Hi everyone

Maybe I should be doing this post next week, but deciding what to wear on Christmas Day is a perennial dilemma. There are so many articles and blogs telling one what to wear and it seems no different this year. And of course there’s always the Christmas jumper – see Gail of Is This Mutton and her choice for Christmas 2020.  But I don’t do those. Personally I like a bit of glitter and as we’re having an online Christmas this year I have several tops that I might wear for the FaceTime or WhatsApp calls. But do note I shall be wearing something very functional whilst I cook our Christmas lunch, which will be a roast beef with all the trimmings rather than the usual turkey. Phew, quite relieved really as I do find turkey quite a challenge to cook – only been doing it for nearly 50 years! Yet I never believe it’s going to be OK until the first mouthful.

So this is what I’ll be wearing whilst cooking.

That’s an old pair of black jeggings (Florence & Fred) paired with an old top (Peacock’s) with a new long all wool cardi bought for £7 from Emmaus in Portslade – as I’ve said before I think Outfit at Emmaus is one of the best charity shops in the Brighton area.

Anyway, there’s this new jacket I bought recently, also for £7

This would stand out during a WhatsApp call as the black background is made up of tiny beads that sparkle when they catch the light.

This is what I wore last year – not on Christmas Day but a few days before. This outfit consists of an old sparkly sequinned charity shop top with a newly bought charity shop asymmetric skirt.

And what about this – it’s quite a favourite. Can’t remember the price but it wasn’t much!

You can see that this embroidered dress will make quite a statement while we’re on those WhatsApp calls.

Personally I find Christmas Day quite stressful and don’t exactly like the large numbers we sometimes find ourselves amongst and I admit that last year we opted out. Just as well as I started sneezing midday and would have given everyone a very nasty virus, which as you know went on to have awful consequences for me.

That’s all for now, but do tell me how you’re doing your Christmas. It’ll be good to know we are not the only ones having a quiet Christmas, just the two of us at home, which is fine.  Besides, I look forward to next year’s celebrations when I want the most crowded Christmas possible with as many hugs and kisses that can be had, ever. Oh yes, bring on those squeezable hugs!

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper 

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47 thoughts on “What are you wearing for Christmas?

  • 16th December 2020 at 8:31 am

    Hi Penny

    We are also spending Xmas just the two of us and looking forward to next year, haven’t decided yet what I will wear on the day. Love reading your blog and thank you for taking the time to write it for us
    Stay safe and here’s to 2021

    • 16th December 2020 at 10:51 am

      Thank you so much Mary for those kind words – you stay safe too and definitely here’s to a better year!

  • 16th December 2020 at 9:15 am

    I’ll be spending Christmas Day with my “bubble” friend as neither of us has a big family gathering this year. I think the government’s relaxation of the rules over Christmas is criminally negligent and trust that all sensible people will be making up their own minds to stay safe. I don’t know what I’ll wear yet – Christmas jumper probably as it will be comfy but look ok on FaceTime.

    • 16th December 2020 at 10:58 am

      Oh gosh, Jen, I was so holding back from saying what I think about this government. It’s all about the economy and not about people’s lives. Those are never a truer couple of words, those words of yours – it is criminally negligent of Johnson, end of.

      Enjoy the day though and the FaceTime calls and here’s to a better year, next year 🙂

  • 16th December 2020 at 9:17 am

    We too our on our own this Christmas for the first time ever!
    I think we will be fine but it will be different. My arm is poised for the vaccine. Can’t wait.
    Looking forward to lots of hugs and cuddles from everyone when I’ve been “done”.
    Stay safe and well.
    Here’s to a better year.

    • 16th December 2020 at 9:24 am

      I also meant to say I will be wearing clothes.
      Possibly an old Gudrun Sjoden top- nice and cheerful or maybe my black top with silver moons.
      I think Christmas Day will have a certain Groundhog feel but with more Zooms!

