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December 22, 2012

Celebrating the 'Ugly Christmas Sweater'

GREENVILLE — Most people have at least one item of clothing in their closet they can only wear during a certain time of year, if they dare.

It remains buried in the back, away from the light of day and only is brought out on special occasions because, admittedly, they wouldn’t be seen in it other than during the Christmas season.

Hunt County celebrated the tradition of the “Ugly Christmas Sweater” Friday, with a contest to name the best — or worst — during the employee Christmas luncheon at the courthouse.

Hunt County Court at Law No. 1 Judge Andrew Bench was the arbitrator for the event.

“I promise a fair and equitable contest,” Bench told the Herald-Banner, noting that his job would not be easy. “Those are some ugly sweaters.”

The entrants ranged from sweaters featuring garish mix-ups of color and unusual depictions of Santa Claus, to those decorated to the maximum. District Clerk’s office employee Pat Lattig even went multi-media with her sweater, adding large lights and a huge ornament with a moving holiday scene inside.

The contestants staged a spirited exhibit which became even more “spirited” when Sandra Linson-Bell worked the catwalk with attitude, as miniature ornaments occasionally flew off her sweater and rolled along the second floor lobby. Linson-Bell even prepared an acceptance speech if she won ... which she did not.

The winners included David Hoyle in third place, Cher Perry in second place and Brenda Wells, sporting a snowy white sweater with a Christmas tree made up of Polar/Teddy Bears, earning first place. Each of the winning contestants were presented with a gift bag.

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