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Do mother-in-laws give their son-in-laws squared flannel shirts for presents?


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#1 midimusicman79

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 09:40 AM

Hi all!

 

A relative of ours and her cohabitant have two daughters, who both have their own families with cohabitants and two children each.

 

For Christmas she oftentimes gives my dad and me squared flannel shirts for presents, and I think she gives her son-in-laws the same, although I do not know them in person, so I am not sure.

 

But since I myself am single, I do not like squared flannel shirts, so I am wondering whether I should ask her to give me sweaters in stead, however I guess that would be quite rude, so I rather choose the easy way out and give my dad the shirt, because, after all, he is married to my mom.

 

We also have a friend and his wife who have four children, i.e. two daughters and two sons, of which all are singles, except one daughter who has a cohabitant and a child.

 

When my mom told him about our relative giving us squared flannel shirts for presents, he replied cheerfully: "No one has ever managed to make my sons wear squared flannel shirts either!" :lol:

 

Could this be coincidental, or Do mother-in-laws give their son-in-laws squared flannel shirts for presents?

 

Thank you very much in advance!

 

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 12:34 PM

Pleading ignorance....

This is the first I've ever seen the term "squared flannel shirt". A brief search using that term shows what I consider just plain old every day flannel shirts.

Is there such a thing as non-squared flannel shirt? What would distinguish one from the other?

 

Why would a single person not wear such a shirt....is this a Norwegian thing?


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Posted 28 December 2016 - 12:34 AM

 

Is there such a thing as non-squared flannel shirt?

Looks like there is

 

 

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Posted 28 December 2016 - 07:30 AM

Hi, buddy215 & NickAu!

 

Is there such a thing as non-squared flannel shirt? What would distinguish one from the other?

 

Why would a single person not wear such a shirt....is this a Norwegian thing?

 

Thank you both for the prompt and insightful replies! :)

 

What would distinguish a squared flannel shirt from a non-squared one, would be whether it has squares or not, respectively.

 

Not sure if this is a Norwegian thing, however the practise of wearing a squared flannel shirt is commonly associated with cohabitants and especially married men, although somewhat known.

 

And while we are speaking about clothing, maybe it is more well-known for married men to wear a suit jacket, one-color shirt and tie with similar colors, i.e. dark blue, blue and light blue.

 

So just like our friend's two single sons do not wear squared flannel shirts as they rather prefer sweaters, neither do I. :thumbup2:

 

Thank you both!

 

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Posted 28 December 2016 - 08:30 AM

Definitely a Norwegian thing...

 

We Americans trained to always be prepared....keep those flannel shirts around. Never know when one of your guests gets

snowed in...car won't start...or had one too many...needs some sleep wear.

 

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 12:29 AM

I call those plaid flannel shirts. I wear them; my dad wore them. Lots of people I know wear them. Incidentally, I'm not a man. When I saw, "squared flannel shirt" I thought it had to do with the cut not the printed pattern.

And yes, I've seen plaid flannel shirts given as gifts quite often: from wives to husbands, from fathers to sons, from daughters to fathers, from fathers to daughters, from a son's employee to his employer's father. The list goes on. Flannel shirts here, plaid or no, are not associated specifically with either men or women, single or married, or even boys or girls. Folks of all sorts wear them. Speaking of which, in the picture above, that's clearly a woman wearing that shirt.

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 07:26 AM

Hi, buddy215 & Orange Blossom!

 

Yeah, of course 'plaid' is the correct term, not 'squared'. Please forgive me, because I am Norwegian, English is not my first Language, so I guess one could say; "Lost in Translation" or something equivalent.

 

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 07:36 AM

That's perfectly okay. Though the word is "plaid." "Plain" means no pattern at all.

Your English is much better than my Norwegian which I can't speak at all. I know a very small smattering of Swedish, but I have no idea of how to write it.

 

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 10:08 AM

Hi again, Orange Blossom.

 

Sorry, thanks, it has been corrected.

 

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