What better way to celebrate Hanukkah than with the important and beloved tradition of the ugly holiday sweater?
There are now lots of places where you can buy a Hanukkah-themed sweater with garish design and cringe-worthy puns, if you so choose.
"Let's get lit" is a popular Hanukkah sweater choice, since it combines the traditional lighting of a menorah with youth slang that will inevitably be used in a way that's possibly incorrect or at least very awkward. (This is a widely revered custom of the ugly sweater genre.)
Where to buy it: The Bay
Where to buy it: Nordstrom
This one is actually pretty funny.
This sweater is cute, but people who don't understand Hebrew pronunciation might ask you to explain it over and over. Great way to start a conversation!
For when you specifically want your sweater to reference latkes.
Where to buy it: Zazzle
For when you specifically want your sweater to reference latkes, but found the fonts on the previous sweaters a little too loud.
Where to buy it: Amazon
For a slightly more Hebraic take on the "Home Alone"-inspired "Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal" sweater.
Ugly Christmas sweaters, of course, are a long-established tradition. Various ugly sweater historians have linked their origins to '80s comedies like "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." They were brought back into the mainstream in the early 2000s.
The ugly sweater tradition is now so popular that many retailers make their own. In 2016, the American company Ragstock developed a Tinder-esque "Swipe-a-Sweater" app to help people more efficiently browse their collection. Ragstock's president bragged that they had the "largest inventory of vintage ugly sweaters in the world," with more than 25,000.
The trend has started to expand to other holidays with "ugly Halloween sweaters." So why should Hanukkah be any different?
The Jewish people's right to be just as schmaltzy and tacky as people who celebrate Christmas has even expanded to Hallmark: everyone's favourite producer of generic and predictable Christmas movies has two new Hanukkah flicks in the works.
Get your sweater on and settle in.