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Houston’s Hottest Young Professionals Throw the Ultimate Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Some Sweaters Can Hurt Your Eyes

BY // 12.06.19
photography Michelle Watson/

Holiday fun comes in all shapes and sizes but few Christmasy diversions could be more entertaining than a tacky sweater party. Just ask the  very unfashionable throng that rolled into the Childrens’ Museum of Houston for a sixth season of dressing badly.

The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation‘s Young Professionals Group celebrated in style for their sixth annual Tacky Sweater Party and Book Drive. Needless to say, it was a colorful happening that took place in the holiday-decked museum.

There were sweaters with dangling Christmas tree balls, sweaters with drunken reindeer, several interesting Texas A&M sweaters (we’re not sure if that was school loyalty or a slam from UT rivals), and one colorful duo in pajamas printed with Christmas lights. These YPs were seriously into the theme.

There was a mission behind the fashion faux pas — packaging 3,804 books into home libraries that will be delivered to more than 600 underserved young students, pre-kindergarten through first grade. The books were purchased with proceeds from the Young Professionals Group’s Jungle Book Gala, which raised $250,000. (As it is the season of giving, your $30 tax-deductible donation to the foundation will provide a home library of six books for an underprivileged youngster.)

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