Yesterday on the National Public Radio program The Splendid Table, Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s guest said that women shouldn’t wear their Christmas sweaters to holiday parties. He said they add 10 years to a woman’s age.
What do you think?
My opinion is that if a Christmas sweater gives you joy, wear it. And there are many Christmas sweaters that are sparkly and elegant, very dressy and festive for the holidays.
He may be used to entertaining in a grand way. He also advised party guests not to bring wine to be served with the meal. He plans his selections, and what guests bring don’t complement his menu.
Another recommendation: Don’t bring flowers. It takes his time away from his guests when he has to find a vase and arrange the flowers. He suggested sending flowers the next day with a thank you notes.
Update: Two readers agreed with me that it's O.K. to wear your Christmas sweater to holiday events if it makes you happy. They also thought bringing wine or flowers to the hostess or host is fine, unless it is a very formal event.
I asked my niece, owner of Diva Botique in Bellingham, Wash., to send me a photo of a glamorous Christmas sweater. To the right is the photo she provided.
Undate 2: Denise, who wrote a comment below, send me a photo of a Christmas sweater to use in my post. I've added it above.
Note: Diva Botique is no longer in business.
Copyright 2009, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist