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24 Days of SAP Community – Door 16: Random Day Surprise // Ugly Sweater Day

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Annually, every third Friday of December it’s time to trade your casual garments for something more festive. We are celebrating Ugly Sweater Day. It’s an informal holiday with the purpose of bringing family, friends, and coworkers together for some laughs and good cheer. People celebrate Ugly Sweater Day by wearing their most outlandish and ugly sweaters and having a good time.  Admittedly, everyone of us has at least one ugly sweater in our closet and tomorrow, December 16, it’s time to show it to your fellow community members. It’s a great opportunity to break out all those tacky sweaters that have been taking up space in the closet and get everyone into the holiday spirit.

Ugly sweaters have been around for as long as people created a concept of fashion. I would like to claim that initially, they weren’t made purposefully – maybe someone made a mistake in their knitting (if you want to prevent this, be sure to check out this discussion thread by my colleague Anne) or tried a new design that didn’t turn out as cool as they thought it would. The exact origins of the tradition are unclear, but it’s said to have started around the early 90s. Two men from Vancouver started the idea to throw the first official holiday sweater party to receive donations for their friend’s cancer treatment. The party was a hit, paving the way for similar events to show up all over the world. Today, ugly sweater parties are a popular way for people to celebrate the holiday season and show off their funniest holiday sweaters.

My colleague Katherine already spoiled a little on the fact that there will be content about silly jumpers in her discussion thread – Door 15, go check it out her post, too. I hope (meanwhile), all of you have seen our calendar application on which we store all content pieces by the SAP Developer & Community Relations team that are part of 24 Days of SAP Community.

So, I hope you’re all prepared to slip into your most goofy holiday sweaters and post a picture of it into the comment section below and/or to social media with the hashtag #SAPCommunity24 and #uglysweaterday to show your holiday spirit. Get creative, have fun, and help us spread holiday cheer!


And here’s yet another spoiler: As always for our Random Day Surprises*, we have a badge ready for you to pimp the reputation section of your profile. Ensure to be active in SAP Community tomorrow on December 16, 2023 to receive this cool badge:


* Any of the following activities count to receive the badge:

  • Publish a blog post, comment, question, or an answer
  • Like any blog post or comment
  • Vote any question or answer up or down
  • Follow any person, tag, blog post, question, or answer
  • Update your profile picture, “About me” text, expertise, spoken languages, or Elsewhere links

Check back on some of my other blog posts around our Random Day Surprises of 2022: World Compliment Day // Global Running Day with SAP Community // International Coastal Clean Up Day

To recap on our lovely badges for Random Day Surprises of 2022:

Which one has been your favourite Random Day Surprise badge?


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      Author's profile photo Andrea Borgia
      Andrea Borgia

      1972, my year 🙂

      Author's profile photo Svea Becker
      Svea Becker

      Mine, too 😉

      Author's profile photo Alexander Schmidt
      Alexander Schmidt

      At Softway AG, we already celebrated the ugly sweater day yesterday! 🙂

      You're all invited to see our colleagues in some crazy sweaters -->

      Maybe there are some other companies to participate in this fun little challenge too?

      Author's profile photo Lena Stodal
      Lena Stodal
      Blog Post Author

      That's really cool! Thanks for sharing, Alexander!

      Author's profile photo Katherine Kenneally
      Katherine Kenneally

      I've seen people wearing Christmas jumpers in Ireland for the past two weeks! I even saw a couple (grown adults!) wearing them out doing their supermarket shopping yesterday evening 🙂

      Author's profile photo Svea Becker
      Svea Becker

      Ha! I just bought one for my husband as a Christmas present! Curious, how he likes it! 😉

      Author's profile photo Ian Thain
      Ian Thain

      Here's my 'sweater' from my team call


      Ugly sweater? I think not... Love Bulldogs

      Author's profile photo Jerry Janda
      Jerry Janda

      Here's mine...which will also be making an appearance in my #SAPCommunity24 contribution. (Yes, that's a shameless tease for Door 21 of 24 Days of SAP Community.) If the sweater's joke is lost on you, you'll just have to read my Coffee Corner discussion on the 21st! (If it isn't, try not to spoil for everyone else. 🙂 )

      Author's profile photo Lena Stodal
      Lena Stodal
      Blog Post Author

      This is:

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Not ugly, but definitely my favorite: