Storytime for Grownups: Ugly Sweater Season is Upon Us!

No matter what holiday you celebrate this season, and even if you don’t celebrate any holiday, ugly sweaters are something that we all have hidden away in our closet… ready to pull out on the one day of the year that the temperature drops below 70 degrees. Am I right? After you dust off your ugliest sweater, (and maybe even wear it to the Ugly Holiday Sweater Crawl in CityPlace) enjoy these quirky holiday offerings… all available at the Palm Beach County Library System. We wish you and your family a happy and healthy season!

Kesselman, Jonathan. “The Hebrew hammer” (DVD).

Jewish superhero Mordechai Jefferson Carver (a.k.a.: The Hebrew Hammer) attempts to save Hanukkah from a psychotic Santa Claus.” ®Bowker

Miller, Brian, Adam Paulson, and Kevin Wool, a.k.a. Team Ugly of “Ugly Christmas sweater party book : the definitive guide to getting your ugly on”.

“Definitive in every way, Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book includes the history of the event, how to throw the perfect party, what to wear, and how to judge the all-important ugly Christmas sweater contest. But most important, Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book is packed with more than 100 hilarious, full-color photos of outrageously ugly Christmas sweaters, including Scarf Face, Wreath Witherspoon, and Ryan Treecrest. It’s a must-have for the millions who plan to throw or attend an ugly Christmas sweater party, and a sidesplitting look at the funniest, craziest, most unbelievable holiday sweaters you can imagine–authorized by Team Ugly, the recognized experts on ugly Christmas sweater parties.” ®Bowker

Mann, Jen. “Spending the holidays with people I want to punch in the throat : yuletide yahoos, ho-ho-humblebraggers, and other seasonal scourges”.

For fans of Laurie Notaro and Jenny Lawson comes an uproarious and oddly endearing essay collection for anyone trying to survive the holidays in one piece. When it comes to time-honored holiday traditions, Jen Mann pulls no punches. In this hilariously irreverent collection of essays, Jen Mann, nationally bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat, turns her mordant wit on the holidays.” ®Bowker

Onion, Staff of the. “Christmas exposed : holiday coverage from America’s finest news source”.

“Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without impulse-priced holiday gift books–and now The Onion has unleashed its award-winning team of investigative journalists upon the genre. Christmas Exposed features more than one hundred shocking tales of Secret Santas, shopping mall mayhem, dysfunctional family dinners, and much, much more.” ®Bowker

Pasricha, Neil. “The book of (holiday) awesome”.

Holidays can be awesome, but not necessarily in the ways that many of us might consider. Pasricha portrays the value of silly victories, warm moments, and lots of things that can’t be bought, such as drinking with grandma, successfully taking a nap at the in-laws, regifting a present to someone who actually appreciates it, ripping presents open with the gusto of a wild animal, and stealing smoldering cookies straight out of the oven. Even the biggest grinches can’t deny these delightfully digestible anecdotes are truly special. It’s somewhat odd that this book, which also references New Year’s, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, summertime, Halloween, and Thanksgiving, starts with Christmas. No matter. It’s more about special moments such as getting served breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day or catching the ice cream truck. Pasricha does a wonderful job of reminding us that holidays and seasons can hold special delights if we lend enough attention to fully appreciate them. A great little book for getting in the mood to simply enjoy life.”–DeGrane, Susan ©Booklist

Piven, Joshua and David Borgenicht. “The worst-case scenario survival handbook. Holidays”.

Turkey on fire? No plans for New Year’s Eve? Obnoxious relatives headed your way? The authors of the best-selling The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook are here to help you survive the dangers of the holiday season, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Learn how to rescue someone stuck in a chimney, survive the office holiday party, and escape a runaway parade balloon. Expertly deal with a meddling parent, silence a group of carolers, and treat a tongue stuck to a frozen pole. Illustrated, step-by-step instructions guide you through these and dozens of other festive scenarios. With a helpful appendix of holiday excuses, last-minute gift ideas, and creative drink recipes for when the liquor runs out, this is truly the perfect holiday book.” ®Bowker

Sack, Brian and Jack Helmuth. “The United States vs. Santa Claus : how the U.S. government destroyed Christmas”.

