My name is Daisy, I dress like a dork, and it's okay.
Regular readers know that I am willing and able to sport the Green and Gold at home and in public, from head to toe.
As for the holiday themed clothing, we elementary teachers do wear "fun" clothes to school at times. I wore a sweatshirt with an appropriate message ("I do know all the answers, but I'm sworn to secrecy") on opening day of state testing. Every year I dig out my December clothing to wear in between Packer games. My students enjoy it, and yes, so do I.
One of my coworkers walked into the lounge last year, turned off the lights, and shimmied to show us her light-up Christmas Tree necklace. When the lights came back on, she announced with glee, "Working in an elementary school give you an excuse to dress like a dork!" We all looked down at our chests, realized it was true, and laughed out loud.
My "clients" are nine and ten years old. My room decor, or my "workspace" decor, acknowledges the season without going wild. I do not have a tree, for example, but I have a few snowy pictures and December trivia posted at key spots in the room. By recognizing the topic on their minds (Santa! Presents! Snow! Cookies! Fun!) but not going overboard, I can keep the kids relatively calm during this somewhat-frenzied month. By dressing myself in the Holiday Spirit, I let them know that it's okay to be excited, as long as they continue to work hard and keep learning.
Don't worry, fashionistas, I don't plan to post pictures.
Tomorrow, I plan to wear my Grinch pin on a basic sweater (budget cuts = cold classroom on Monday mornings). Maybe I'll slip the black socks with shiny white snowmen into my black Mary Jane shoes. Subtle? Maybe not, but it works in my field.
And dorky or not, that's good enough for me. Stumble It!