'Twas the night before Christmas, a fine night indeed, 'cause it means the last time for a 'twas the night' lede.
A quick tangent: I'm sick of writers beginning their stories beginning like this. It's not a new idea, and it's rarely, if ever, done in a novel way. Next year, when you're about to write an article and open with "twas the night", ask yourself, did literally hundreds of people already riff on Clement Clarke Moore's classic poem? The answer to the question is: very yes. Stop. Do a different thing.
Anyway. Speaking of innovating at Christmas, this year saw a great many teams from around the hockey world treating their fans to holiday-themed shenanigans, be it in the form of tacky Christmas sweaters, tacky Christmas sweater jerseys, or clever holiday video cards. Here are our 16 favourite efforts.
16. San Francisco Bulls
A fine sweater, but the Bulls lose points for failing to Christmafy their logo. It clashes!
15. Shieffield Steelers
One of many ugly Christmas sweater jerseys we saw this year, but the EIHL's Sheffield Steelers are notable for two things: first, the clashing patterns almost manage to hide all the advertising. Second, they went with orange instead of red. We approve.
14. Reading Royals
The Royals did two things right: they uglied up their logo with a bunch of red and green trim, and they let us auction one off. We can be bought.
13. Knoxville Ice Bears
They gave the bear a Santa hat and turned his stick into a candy cane! Knoxville! Knoxville! Knoxville!