SHARE
COPY LINK
PRESENTED BY MARKS & SPENCER

Top five quirky Christmas jumpers

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Ice skating, turkey dinner… and of course: Christmas jumpers. Don’t miss your chance to win a fantastically cheeky jumper – and the rest of your wish list – with this special offer from Marks & Spencer for The Local’s readers.

Top five quirky Christmas jumpers

Winter is in the air – and that means it’s time for Christmas shopping. And as a reader of The Local, you have an exclusive chance to win a €250 voucher to premier retailer Marks & Spencer to help you fill up those Christmas stockings just right.

M&S is your one-stop shop this year for Christmas cardsfestive lights, the perfect dress or suit for New Year's Eve, and presents for the entire family. You can even get help from a pair of friendly fairies to find the perfect gift for each and every one.

This season is all about magic and joy, and you can add a little sparkle to your holidays with luxurious coats, cashmere knitwear, fluffy socks, sleek lingerie, classic toys, and more.

But let’s be honest – all we really want is cosy Christmas jumpers, right?

Once upon a time these tacky holiday knits were synonymous with social death, but during the past few years vintage aficionados have taken them back in from the cold. Reindeer with 3D noses, Santa sweaters with built-in belts, and copious amounts of glitter thread are an integral part of the holiday season once again.

We picked out our five favourite jumpers below – one for him, one for her, and novelty knits for the little ones, too.

Click here to let us know which jumper is your own favourite, and you’ll be entered in our prize draw for a chance to win a €250 M&S voucher.

For him:

There’s no need to be subtle when it comes to Christmas cheer. This reindeer Santa jumper is the perfect gift for the guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously. Warm and whimsical, it’s just one of many jolly jumpers for men. See the full collection here.

For her:

Don’t limit yourself to Christmas – this fluffy jumper can be worn all year long. Pair it with jeans or pyjama pants to lounge at home, or dress it up with tights and a short skirt for going out. You’ll be walking in your own winter wonderland – a warm and stylish one. And it’s just one of many options.

For the kids:

Let the kids be kids this year. They’ll get the chance to unleash their wintery wild-side with this funky yeti sweater.  Click here to see other jumpers for the young at heart.

We’re convinced that even real penguins are jealous of this holiday look. This unique penguin jumper will keep the little ones toasty and tickled indeed. The charming design will delight parents and children alike, sure to make it a winter favourite for seasons to come.

For the even littler ones:


There are those among us who are not yet able to choose our own cosy jumpers. Luckily, there are still options – such as this adorable reindeer onesie. Even the littlest elves need a fair share of Christmas joy. 

This article was produced by The Local in association with Marks & Spencer.

CHRISTMAS

German Christmas market closures ‘can’t be ruled out’: health expert

As Germany battles a fierce Covid wave, concerns are growing over events, with one health expert saying closures of the country's beloved Christmas markets can't be ruled out.

Revellers enjoy mulled wine at the 'Santa Pauli' Christmas market in Hamburg on November 15th.
Revellers enjoy mulled wine at the 'Santa Pauli' Christmas market in Hamburg on November 15th. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Marcus Brandt

Martina Wenker, president of the Lower Saxony Medical Association, said she believed Christmas markets may have to be cancelled if the Covid-19 situation gets worse in Germany. 

“Depending on the regional incidence situation, closures should not be ruled out in extreme cases,” Wenker told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.

“We can’t stand by and celebrate while next door in the hospitals, planned operations have to be postponed frequently, corona patients are dying, and staff in practices and clinics are at their limits.”

Wenker said regional leaders allowed the opening of Christmas markets on the basis that the Covid situation was moderate.

“But if we reach higher levels of escalation, we will have to consider whether Christmas markets are still justifiable,” she said.

Germany on Tuesday reported 32,048 Covid infections within 24 hours and 265 Covid-related deaths. The 7-day incidence increased to 312.4 Covid cases per 100,000 residents. 

READ ALSO: Germany’s Covid incidence tops 300 for first time

‘Maximum safety’

Bavarian state premier Markus Söder said on Monday that he wanted to ensure there was “maximum safety” around Christmas markets.

He said it will be among the topics discussed at the Covid crisis talks between the federal government and state leaders this Thursday. 

In general, Söder said mask requirements should remain at Christmas markets as well as distance rules and other protection measures. 

In an interview with broadcaster Bayern3, Söder explained that so far there is no legal framework for Bavaria to cancel Christmas markets. “At the moment, we cannot legally order it,” he said.

Some Christmas markets, which have recently opened to the public, are already enforcing strict rules such as excluding the unvaccinated from entry, or not serving alcohol to people unless they can show proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid. 

READ ALSO:

Vocabulary

Christmas market – (der) Weihnachtsmarkt

Celebrate – feiern

Planned operations/procedures – geplante Eingriffe 

Postponed – verschoben

We’re aiming to help our readers improve their German by translating vocabulary from some of our news stories. Did you find this article useful? Let us know.

SHOW COMMENTS