      • 16th December 2020 at 2:51 pm

        Oh yes, Gudrun Sjoden clothes are indeed very cheerful but the black top sounds really cool 🙂

        Tbh, I love Christmas sort of, and this Christmas is not going to be amongst the best. Days seem to go very quickly, now that’s a good thing. Take care 🙂

    • 16th December 2020 at 2:47 pm

      I love that phrase of yours, ‘my arm is poised for the vaccine’, I feel exactly the same way as you. Will be so good to have some normality. Absolutely, here’s to a better year to come xx

  • 16th December 2020 at 9:35 am

    Hi Penny, We will be doing the same as we do every year, just the two of us, only this year minus beloved dog, whom we lost in October. I’m not a crowd person either, we don’t have kids and the thought of being cooped up with extended family for hours, let alone days gives me the heebie-jeebies any time let alone at the moment. We will have a cosy, calm Christmas with log fire, candles, walks on the beach, a delicious meal and lovely wine. There might be some cashmere involved too. Whatever you are doing this Christmas, have a safe cosy one. Cheers 🥂
    P.S Thanks for helping to keep us sane during this crazy year.

    • 16th December 2020 at 2:54 pm

      Thank you so much Pamela, writing the blog keeps me sane too!!! Yes, I’m an extraverted introvert and don’t mind my own company and liking being amongst crowds less and less. However, next year I will try another large gathering. Enjoy the log fire 🙂

  • 16th December 2020 at 10:38 am

    Hi Penny,
    I haven’t thought about an outfit yet. We’ve always had Christmas Day at home together and loved it, not always a traditional meal, sometimes when I was working up to Christmas Eve, we just had mince and dumplings or steak and chips, all very relaxed. Sadly this year I will be alone, even if I decide to take up the kind offer of lunch with my niece and family as I lost my lovely, lovely husband in August. I really don’t know whether I’ll be able to face anyone on the day, although I know they would be kind, I feel I would be ‘the spectre at the feast’. Sometimes it’s harder to be with people than to be alone. I know that many people have faced loss this year and I would just like to say to everyone, don’t stress over food or gifts, just cherish the people you love, you don’t know if they’ll be here next Christmas.

    • 16th December 2020 at 10:50 am

      Oh Chrissie, I am so very very sorry. You’re right though that it is sometimes OK and easier to be alone, either truly on one’s own or with your best friend or partner, who could be both!

      And you are so right about not stressing about Christmas and cherishing the people you love. That is totally the only thing one should do. I think the thing about this year’s Christmas is that we have no choice (well us in our 70s and above) so that’s what I resent, knowing that it has to be just us.

      Also like very muchthe idea of mince and dumplings and steak and chips – yay! You had the right idea! I’m looking forward to roast beef and Yorkshire pud! Take care 🙂

  • 16th December 2020 at 11:37 am

    You will look glamorous and edgy whatever you decide to wear Penny. I’m like you in that I do the cooking in something old and then change my outfit before we sit down to eat. It will be just the two of us, as it usually is on Christmas Day, but that’s fine. I will probably wear the new Christmas jumper, possibly with my pink brocade skirt. Or I may change my mind and wear a red sequin top as it goes better with the colour of our dining room!

    • 16th December 2020 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you so much Gail, have not been sleeping well lately so it’s nice to be told I shall look glamorous! Yes, like you I will change once the food is done. You’ll have to take a photo of your outfit and do a blog about it as I’d definitely like see the pink brocade skirt as it sounds interesting and very stylish – but the red sequin top sounds amazing!

  • 16th December 2020 at 11:56 am

    You look lovely in all of your Christmas choices! I will wear something with red in it…a sweater or plaid top.
    This last week, hubby and I told our elder son, wife, and one year old granddaughter to stay home this year in Washington state. California is a hot mess and our county is seeing high numbers of new cases each day. Our younger son and his family are close by and we are still trying to work out dates with his in-laws. Not to worry as we will celebrate whenever we can safely gather. We don’t “have to” meet on December 25th. One thing for certain, “I’ll miss Uncle’s cooking.” says a nephew. 😊. We are looking forward to, hopefully, gather in February or March as school/teaching breaks occur.
    Also, looking forward to January with inauguration of President-Elect and V.P.-Elect! The sooner we are looking in a rear view mirror at the current administration, the happier we will be…though much, much hard work lies ahead to undo much, much damage and division.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for All!

    • 17th December 2020 at 4:07 pm

      Hello Charlene – yes we saw all the bush fires on our news. And of course, cases are rising everywhere. We will have a lovely celebration with our family once it’s safe. And as for next Christmas – that’ll be a very special one for everyone around the world, I think.

      All the world is waiting for the inauguration of your new President-elect. Biden is probably not the answer to absolutely everything but we can all see he’s a very decent man with high standards and a lot of experience. Such a welcome change to the person you’ve got now!

      Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a much better year to come 🙂

  • 16th December 2020 at 12:06 pm

    I love your black and white jacket.
    Just us this Christmas, my other half is cooking so I don’t have to. I am the supervisor!
    Shall wear a new-to-me dress I ordered last night on eBay. Nothing fancy!
    Thank you, Penny, for recommending Schitt’s Creek, I had previously turned my nose up at it. How wrong was I? I love it. We have taken to watching two episodes a night instead of Channel 4 news hour, much better for the old mental health, it makes me chuckle. Johnny Rose’s eyebrows are a show in themselves! Admiring the statement necklaces too, well coveting really. S
    Stay well, Carole.

    • 16th December 2020 at 8:26 pm

      So glad you like Schitt’s Creek, it is filmed near where I live, just outside of Toronto, and evidently the cast and Crew were amazing with everyone in the tiny village it was filmed in. The motel is now up for sale and I have a girlfriend desperately trying to buy it to turn it into a boutique hotel.

      • 18th December 2020 at 8:01 am

        Oh my word, Gerri, fancy having a friend who wants to buy the motel! It is such a gem of a programme, sweet and innocent and the best writing ever. Hope your friend is successful!

    • 17th December 2020 at 4:13 pm

      Thank you, re: the black and white jacket. That’s probably the garment I’ll wear for the Zoom calls.

      I’m glad you tried Schitt’s Creek and like it. It appears at first sight to be so very unappealing but it’s got a sweetness and lightness to it that is so nice and heartwarming. Whenever we want cheering up we watch an episode. We’re going slowly and have just finished Series 2. Moira Rose’s clothes are astonishing and very funny but the statement necklaces are great. Think I’ll add to my collection!

      You stay well too Carole, thanks 🙂

  • 16th December 2020 at 12:36 pm

    You look lovely in all of your outfits!
    We, too, will be staying put in Washington DC rather than traveling to hot spot Ohio to be with my extended family. We have an early Zoom call with my husband’s family in England so I think we’ll wear our matching red plaid pajamas to make them laugh. Zoom call with my family? I will wear my “Barry Christmas” sweatshirt and Docs. Embracing my inner nerd as well as my aging punk side. (Barry is Barry Manilow.) Happy Christmas everyone!

    • 17th December 2020 at 4:16 pm

      Ah a Barry Manilow sweatshirt – amazing! And really like the idea of the matching red pyjamas! Yes, with a vaccine so near (well, in a couple of months) it really isn’t worth taking risks.

      Happy Christmas to you too 🙂

  • 16th December 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Hi Penny
    My favorite of your outfits is the sparkly top and skirt but the boots give it an edge yet remaining festive. I will wear either a red silk blouse or a burgundy burn out velvet one, both old and gifted. I will pair it with a pair of black wide legged trousers. a black velvet blazer as well if it’s cold. a holiday brooch? have not decided on the shoes, depends on the weather. I would like to wear black ankle booties with open toes but not is it’s frigid. It will just be my daughter and her husband at her apartment, she is cooking. Perhaps at some point I will go to my son’s for the gift giving. it would be outside and he would get the fire pit going, maybe a little Christmas cheer. I have not seen my grandchildren since August. hard to imagine that a few years ago I was hosting a Christmas morning brunch for 17! How the world has changed. thinking today I might make some ginger cookies to share with a neighbor. Here in New York we are expecting a major snow storm, a Noreaster as they call it, the first of the season. anyway, Merry Christmas Penny to you and your family.

    • 17th December 2020 at 4:23 pm

      Nice outfit, red is such a great Xmassy colour and cheerful too. And yes, those large gatherings! We often participate in a large gathering of around 17, which I began to find a little too much, so we opted out last year. We won’t next Christmas, more than anything I shall love being with people once more, without the slight feeling of anxiety that tinges every type of encounter these days. Bring on the vaccine – my arm is ready!

      Hope the storm is not too bad – we’ve heard about on our news. And a very Merry Christmas to you and your family, Darby.

  • 16th December 2020 at 2:33 pm

    So good to read your blog, whatever you wear will look and feel good for you. Although I am with my dearly beloved husband at Christmas, he doesn’t eat very much, certainly not a dinner (he has a rare form of Dementia) so I will be eating alone really. I haven’t decided what to have or wear yet, it will be a surprise to me even. Wishing everyone a peaceful Christmas and let’s hope for a greatly improved New Year. Kind regards Terri

    • 17th December 2020 at 4:29 pm

      Oh my goodness Terri, you have a lot to cope with. You take care and pamper yourself if that’s possible. Good luck and yes, here’s to a much better year to come.

