Christmas dress-up has gone AWOL

For most of this year’s Christmas days the dress code was “ugly Christmas sweaters”. Noooo…. I hate that. What happened to dressing up for Christmas? I have seen so many pretty party dresses on other blogs. As I am on a spending curfew, there were no new dresses in my closet. But hey… the ones that are already in there, aren’t exactly worn-out. I had plenty of choice. So I cheated. In this post you will find me in normal outfits and the rest in ugly Christmas sweaters. And some hilarious moments.

Above: This is the only Christmas sweater I wore for 1 hour on second Christmas day. The snood is separate from the sweater which had a horrible round neckline.

Christmas Eve

The day before Christmas we were to go to my mother’s house and bring food for dinner. Unfortunately Ron was really ill. He got a terrible cold which he did not want to pass on to my mother, so I went alone. I knew my mother would make the effort to dress up and I honoured that.

Below: My mother (89). She has recovered very well from a shingles attack in her face, poor thing, but is still in pain every day. Like me, she likes to hold on to something when her photo is taken 😂.


Below: Bad distorted iPhone photo. This was what I was wearing: black sweater, orange leather skirt, suede pumps and a paint brooch by Xenia Walschikow.

First Christmas Day

Below: First Christmas Day. First cheating. We spent the afternoon and evening at my stepdaughter’s house. Nicky is an excellent cook (yay). Wearing lots of glitter brooches as a nicer “Christmas sweater” than the one at the top of this post.

Crazy Christmas 2017

Below: Nicky’s house had the Christmas spirit with a tree, presents, ornaments and candles.

Crazy Christmas 2017

Below: On her wall hung cheers in anticipation of her birthday December 28.

Crazy Christmas 2017

But… it was “ugly Chrismas sweaters code” in her house.

Below: Nicky opted for an ugly Christmas suit with a reindeer headpiece. Ah.. when you are young… everything looks good.

Crazy Christmas 2017

Below: Her boyfriend Randolf got the award for worst Christmas wear… pretending to sit on Santa’s shoulders. It was more obvious when he was standing up, but haven’t got that picture.

Crazy Christmas 2017

Below: The suit he was wearing underneath Santa was meant to be ugly too, but he looks quite good in it.

Crazy Christmas 2017

My dear husband might have gotten the award as well. His sweater was rather shocking.

Below: First picture shows you Santa’s underwear (an iPhone was hidden in the sweater.) ………..

Crazy Christmas 2017

Below: … second picture shows you Santa’s bare bum, which was swinging from left to right. How low can you go? Really. Toilet humour. He only showed me this seconds before we headed out the door. He knew my thoughts on such things. I decided to go with the flow and laugh about it.

Crazy Christmas 2017

Below: Failing of course, but trying to restore a little decorum here. (Nicky has one rather splendid purple wall in her living room with a big mustard yellow couch in front of it. Daring. And I like it a lot.) The skirt is part of a suit which is rather difficult to style. The silver/golden boots you have seen with a cream tunic and jeans and with a green jacket and black pencil skirt.

Crazy Christmas 2017

Below: Details. Recognize “The Paris necklace“?

Crazy Christmas 2017

Below: The reindeers on Nicky’s head are competing with the birds in the wallpaper.

Crazy Christmas 2017

Below: Boyfriend being nice. (He is a really nice guy, good sense of humour too.)

Crazy Christmas 2017

Then the evening fell and we unpacked our presents before dinner. We had used an app for drawing a person to buy presents for. It also showed everone’s wishlist. One of Ron’s wishes had been: Long Blond Curles…. Santa complied and it had us in stitches for quite a while.

Below: With the hairnet still around the cheap wig.

Crazy Christmas 2017

Below: With the curls. Actually, I think it suits him rather well.

Crazy Christmas 2017

Second Christmas Day

I haven’t got any pictures of the others on second Christmas Day. We were at the house of friends. Their daughter, her husband and their two children were celebrating Christmas with them and they invited us as well. Our friends cook like chefs. No chance of saying no to such an invitation: good company and good food. And all of them dressed in ugly Christmas sweaters. Ugh. To comply I put on the sweater at the top of this post and took it off after an hour. I just cannot do this.

Below: This is what I wore underneath the red sweater. Same recipe as the first day, only now with other boots and my wide trousers instead of the skirt. Sorry, grainy photo, the outfit looks almost grey instead of black. And I should have tightened the necklace belt.

Crazy Christmas 2017

The food was really good but I do feel like a stuffed goose and am suffering from heartburn. I need exercise and less (rich) food. Never mind, I have spent Christmas time with the ones I love and who love me. Cannot ask for anything better.

Next week you will see a “normal post” again.

Have a splendid 2018 my dears.


