07 December 2020 14:37
Join the Secret Elves to discover the best shopping deals and things to do this Christmas Spread the Christmas cheer! Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email More than 11 months since you stuffed it to the back of the wardrobe, it's time to dig out your favourite Christmas jumper again. Christmas Jumper Day - when Brits up and down the country are encouraged to dig out their favourite festive pullovers and raise money for Save the Children - returns again this year. The date for this year's day is Friday December 11, so you've got a few days to find your favourite jumper - or jumpers if you're really keen on the day - or buy a brand new one. Even if you don't have a Christmassy jumper, you can put on a normal sweater then jazz it up with some tinsel, baubles or even lights.
As well as having fun by wearing some amusing Christmas attire, there's also a serious side to this day. What is Christmas Jumper Day? The day is organised by Save the Children, a charity that helps feed, educate and protect children around the world from conflict and disease. Everyone who takes is part asked to donate £2 - or £1 if they're at school. Save the Children says the money raised can go towards: Pay for hand sanitiser at one of its medical clinics to help fight Covid-19 $6 for a health worker's face shield in Yemen £10 for antibiotics to help five children beat malnutrition £20 for a back-to-school kit for a child in Indonesia £60 for books and toys for UK children living in struggling families £100 for a health worker's first aid kit in Somalia According to Save the Children, 2,236,884 are set to wear their Christmas jumpers on December 11, with 17,616 schools, youth groups, workplaces and homes signed up to have some fun and do their bit to help kids around the world. Other ways to donate (Image: Getty) It may not be possible for some workplaces, schools and groups to be together on Christmas Jumper Day this year and put their cash in the buckets. Undeterred, the charity has suggested some unique ways to help raise funds. Mute button penalty: Having a meeting over Zoom? Every time someone talks on mute, they have to donate £2. Christmas Carol-oke: Crack out the laptop and get everyone online for a Christmas singalong with a £2 entry fee, and extra for requests. Quarantine quiz: Online quizzes have been very popular in 2020, so charge an entrance fee or - if you run a business - match donations to the number of people who join in. 11 days of jumpers: Wear your jumper for 11 consecutive days, no matter where you are or what you're doing. Jumping jumper: Do an activity - whether it's running a 10k, going for a bike ride or any other exercise - in your pullover and get sponsored for it. Most jumpers: If you have a lot of sweaters, see how many you can put on in 30 seconds and go up against your friends.