      Very best to you too 🙂

  • 16th December 2020 at 3:10 pm

    So glad lots of you are ignoring government ‘advice’ – I am as well. I am sticking to staying in my bubble as it is now. No new people – the vaccine is aound the corner – why take risks now?

    • 16th December 2020 at 3:45 pm

      It’s very reassuring isn’t it. Good to know so many people are more aware than the government – oh no, that’s not good really! Even so this means many of us are being sensible which is excellent. Indeed why take risks now!

  • 16th December 2020 at 5:10 pm

    I bought a lovely floaty red and cream dress in the sales just before the first lockdown, thinking it would be lovely for meals out in the spring. Well, that never happened – so it’s still sitting, unworn, in the wardrobe and will get its first outing on the 25th. This will be the first year for a very long time that we will not be cooking Christmas dinner at home for the hungry hoards! Our daughter said that if she had moved into her new house by Christmas Day, she wanted to cook dinner for us so we will be enjoying being the guests rather than the hosts. Just the two of us and the four of them, but then we will be seeing our son, daughter in law and grandson on Boxing Day. And that will be it, our Christmas will last for just two days but I’m grateful that we will still be allowed that. Just because we can see people for up to five days, doesn’t mean that we should!

    • 18th December 2020 at 8:08 am

      Your dress sounds lovely. Enjoy Christmas and yet don’t we all long for next Christmas when we can do as we please. I know I shall relish the large gathering of my son-in-law’s extended family that usually happens every year so much more than before.

      Take care 🙂

  • 16th December 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Hi Penny,

    Loved your black and white tops – they’ll look fab on your Facetime/WhatsApp calls! I also loved your dress with the embroidery on it; you’re spoilt for choice really….

    For the first time in a long time we’re going to my daughter’s house for Christmas Day. I’ll cook the turkey and take it with us. Daughter is making a beef wellington and a salmon. All I’ll have to do is wash up; I can’t wait!

    I hope you have a lovely festive day; and yes bring on Christmas 2021 with all those hugs and kisses!

    Take care

    • 18th December 2020 at 8:12 am

      Hi Veronica – and thank you! I shall probably wear the plain black items for cooking and then put on a very outrageous statement necklace and the black and white sparkly jacket for the Zoom calls.

      Enjoy Christmas, I know we will – and yet won’t it be great when we can do as we please – roll on the vaccinated life!

      You take care too xxx

  • 16th December 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Hugs…that’s what I definitely miss the most. I know we all concentrate on what we will wear because of all the photos, but it’s still about the people!!

    • 18th December 2020 at 8:14 am

      Oh you’re so right, Jodie. It’s the squeezable and lengthy hugs that I look forward to. It’ll come – roll on the vaccines! Next year…..

      Take care xxx

  • 16th December 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Hi Penny

    I’m not sure about our Christmas arrangements yet, but I know what I will wear! I have just splashed out on a beautiful sequinned kimono type garment from Anthropolgie (they call it a duster coat).


    It was quite expensive, for me anyway, but there was 25% off party wear a while ago and I thought, why not? I haven’t been out for months or spent anything on clothes! It will be fab over anything black, jeans, etc so I think it will be worn for many Christmases to come and will add much needed glamour to our online celebrations. In real life the sequins are rose gold which gives a lovely glow around the face (which I am much in need of!).

    I so love seeing your charity shop bargains. I usually end up with bargains for my home and not for my wardrobe!

    Hope you are yours are keeping well in these strange times.

    • 18th December 2020 at 8:18 am

      Oh wow! Stephanie – just looked! It’s totally glam and worth every penny. I have in the past bought one designer item a year. This year there were rather too many new online items bought in the first lockdown so no designer clothes this year. But I’m always on the lookout. That kimono will be such a good investment and more important you’ll feel fabulous every time you wear it. What a great buy!

      Yes, we are keeping well, but don’t we all look forward to the ‘normal’ life.

      You take care too x

  • 17th December 2020 at 8:08 am

    Lovely to hear from posters from around the globe, how they will spend Christmas, and how they’ll be dressed. It’s nice to feel part of a community at a time when we can’t meet up with friends.
    We will be spending Christmas this year with our son for company , usually it’d be just the two of us, I’ll try to make it cosy with a log fire, some decorations and good food and wine.
    If it’s not too cold I plan to wear my new dress from Kettlewell Colours, it’s a teal and black leopard print, quite glam, or if the house is a bit chilly then it will be an old favourite long grey sweater dress.
    I like to dress up for Christmas day ,with a large apron for protection !
    Here’s wishing for everyone to spend the day just as they like, with loved ones if possible, if not, lets hope next year will be different !