No Fear of Fashion





  1. 31 December 2017 / 17:42

    This was a fun post, but I feel the same way about the ugly Christmas sweaters. I guess because I already lived through them once??? But I need to get over that, because they are the big thing, aren’t they???
    Say hello to your wonderful mother, and I hope the pain goes away soon.
    Happy New years celebration and see you in 2018!!

    • Greetje
      1 January 2018 / 10:51

      Happy New Year to you too Jodie. Mum is slowly getting better. A teeny bit every day. And eh… I don’t think I will get over the ugly Christmas sweater trend. I will keep on protesting.

    • Kell
      1 January 2018 / 21:07

      I agree! Ron’s is pretty hilarious though. And, yes, the young people make even the tacky clothing look cool. I ignore the ugly sweater mandates. I refuse to spend money on something ugly!

      I can see where you get your sense of style. It obviously runs in the family!

      • Greetje
        2 January 2018 / 13:38

        My mum will be very pleased with your comment.

  2. Gee
    31 December 2017 / 17:46

    Greetje, I take back every negative thing I said about those wide trousers – they look fabulous! As for the ugly sweaters, yes, I hate them too; but now I understand why I saw so many truly dreadful Christmassy clothes for sale just before the holiday. Obviously, everyone (but me) had been invited either to your Mum’s or Nicky’s!
    Happy New Year to you and Ron and your Mum and Nicky and Randolf.

    Just a thought: you could have that photo of Ron under his blonde curls printed on a sweatshirt for next Christmas! Think eBay, Amazon, the corner shop, all your friends, your Mum… I mean, what’s not to like? You could make a fortune!

    Happy 2018!

    • Greetje
      1 January 2018 / 10:55

      Whahaha… you gave me my first laugh in 2018. Thank you! I honestly do not want to play along with the ugly Christmas sweater trend. I am revolting and will continue to do so.
      The seamstress has taken up the wide trousers just a teeny bit. Perhaps that makes the difference?

  3. Jessica
    31 December 2017 / 18:04

    I hate those ugly Christmas sweaters. My BF had one, but thankfully it was made of synthetic fibres which he hated. It got donated after just one wear. I rather like the Christmas suits though. And Ron looks smashing with those curls 😛
    Have a wonderful NYE and a great 2018!

    • Greetje
      1 January 2018 / 11:00

      The same best wishes for 2018 to you too Jessica. I have asked Ron to let his hair grow a bit longer as I don’t like that military crew cut on him. So far he is complying but that doesn’t mean anything haha.
      We donated our ugly Christmas sweaters as well. To the daughter of our friends, who has to appear in these things at school for the kids. She is a teacher.

  4. Kristine Chapman
    31 December 2017 / 19:18

    I agree about the ugly Christmas sweater trend…..I just don’t get it!!! How lovely to see your mother ( I have missed both my parents this Christmas….). I hope that she feels better from her shingles soon.

    Also, I noticed your dog in the photo with your husband ( we have a wirehaired pointing griffon also!)

    Thank you for your lovely posts of your life – I always enjoy reading them!

    Happy New Year!

    • Greetje
      1 January 2018 / 11:02

      Mum is getting a teeny bit better every day. Thanks for your concern. Charlie, our Korthals griffon dog, has photobombed many outfit shoots haha. She is a lovely and very friendly dog. Although other female dogs don’t get her appreciation but that is just a lot of noise.

  5. 31 December 2017 / 19:20

    Those black suit trousers look fantastic with that fitted jumper. And that array of sparkly brooches is a brilliant idea for festive dressing without going as far reindeer antlers.
    Thanks for sharing and happy new year

    • Greetje
      1 January 2018 / 11:05

      I am glad I inspired you for next year. Those brooches don’t cost much. The big center one is even plastic and cost me € 8 haha. I usually have that one pinned on my fuchsia coccon coat. Looks great.
      It was an emergency styling job. When the pressure is on, you can come up with the best things.

  6. 31 December 2017 / 20:21

    You did the ugly Christmas sweater trend very well, by taking them off! Hahaha. I am not a fan but they do add merriment. Randolf and Nicky win the prize, with Ron a very close second, especially with the curls. Hahaha!! What a great idea for his wish list. And you, Greetje, look relaxed, stylish, and happy – good idea about the necklace belt! Finally, your mum looks fantastic, and I’m happy she has recovered from shingles!
    Happy 2018!!!

    • Greetje
      1 January 2018 / 11:09

      Happy 2018 to you and O too dear Melanie. We have had a lovely Christmas time and New Year. Now I am on a diet. I am even glad I can get back to work tomorrow, can you believe it? Ron has lovely hair and I have asked him to let it grow a little and not have such a crew cut. He has complied with that one barber visit. Not sure how long he is willing to let it grow.

