For some, Christmas is the one time of year when they can wear their guilty pleasures. The ugly sweater, the enduring symbol of an unwanted gift from a well-intentioned but stylistically misguided donor, has become a badge of honor for those who receive it. Wearing an ugly sweater at the Little Apple on Main Street in Manayunk tonight from 7 to 10 gives patrons a chance to win a $50 gift bag.
It will mark the second ugly sweater party that Little Apple owner Molly Cygan Rossettie has hosted. Her mother in California even mailed her a sweater for the occasion. “My mother was put to the task of finding me one, but I’m sure I have worn an ugly sweater in my life without realizing it,” says Cygan Rossettie, whose husband will sport what she calls “a giant sweater from 1970s” to the party. The party will also feature sweets from Sweet Elizabeth’s Cakes and bread from Marchiano’s Bakery. Whoever is voted as having the ugliest sweater will win a $50 gift bag stuffed with everything from canned snow to journals, magnets and other trinkets. Through Dec. 21, the Little Apple is also hosting a 12 days of Chrismas sale with new promotions every day. On Monday, Dec. 19, people who spend more than $100 in the store receive a free gift.