Friday, 6 December 2013

Great Jumpers of our Time No. 7 - Val et al

In view of the preponderance of Christmas jumpers that have flooded into the shops I felt I just had to post about them. They are everywhere and I can't deny I have been sorely tempted to buy one as I absolutely love wearing jumpers, much more preferable than sweatshirts, hoodies or the dreaded fleece. I have to say that the fleece is so often worn inappropriately and really has no business being seen anywhere other than up a mountain (or a munro if you happen to live in Scotland), a cold and damp camping trip or a ramble up to British Camp on the Malvern Hills. 

I welcome Autumn when it arrives with that definite nip in the air, when Winter is just around the corner, and the perfect excuse to dig my favourite woollies out from the back of the wardrobe.  I simply adore wearing jumpers (and cardigans of course) - the snugglier the better, with a high wool content for preference but I don't consider it a sin to wear a jumper that isn't 100% wool as these days technology has made man-made fibres so much more wearable and much less naff than they used to be if I'm honest.  

Of course the Christmas jumper first became popular on TV back in the 1970s and 80s by TV singers and presenters on their Christmas special.  I remember as a child being subjected to the Val Doonican Christmas Special usually broadcast on Christmas Eve, Val being a particular favourite with Mum and Dad. Who can forget Val ensconced in his rocking chair, strumming his guitar, regaling us with tales of Paddy McGinty's Goat, Delaney's Donkey and O'Rafferty's Motor Car.  At Christmas time the BBC would usually shove him and his rocking chair into a log cabin stuffed with Christmas trees, fur rugs and a group of girl backing singers sat adoringly at his feet singing and swaying along to O Little Town of Bethlehem and It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. What with Val crooning away in his rocker and Santa's imminent arrival, it was all a bit too much excitement for a Christmas Eve.

America had their own version of Val in the form of Andy Williams, again snow bound in a log cabin stuffed with Christmas trees, a chorus of winsome women and of course the obligatory Christmas jumper.  Nice one though of Andy's I thought.

The prize though for the best Christmas Jumper has to go to the brilliant Rudolph sweater made all the more gorgeous of course by the wearer, the delectable Colin Firth in the film version of Bridget Jones Diary.  I did post CF's jumper back in December 2011 as Great Jumpers of Our Time No 2  but with all these Christmas Jumpers flying about I felt I just had to give it another airing so here again is the Rudolph jumper modeled by the tasty Colin Firth as Mark Darcy as seen at Una Alconbury's New Year's Day Turkey Curry Buffet.  

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