    • 18th December 2020 at 8:29 am

      Yes, I really love hearing how readers from over the pond and around the world are going to do things, especially now. And it really is very heartening to hear how careful people are going to be. It makes sense and we are all sensible people.

      I too like to dress up for Christmas but I am a very messy cook so never wear the glam items until after I’ve finished!

      Thank you so much for your kind words at the end of the comment. One should never wish ones’ life away by thinking of what is to come, but this is different – I’m definitely looking forward to next year’s celebrations.

      Thank you again and you take care 🙂

  • 17th December 2020 at 9:16 am

    I like the embroidered dress penny , it would probably cover my knees, which is essential as they are rather fat! At the time of writing we are going to our daughters home on Christmas day. She lives only half an hours drive away; we are not going to our other family in Leeds. I will probably wear the red embossed velvet M&S dress (used) I bought for last year when we were too ill for anything at all. It’s a cliche but I do like red at Christmas.
    On Christmas Eve we are having an outdoor ‘party’ with neighbours, one of whom is 80 on that day. We have an old incinerator bin to use as a fire pit. I’m hoping we can sing some carols as well. That will be it for socialising unless we do something similar for NYE. It was a big thing in my Geordie family’s calendar but we’ve never bothered much but this year it will be particularly poignant.
    Finally finished the dog jumper – multiple cables, very tricky – so today we’ll be sending off the parcels. I like to end the year feeling that I’ve done at least one new thing and the jumper will have to be it for 2020!
    Seasons Greeting to one and all. In 2021 things can only get better……………….(unsettling echoes of that labour Party election campaign!)

    • 18th December 2020 at 8:36 am

      Red is a great colour and the dress sounds wonderful. I shall wear a red necklace. The outdoor party sounds just right – love the idea of the incinerator bin fire pit.

      I applaud the cable knit dog jumper and admit that I sent the complicated baby jumper back – was far too advanced for me. Have substituted it for a plain scarf with fringes for me, which will restore my confidence and then I plan another beginners item for baby Oscar. I agree that it’s good to do one new thing and therefore quite pleased to have begun knitting again.

      Thank you so much, Lynda, for the Seasons Greetings to all – I second that! You’re right about the unsettling echoes but even so things really need to be get better!!!!

  • 17th December 2020 at 1:18 pm

    All of these are great choice! I do love the first and last one best! We will have a small gathering of 2 sisters in law which we have been seeing throughout this time. Small gathering. I usually do less work for Christmas as my sis in law does most of the cooking so less stress!

    • 18th December 2020 at 8:41 am

      I shall probably wear the sparkly black and white jacket over a plain top but shall also wear a Moira Rose (of Schitts Creek) type statement necklace. I wouldn’t say Moira Rose is a role model but she is almost!!!!

      Small gatherings are so sensible in the circumstances – the large gatherings can happen again one day and hopefully next year. Until then we enjoy what we have in the here and now. All the very best Mireille x

  • 18th December 2020 at 2:57 pm

    I like all your outfits, Penny, but the long line cardi in the first photo has to be my favourite. I usually put on a top with a bit of added sparkle on Christmas Day but this year I fancy getting dressed up in something ‘smart’. In other words, anything other than mud spattered dog walking clothes! I have a Whistles smock dress that I haven’t worn yet and has plenty of room for Christmas dinner. My husband has always cooked the Christmas dinner and I do the clearing up! No large gatherings for us either…

  • 18th December 2020 at 5:46 pm

    I’m sharing mine on the blog this week – long maxi skirt that covers everything and has a stretchy waistband so I can eat what I want – lol Lovely choice of post today. Jacqui x

  • 21st December 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Love the embroidered tunic dress! Christmas will be spent with just the two of us….the first time in 41 years that I will not have seen any of my children as we will all be in our own homes. It had already reluctantly been decided even before the latest restrictions.
    Whatever you decide to wear (and you will look fab whatever), enjoy your day. Happy Christmas. X

  • 4th January 2021 at 8:31 pm

    All your outfits look fabulous. I planned wearing a pleated skirt, but ended up in loung pants and slippers. Thank you for joining my #linkup Jacqui x

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