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Why I've decided to wear a Christmas jumper every day

CHRISTMAS is a time of merriment, devilment and excitement, but some people have trouble getting into the spirit of things.

I'm a firm believer in breaking out the festive food, cheesy tunes and colourful wardrobe come December 1 and this time around I've decided to put a bit of snowflake sparkle into my work wear.

Of course, times are tough and the bitterly cold weather is not to everyone's enjoyment, but instead of turning into Scrooge let's embrace the chance to be festive -- so out with the doom and gloom and in with the Santas.

Many shoppers blow the budget on finding a sequinned, shimmery frock to impress their friends and family over the holidays, but in all honesty there is no better way to make an impression than bringing seasonal smiles via a big, woolly Christmas jumper.

I've decided to bring some festive cheer to the office over the next week and have vowed to help turn non-jumper fans into believers.

Courtesy of geansai goldmine Funky Christmas Jumpers, I'll be rocking around the Herald tree in a variety of ensembles adorned with baubles, lights and Rudolph the "Ryandeer".

"Last year we were lucky enough to have Ryan Tubridy wear our navy Rudolph jumper on the Late Late Show, since then everyone wants to get a piece," Donal McSharry, co-owner of Funky Christmas Jumpers, told me.

"We sold out on the foot of that and while we tried to stock enough to meet demand this time around it was gone by November 16."

Created in 2007 as a clothing website, Funky Christmas Jumpers has doubled its business annually and now, embracing its fourth Christmas since its inception, it has landed itself a premises on South William Street.

"We've grown at a steady rate because every year we try to do something different.

"Our wear is stylish and affordable range and caters for both adults and kids, so everyone in the family can sport one," said Donal.

Donal, along with creators Fabio Malle and Ciaran Byrne, come up with the designs for each jumper themselves and have 12 on offer for the 2011 holidays.

While I've been lucky to try out a few of my preferred type of attire for this experiment, I won't be the only hipster wearing one.

As well as the entire Xpose office at TV3, top model Rosanna Davison, rugby star Cian Healy and pro golfer Shane Lowry have already been showing theirs off.

The only question left then is which one to choose for the big day.