For clues about where exactly the ugly Christmas sweater revival began, we look to ’80s television. Specifically, we look to the iconic TV sitcom featuring the Huxtables and eponymously named after a comedian who won’t be mentioned in this piece. The family’s patriarch was such an enthusiast of knitted sweaters with ornate designs and clashing colors that his name became synonymous with the fashion. Syndication and the sustained cultural importance of the show likely contributed to the longevity of the ugly sweater as a fashion choice.