#XmasJumperDay for Save the Children: Our Time of Gifts week 23

Deck the halls with dangly baubles, toss some tinsel over your shoulder, don your finest tacky jumper, and dance around most merrily…..

It’s #XmasJumperDay!

Save the Children are asking everyone to put on a kitsch number today (Friday 13 December), and donate £1 to their cause.

You just need to Text TEAMTHINLYS to 70050; or donate here.

All money raised from Christmas Jumper Day will help save the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.

And £1 can make a difference. With it, Save the Children would be able to purchase:

– one day’s high-nutrient food to help treat a severely malnourished child
– nine sachets of oral rehydration treatment for children suffering from life-threatening diarrhoea
– antibiotics to treat three newborn babies with potentially deadly infections*

With any luck, today is likely to be a glorious takeover by taste-snatchers. Celebrities like Myleene Klass, Julie Walters, Gok Wan, Erin O’Connor, Lauren Laverne, Bruno Tonioli and Dom Joly have already posed in some delightfully kitsch outfits. And Arlene Philips will be leading a crowd of people in an attempt to break the world record of the largest number of Christmas jumper-wearers in one space (Westfield London). And then she’ll be getting them all to bop along to a cheesy number. Slick.

We bloggers are joining in with the festivities, too, thanks to the organisation of Chris Mosler from Thinly Spread.  At Woolly Wonderland – a 10-day pop-up for Christmas Jumper Day at London’s Westfield Stratford Shopping Centre – there was a range of sweater-related activities, including special blogger sessions featuring jumper customisation (where apparently so much yarn was needed, there was enough to fashion an enormous woolly phallus); and story time with a Gruffalo.

John Lewis, who led the customisation session and are official retail partners of Christmas Jumper Day, have pledged a whopping £25 from every Christmas jumper sold from the Save the Children range.

The folks at Westfield are proving to be all-round good eggs; for every blogger who uploads a post about the campaign, along with a festive shot of themselves in a Christmas jumper, Westfield have pledged to give £10 to Save the Children. Just be sure to tweet the link to your blog post to @westfieldlondon, so that they know you’ve taken part.

But it doesn’t end there. Today Thinly Spread, Save the Children, NetMums Bloggers, Tots100, BritMums, MumsNet Blogger Network, Love All Blogs and Blogs Up North are all coming together from 1-2pm for a Christmas Jumper Twitter Party.

The Pigeon Pair and Me will be there too. And when you pull up a chair, with a couple of mince pies to crumble fetchingly down your lovely jumper, don’t forget to use the hashtag for all your #XmasJumperDay tweets.

In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview of us, dancing around in our festive finery. This year, we opted for matching monochrome.** As you can see, the photo shoot was riotously undisciplined (just as it should be this time of year. Now, pass the sherry…..)

*I borrowed these facts from Chris Mosler’s post about about #XmasJumperDay.
**Life has been exceedingly busy of late, and we haven’t had a chance to make it yet to Westfield and John Lewis (No doubt we will, before the shopping season is out). So the children’s jumpers in these pictures are from Marks & Spencer, and mine is from H&M. Very pleased we are with them, too.


I’m incuding this post in Our Time of Gifts, my year-long adventure in sharing. Each week, I’m loaning or giving something away, then seeing what the universe brings to my doorstep….this week, my gift was £1 to Save the Children.
Click here to find out more about Our Time of Gifts 
(I’m hosting a Britmums Carnival on 17 December, and would love to include any posts you’ve written from the month before. Have you shared any stuff with neighbours or friends? Given to charity? Or passed something on to a complete stranger? Tweet your posts to @NellHeshram or email

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  • Charlie Hughes
    December 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Loved reading this and love the piccies ! I hadn’t realised today was #XmasJumperDay. I’ve been immersed in sick kiddies for 4 weeks and so much seems to have passed me by. This looked like lots of fun and I found out about it all today. Hope the Twitter party was fun. Love the guitar on the wall. Is that to keep it safe from little hands? 🙂 x #PoCoLo

    • Nell Heshram
      December 14, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Ha ha yes my other half plays, and high up on the wall seemed to be the best storage option to avoid destruction! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Sara Murray
    December 13, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Loving your Christmas outfits, very smart 🙂 Great post – we had no Xmas jumpers at all, so I went for a festive bauble addition for our #xmasjumperday photo!

    • Nell Heshram
      December 14, 2013 at 10:54 am

      I think that’s fair enough! Do they go in for Christmas jumpers much in the States? If not, maybe you should start a franchise over there 🙂

  • Suzanne Whitton
    December 14, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    What a fabulous way to pass the day – tinsel, dancing and kitsch jumpers! I love your kiddies’ jumpers 🙂 x

  • Victoria Welton
    December 14, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    You all look fantastic! I was so disappointed – I don’t have a Christmas jumper. I did tweet out and donate though 🙂 I fear I may miss your carnival as my donation to the refuge will be a bit later in the week. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

  • Tas D
    December 15, 2013 at 7:46 am

    I love your Christmas jumper. I think I want one for myself! 🙂

  • lovely2cu
    December 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I’m all for giving a quid to StC but you would have to pay me much more than that to get me into a Christmas Jumper! You and yours look very nice in yours, though 🙂 (#PoCoLo etc)


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