From Silly To Trendy: The Tale Of Ugly Christmas Sweaters

When you talk about ugly Christmas sweaters, nothing is too much or too exaggerated. The silliest it looks, the better it is. The uglier it seems, the trendier you are. You can add more sparkles, pin more designs, light up things, and stitch on other holiday things you fancy. There is no limit when it comes to designing or choosing your ugly Christmas sweater. As the saying goes, ‘You are limited only by your imagination’.

There are now various events and parties where one can join and wear their most bespectacled ugly Christmas sweater and not be shy about it. It is the crowning glory of the participants in these celebrations. The uglier and sillier it gets, the more you fit in the crowd. Not just any other crowd but a hoard of hundreds and thousands of participants who are willing to don their most neglected (for some, newly bought) ugly Christmas sweaters.

Remember those Christmases years back when you dread the day your old Aunt will give you another one of those silly sweaters. You open the gift with fake enthusiasm and express your thanks with a promise to wear it soon only to be cheered on by cousins to try it on now. Then you wear your newest ugly Christmas sweater for the duration of the party while avoiding having too many photographs in it that will bite you back years from now. If you still remember then you know now that those sweaters are not silly but you are.

Wherever you are, thrift stores and bargain shops are now the targeted spots when looking for the perfect and ugliest Christmas sweater. It makes you long for those years when you still get one every holiday. Now you have to buy your own and it cost as much as your regular sweater, only uglier and brighter.

The trend of the ugly Christmas sweater is growing each day and now that the holiday season is coming fast, there is a renewed sense of urgency to look for the coolest sweater. Some enjoy the yearly ugly Christmas sweater events while some would love to jump into the bandwagon and try the latest craze.

How Unique Packaging Can Influence A Purchasing Decision

A friend suggested Paper Mart when I was searching the web for packaging boxes for my homemade brownies, cakes and banana bread. I wanted my products to standout and eye-catching bakery boxes will surely help sell my products. Since I have been a customer myself of many bakeries and bread shops, I know for a fact, that good packaging not only enhances aesthetics, it can whet the appetite.

The good thing with Paper Mart is the large selection of packaging supplies including affordable rolls of multi-colored ribbons and gift wrapping when my products are given away as gifts. In most instances, customers prefer their packaging to be personalized to make the product different from those that are available in the market. Customers can find brownies and cakes everywhere but most prefer products that are homemade because they taste different from those that are mass produced in thousands. I had this idea to give them something unique by making packaging different from what the others offer.

I have had nice labels designed for my boxes. This is a technique I learned to distinguish my packaging from others. Since I am still in the initial stage my small business, my retail outlet is the internet. I also make it a point to sell my products at fairs, city events and festivals. At first, I actually though that Paper Mart will overlook my orders considering I was only starting with a few dozen boxes. Fortunately, they deliver very quickly no matter the size of the order.

First impressions always make a difference. A few years ago when I went to visit New York, there were impressive packaging designs that caught my eye. Creative packaging designs help make a product noticeable from any view angle. It is very easy for creative packaging to catch the attention of consumers and make them decide that it is a “must buy”. There are also packaging designs online that gave me inspiration with own packaging.

It is important to pay attention to packaging because it is the first thing that a customer will notice. Even before the customer tastes the product, the packaging should already influence a purchasing decision.

The Brony Fandom: Surprising, Unexpected And Acceptable

My Little Pony has existed since the 80’s and what started as a simple toy quickly rose to popularity amongst the little girls who had taken a fascination to the ponies. Then the animated TV show, My Little Pony, aired on TV and touched the hearts of almost every little girl.

Fast forward to 2010, Hasbro Inc., the company responsible for My Little Pony, decided to recreate the show and making it more suitable for the little girls of this new generation. The reboot was entitled “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.”

The new show immediately became a hit with little girls from every corner of the world dragging their parents in front of the TV to watch the fourth generation of the My Little Pony franchise. Although girls were the target demographic of the show, it has also managed to attract an unlikely following of adult men.

Surprising, isn’t it?

Yes, many grown men have seemed to have taken an obsession with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Soon after, this following was given a name and that name is Brony. What started from an internet meme soon became the trademark of the adult male fans.

Brony is combination of the words bro and pony. Brony in itself means bros who love ponies.

The entire Brony fandom was given wide publicity and almost none of it too positive. Bronies were heavily persecuted in the cyber world. Some were even bullied to the point of suicide.

