The Christmas Sweater

I once went shopping for Christmas clothes in Rotterdam and went into a very, very exepensive mens clothing shop and asked a man -obviously the owner walking around proud as a cat with two tails- if he had a Christmas Sweater size XXXL for me as it was at the top of my Christmas List.

“What sort of Christmas Jumper would one require?” he asked me in return and I showed him a picture similar to the one below which was a photograph of a sweater I once had but it shrunk in the washing machine. To which he replied mockingly “Oh no my dear Sir I am afraid there aren’t enough Christmas lights in the world to go with that!”, Cheeky!

So I figured that was a no. “Can one tell me what is second on ones list?” and just to annoy him a bit I said Dungerees which made hime laugh and he said Touché in a very merrily gay way. But he did sell me a plain pine tree green knitwear sweater without reindeer or anything else on it as he said one would need to leave some to others imagination with such a rich fantasy of Christmas sweater preferences, of which I thought again that it was cheeky of the good man but as he was obviously in a very festive mood I let it go.

Well, that was years ago and I am now looking for a new Christmas Sweater. Not one of those silly ones but a proper one, a Nordic Knitwear Sweater like in the knitting pattern mags they used to have in the old days. Anyone know where to get them? If you find this particular one or one like it in my size please let me know.

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Leendert van Gemeren

Dit ben ik, Leendert. Ik ben een beetje ouderwets en houd van dingen die geweest zijn, bijvoorbeeld oude Engelse series op TV zoals All Creatures Great And Small, mechanische horloges, bifocale brillen en oude langspeelplaten. Ik houd niet van moderne dingen en werk regelmatig aan een ouderwetse modelspoorbaan. Ik volg Jezus en schrijf mijn gedichten soms ook over Hem maar ik schrijf ook verhalen over het leven. Excentriek. Op feestjes ben ik vaak te vinden in de keuken.


This is me, Leendert. I am a little bit old-fashioned and I love things from the past, old series like All Creatures Great And Small, mechanical wristwatches, bi-focal glasses and vinyl records for example. I am not keen on modern things and I often work on this old style model railway. I follow Jesus and sometimes write a poem about Him but I also write about my life. Eccentric. You can often find me in the kitchen at parties.