  7. Marianne
    31 December 2017 / 21:04

    Greetje I love your brooch idea on a plain jumper, it looks great. Happy new year to you and all your

    • Greetje
      1 January 2018 / 11:10

      Thanks darling. Of course the same to you and your loved ones. Next week I will be posting our BVA photos with the cute fuchsia bag you gave me. It is a little treasure.

  8. Barbara W.
    31 December 2017 / 21:33

    The reindeer on Randolf’s suit are… Are they really?

    OMG, yes, I believe they are.

    • Greetje
      1 January 2018 / 11:11

      Hahaha.. yes Barbara… they are. It took us a while to find that out. Let’s say, it is nature. 😂😂😂

  9. Marilee Gramith
    1 January 2018 / 01:43

    There is no shortage of merry making and laughter in your Chritmas gatherings Greetje!! Clearly you are a family of very fun people who enjoy being together and being real. Precious memories!!
    Your willingness to wear one of those crazy sweaters shows your love for your family and their humor. I have some Christmas sweaters that I think fall into the “traditional” category, They are sort of Nordic in style. A bit like the suits that Nicky and her boyfriend are wearing without the “deer fornication” :-):-)
    Once again you’ve treated us to a slice of your life and “holiday style” Greetje. Your posts are so much fun to read. Ron in the blonde wig is a TREASURE!!! Isn’t he clever asking for blonde curls and then slapping them on happily! Love that man of yours!!
    I hope your New Year’s celebration is even half as much fun as your Christmas was!!
    Happy New Year Greetje.

    • Greetje
      1 January 2018 / 11:16

      Our New Year’s eve was quiet, merry and happy with friends. Great evening. You have sharp eyes to spot the deer fornication haha. It took us a while before we spotted that. Fortunately nobody of our family or friends minds making a fool of him or herself. Indeed a very good recipe for fun.
      Hope you will have a splendid 2018.

  10. 1 January 2018 / 09:49

    Nicky and Randolf are the best ,,worse,, dressed people I have seen this year! They actually look pretty good in their suits! People like that must have a lot of humor! I love that. Happy New Year Greetje!

    • Greetje
      1 January 2018 / 11:18

      Well, Nicky is a child of Ron, whichis a guarantee for fun and humour. And she found such a good match in Randolf, who also has a great sense of humour. The guy can hold his own ground when he is being teased.
      Wishing you a happy New Year too Nancy.

  11. 1 January 2018 / 15:06

    Looks like a fun time! Ron is such a card : )

    Happy New Year Greetje! All the very best in 2018!


    • Greetje
      1 January 2018 / 17:34

      Thanks lovely. The best for you too of course. Hope your hubby can stay a little longer.

  12. Sue
    1 January 2018 / 19:23

    Your Mom is beautiful. I love all the pictures. What fun. God bless you in the New Year.

    • Greetje
      1 January 2018 / 19:43

      Thank you Sue. My mum will love hearing this. And a very Happy and blessed New Year to you too.

  13. Katrien
    1 January 2018 / 20:08

    Ha Ha Ha, can’t stop chuckling. That blond wig is a winner:) And I can so identify when it comes to Christmas sweaters, had to wear one too one night. I looked a lot like the shubby reindeer on the front. Keep writing your beautiful real, funny and honest blogs. Was good seeing you. Happy 2018! XK

    • Greetje
      1 January 2018 / 21:10

      Likewise my dear. I am grateful you the time to see me with your busy schedule. When I get comments like these, it makes my day. Feeling proud. Happy 2018 to you too.

  14. 1 January 2018 / 21:26

    The last outfit with the wide leg pants looks really good, very elegant. Ron is a naughty boy with that Santa sweater! I’m with you on the ugly Christmas sweaters, though I have to say Nicki and her boyfriend look very cute.

    • Greetje
      2 January 2018 / 06:48

      Well, the young can get away with wearing a potato bag and still look good, as we say in The Netherlands. I had the hem of the wide trousers taken up a teeny bit and they are better now.

    • Greetje
      2 January 2018 / 06:50

      Avery happy New Year to you too Claudia. You are doing so well on your style journey with Sylvia.

  15. Jill
    2 January 2018 / 06:01

    Friends have told me about how ther holiday celebrations were borin, well your family seems to have fun and is not boring! The sweaters were truly ugly, I think your outfit was cheating, the brooches on the sweater look pretty good. What fun, Happy NewYear

    • Greetje
      2 January 2018 / 06:52

      Oh yes, I was definitely cheating, but my family and friends know me and forgave me. We usually play games when there are only a small group of people together (like 4). And no, it is not boring. Happy New Year to you too Jill.