“The comedic minds behind TheBlaze TV’s hit show , The B.S. of A. with Brian Sack bring you their hilarious vision of Christmas Future–or possibly sooner.What happens when the Scrooge-iest Washington politicians take on the jolliest soul of all time? Can a scandal-plagued administration distract the American public by bringing Santa to his knees? Can a bumbling bureaucracy destroy the reputation of the most popular man in the Northern Hemisphere? Spoiler alert: YES! And faster than you can say ho-ho-ho!” ®Bowker

Sedaris, Amy. “I like you : hospitality under the influence”.

Are you lacking direction in how to whip up a swanky soirée for lumberjacks? A dinner party for white-collar workers? A festive gathering for the grieving? Don’t despair. Take a cue from entertaining expert Amy Sedaris and host an unforgettable fete that will have your guests raving. Readers will discover unique dishes to serve alcoholics (Broiled Frozen Chicken Wings with Applesauce), the secret to a successful children’s party (a half-hour time limit, games included), plus an appendix of arts and crafts ideas (a mini pantihose plant-hanger), and much more.” –From publisher description.

Sedaris, David. “Holidays on Ice”.

A best-selling classic features six additional works on the joys and embarrassments of favorite holidays, in a volume that includes tales of tardy trick-or-treaters, the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to another culture, and a barnyard Secret Santa scheme gone awry.” ®Bowker

Shay, Brandy & Matt. “Ugly Christmas sweater party: Christmas crafts, recipes, activities”.

“Put on your ugly holiday sweater and get ready to PARTY! Whether you’re planning your own wacky celebration or contributing to someone else’s festive affair, here are the most deliciously ugly (in a good way!) ideas for making Christmas merry. Dress up in a crazy Poinsettia Poncho. Serve easy-to-prepare eats and drinks like Strawberry Santa Hats and Jingle Bells Sangria. Play a game of Candy Cane Pickup. You’re ready to go: just set the date!” ®Bowker


Once again, we’d like to thank Adam Davis, Director of System Services for the Palm Beach County Library System, for bringing the ugly to life! The Palm Beach County Library System has dozens of electronic books, printed books – both novels & non-fiction, audiobooks, and DVDs or Blu-ray discs from just about every series and film. Travel to your closest branch or find them on the web!

If you’re interested in showing off your “great looking” sweater, the city of West Palm Beach has you covered! as the ugly sweaters will take over West Palm Beach once again on Saturday, Dec. 16th for the 3rd annual, Ugly Holiday Sweater Crawl!

Last year nearly 500 revelers donned their ugly sweaters for a day of bar-hopping in WPB, and this year is looking to be event bigger and better as the crawl takes over CityPlace!

Join us as we spread holiday cheer, enjoying exclusive food & drink specials at your favorite CityPlace bars & restaurants, and collect toys for Toys for Tots!

– Complimentary Drinks (4 ‘Free Drink Tokens’ good on beer & mixed drinks)
– Free entry into your favorite CityPlace bars & restaurants
– Exclusive food & shot discounts and special entertainment
– Tons of free holiday swag, giveaways, and more!

– Currently just $25 (prices will increase) Don’t wait around, as prices increase every week leading up to the crawl on Dec. 16th!
– $40 at the door

Brother Jimmy’s WPB, Copper Blues West Palm Beach, Blue Martini West Palm Beach, Mellow Mushroom, Cabo Flats – West Palm Beach, Mojito Latin Cuisine &BAR, Revolutions at CityPlace

Check-In will be held from 2-6pm in the CityPlace Plaza (700 S. Rosemary Ave). The Crawl & specials will go until 8pm.

To help make sure we’re partying for a good cause, the Ugly Holiday Sweater Crawl will be accepting Toys for Tots donations at Check-In. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to help those less fortunate in the community.

There will also be live music starting at 7pm on the Plaza stage, and CityPlace will be making it snow at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm!

For full details on the crawl and links to purchase tickets, please go to

Of course, if you’re feeling lucky, visit our Facebook page for your chance to win 2 free tickets to the Ugly Holiday Sweater Crawl! Good luck, and happy holidays!