The general public did not expect the fandom and they did not understand how grown men would love to watch girl’s shows. The bronies became social outcasts but they found solace, friendship and support with one another. Their fandom soon turned into a brotherhood that supports each other.

In my humble opinion, it is quite shocking to find grown men watching girly shows but that people should not have exercised their freedom of expression in opposition and scrutiny of these men. For me, it is all a matter of perspective. These men found something in the cartoon that many other people did not and maybe that was what made them love the show.

Bronies should be allowed to do what makes them happy without the scrutiny of other people. Democracy allows us the freedom to choose and express. So if you think that bronies are just wasting their lives watching cartoons and wasting money on its merchandise like toys, shirts, hoodies, and other collectibles, then why not keep the thoughts to yourselves because these people are just doing what makes them happy and also doing what democracy allows us to do: to choose and express.

Death Toll Increases In Bangladesh Due To Political Unrest

Dhaka, Bangladesh- At least 7,000 people were arrested and thirty one are confirmed dead in weeks following political violence in the country.

Most of those who died were victims of arson attacks made by militant groups in buses and cars. There were also a number of people who died in bomb blasts.

The Reason For The Violent Protests

On January 5, Bangladesh National Party (BNP), the opposition to the ruling government called for a nationwide strike and road blockade. BNP has 19 political party allies and they have a growing number of supporters from the private sector.

January 5 marked the anniversary of the disputed Bangladesh elections. According to the opposing party, there was deception during elections and the votes casted were rigged by the incumbent party. Bangladesh National Party and their allies boycotted the elections as they lost trust in their government.

Thousands of civilians wounded and killed

Several incidents of bus torching took place in the capital city of Bangladesh and neighboring towns. The Communication Minister said that at least seven people from the transport group were killed in the recent violent attacks. A total of 200 buses were torched.

The government banned the use of social media applications so protest leaders could not campaign for their activity. The head of law and order in Bangladesh said in a statement that 7,015 people are held in prison because they participated in the violent protest and bus torching.

There are thousands of innocent civilians caught in between the violence of the opposing party and the government’s military effort to restore peace.

Industry Minister Amir Hossain Amu said that the government is offering a $1,300 reward for anyone who can give information regarding to the whereabouts of the masterminds of the series of attacks.

How business industries faired in light of recent attacks

The economy of Bangladesh is down for several weeks following the political unrest. This effect is expected of a nation that is torn in an internal warfare. BPO industry, packaging industry, manufacturing and service sectors took a strong hit from the tug of war of power in politics. If the situation in Bangladesh worsens, the economy will dip further and the ordinary people will suffer the most.

World Leaders To Gather In London To Discuss Islamic State Conflict

January 22, 2015- London reports that top officials from 21 nations will gather in London to discuss how to combat the growing militants in the Middle East.

The one day meeting which will happen in London will be participated by John Kerry, United States Secretary of State and Iraq’s Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi. They will be part of the 21 delegates across the globe to discuss on the current state of the jihadist militant group and how they will fight the terror that the group has spread over Iraq and Syria.

The agenda will include how to strengthen the ground military force that is fighting against the terrorists. Humanitarian efforts will also be discussed.

According to an insider, the coalition of nations is now even more under pressure to carry out results in light of the recent attacks by the jihadists in France. The Secretary of State of the United States expressed that they are now very determined to end the heinous massacres in the Middle East and Asia.

Shedding light to who IS is

The Islamic State was formed in 2013. It is a group that separated from al-Qaeda that was based in Iraq. It attacked and captured Raqqa in Eastern Syria then went on to Iraq to stir up mayhem and inject fear to the Iraqis.

Members of the Islamic State are Sunni extremists who believe that non Muslims must be punished. They consider the Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims (heretics according to them) as their enemies. This brutal group is known for its vicious way of dealing with their enemies. They beheaded soldiers, journalists and killed humanitarian workers.

Bringing hope to children

The turmoil in the Middle East has been going on for quite some time. Families are devastated and children are especially affected. Thousands of children die and are displaced daily because of the terror attacks. Being part of the free world, you could help put a smile in their faces. You can let them feel that you care for them by giving toys or t-shirts with their favorite super hero on it. To order these items, you can go to TV store online. Giving them these trivial things will surely brighten up their spirits.