-Covid, it was a Thing to wear our Christmas jumpers to work on a particular day.  In December 2019, this was memorably at a face-to-face meeting in the US.  I don't Christmas sweaters are such a thing there because our American colleagues were a bit nonplussed by all the reindeers, flashing antlers and primary colours.

I'll be wearing my Christmas jumper on Sunday, with jeans or jeggings and my fun cherry earrings.

When did Christmas jumpers arrive on the scene?

Our first exposure to the "ugly" Christmas jumper was probably in 2001 when, in the film Bridge Jones's Diary, Colin Firth memorably wore a crew neck with a giant reindeer's head knitted into the front.

Colin Firth in reindeer jumper from the film Bridget Jones's Diary in 2001

 Since then Brits have embraced the novelty statement Christmas jumper, with everyone from celebrities and politicians to whole families wearing themed knitwear – the sillier the better. Over the past few years Christmas jumpers have come decked out in fairy lights, can be connected to phones, and have sound clips in them. 

It's often hard to find a jumper in good colours. They're usually black, navy or frantically multi-coloured.  This year a couple of retailers, notably TU and M&S, had jumpers in more desirable colours like pink, mint, blush. 

What a difference a year makes

The top picture and the other two are separated by just a year, but I feel I've aged a lot in the last 12 months! I put it down to coming off HRT 13 months ago.  Plus I had just been to a boot camp when the 2021 photos were taken and was thrilled with the fat loss I achieved. 

I'm going back in January for a refresher stay which will hopefully get me on the right track for 2023. I do better on a low carb diet, but lately a few undesirable carbs have been creeping back in. 

I'm back on Monday with the lovely ladies of the Style Not Age Challenge and we'll be showing you our Sparkle and Shine.  There's no post next Wednesday, I'm taking a short break from blogging, so the next WowOnWednesday link-up will be Wednesday 4 January 2023.

What will you be wearing for the festivities?  Do share in the comments. 

Sharing this post with: On Mondays We Link Up at Glass of Glam, Weekday Wear at Away from the Blue#AnythingGoes at My Random Musings, Rena at Fine WhateverTurning Heads Tuesday at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish,  Style with a Smile at StylesplashTalent Sharing Tuesdays at Scribbling BoomerConfident Twosday at IDoDeclaireChic & Stylish at Mummabstylish, #SpreadTheKindness  and #Linkup on the Edge at Shelbee on the Edge,  TFF at Doused in Pink,, #Neverendingstyle at The Grey BrunetteFancy Friday at Nancy's Fashion Style,  Traffic Jam Weekend at Marsha in the Middle Fabulous Fridays at Lucy Bertoldi

Who will win the Is This Mutton Beauty Box?

If you're new to Is This Mutton there's still time to enter the Christmas giveaway.   The prize is a boax of beauty products worth more than £300. 

All you have to do is enter your email address here.  You'll be signing up for a weekly email update from Is This Mutton and of course you can unsubscribe at any time. Unfortunately the giveaway is limited to UK entrants only.  The giveaway closes on Dec 23. Terms and conditions are here.  

Existing subscribers will also be in the random draw to find the winner. The draw will take place on Saturday, Dec 24. The winner will be notified by email. Make sure isthismutton96@gmail.com does not go into your spam! 

Now it's time for the #WowOnWednesday link-up.  Bloggers, Instagrammers and YouTubers are invited to share new and evergreen content. 

Last Week's Favourites

Laurie from Vanity and Me with her post Winter Wardrobe Dressing Room Diaries.

The Power of Hair by Marsha at Marsha in the Middle

Colourful Tees and Maxi Skirts by Mica at Away from the Blue

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter


  1. I don't think I've ever had a Christmas jumper. Gerben did! I do love them though. I wish you a very cozy Christmas and enjoy your break!

  2. I never had a Christmas jumper before. But it looks like fun. Love your styles. Have a great holiday as well looking forward to seeing your new styles when you get back. https://www.bauchlefashion.com


Blog Design Created by pipdig