  16. 2 January 2018 / 14:37

    Hope your mum is feeling much better -shingles is a horrible thing, my mother and sister both get afflicted. I am with you on the ugly sweater thing – I mean why? Why spend money on something awful, it takes me so much effort to try and look good! That said, Nicky and Randalph look rather fabulous – I think ugly sweater are maybe for the young, my daughter has one of skiing bunnies – on anyone else it would be horrendous, on her fresh young form it is actually rather cute. Anyway, happy new year, may it bring happiness to all those close to you as well as you yourself

    • Greetje
      2 January 2018 / 20:01

      I wish you the same Juliet, a very happy new year. I agree that those sweaters look good on the young. One reader told me that it is a trend amongst young people in their thirties. Fits like a glove in my situations. It were the young ones that suggested it. Although there were quite a lot of 60+ people happily agreeing. Everybody besides mum and me.

  17. 2 January 2018 / 19:49

    I was eating a plate of pasta as I read this post. The image of your daughter’s boyfriend made me laugh so hard, by accident I spit my food out!!!!! What great fun 🙂

    • Greetje
      2 January 2018 / 20:02

      Oh that is good!! A good laugh is what I aim for. So thank your for telling me.

  18. 4 January 2018 / 02:11

    I bought those suits for MY SONS!!!!ONE RED and one GREEN!
    They were a HIT!
    LOVE LOVE LOVE your little silver booties!
    I cannot DO the UGLY SWEATER thing either…….what is the POINT!?

    • Greetje
      4 January 2018 / 06:48

      I now have come to the conclusion that ugly Christmas sweaters is for the young ones. As you say, what is the point?

  19. 4 January 2018 / 02:27

    What fun this post is, your opening picture was a winner! Yes, a tad ugly– but what fun . A total contrast to your elegant sweater made up of brooches and worn beautifully twice with the skirt and wide legged trousers.
    I quite liked Nicky’s suit! And that wall paper is stunning. Her husband, well, Let just say LOL! One of the funniest I have seen– and Ron’ sweater too. Cudos to whomever made that one! I want that job!
    I love when we can dress with a sense of humour, as well as elegance.
    and the wig, oh MY ! Huge roars of laughing here!
    xoxo , Elle

    • Greetje
      4 January 2018 / 06:49

      Glad I could entertain you Elle. The main purpose of my blog, as you know.

  20. 5 January 2018 / 17:55

    Hi Greetje. Fun photos. In my family we all went for dressing up, which was beautiful. Seeing your photo diary though, I think ugly sweaters are actually a good idea for Xmas as well. Ugly as they are, they take care of fun and laughter just by putting them on! You had the best mix of all in your stylish outfits and the fun factor around you. Have a great 2018. Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      5 January 2018 / 22:21

      You are right. It was just that I have few occasions to dress up for.

  21. Lise
    5 January 2018 / 18:54

    Hi Greetje, I immediately noticed the new improved look of your wide leg trousers. Happy New Year! Lise

    • Greetje
      5 January 2018 / 22:26

      Did you? How nice! The seamstress took the hem up a little bit.

  22. 7 January 2018 / 12:21

    Your outfit is superb, as I said on Facebook when I saw it first. I think your family is hilarious! Also agree the boyfriends suit is rather fabulous actually, not sure it should be in the horrible category at all.

    • Greetje
      7 January 2018 / 14:39

      Did you see what the reindeers are up to on the boyfriend’s suit????

  23. Trish
    7 January 2018 / 15:27

    Happy New Year for 2018 and best wishes to your Mum. Shingles is painful. I hope the sensations go off soon. I agree with you about dressing up. I would much rather do this on Christmas Day but since celebrations are often at our house and I’m cooking, practicalities come first.

    • Greetje
      7 January 2018 / 17:12

      Ah, as I am a very bad cook, that doesn’t apply to me. If I would have to cook because we have guests and Ron would refuse to cook (which he never does), I would go to the butcher who caters as well. Stick it in the oven and I cannot go wrong (did this a couple of times). Moneywise it isn’t even more expensive than buying and making it yourself. Oh well, a bit then. I will tell my mum you wish her well. And of course a Happy New Year to you too.

  24. 1 February 2018 / 19:57

    I think Nikkie and her boyfriend are wearing OPPO-suits. Am I right?

    I would have gladly complied; fun!

    Gosh, I never knew that Ron looked up to me so much. That I am his role model. Woohahaha…long blonde curls…. Hilarious.

    Nice use of the Paris necklace. Personally I would group the broches in a different way.

    • Greetje
      3 February 2018 / 17:38

      No idea where they got their gear.
      Yes, I could have put the brooches all together on one side, but I thought this was nice too.
      Using the Paris necklace this way, as a belt, was one of the sales ideas of the Jeddy Sales Assistant.
      And no, Ron does not look up to your curls haha.

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