CHS teachers celebrate ugly christmas sweater tradition

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For two years, CHS English teachers Mary Kay Albamonte and Katherine Apperson have worn ugly Christmas sweaters throughout December, and they both say they do not intend on stopping their shared tradition anytime soon.

Before both Albamonte and Apperson worked together at CHS, they celebrated the tradition separately.

Albamonte started the tradition when she first began teaching with former Conant social studies teacher, Rosemary Albright. “[We started it] just for fun,” she said.

During Apperson’s senior year of high school, a “Sweater Day” inspired Apperson to begin her own Christmas sweater tradition, which was the same as Albamonte’s.

Apperson began collecting sweaters from her grandmother during her senior year. “I began my collection with four sweaters, and it continued to expand. I love collecting Christmas sweaters, especially penguin sweaters,” she explained.

When Apperson began teaching at CHS, she learned of Albamonte’s Christmas sweater tradition. “I thought it sounded amazing, so I joined [her],” Apperson said.

Albamonte said she enjoys watching young people, like Apperson, wear ugly Christmas sweaters. “In the future, I hope both teachers and students continue the [ugly Christmas sweater] tradition,” Albamonte said.

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