ubu’s holiday celebrations continue this week, commencing with a festive Mexican Christmas fiesta. Moustachioed elves were busy making preparations early, as the rooms filled with the colours and aromas of the New World. Sombreros mixed with Santa hats, piñatas hung with pine boughs. It was a beautiful and joyous sight. Guests who braved the icy roads were given a warm Latin welcome, and offered trays of spicy empanadas (pasties) with salsa, and authentic hot chocolates sprinkled with chilli. Mexican fiestas are famous for their party games, and ubu did not disappoint. There were games of “pin the carrot nose on the snowman” and the traditional “piñata smash” with candy shower. Ole!
And although Christmas traditions and foods may differ around the world, one thing remains the same no matter where you are – Christmas is a time to come together and sing. Everyone danced reels arm-in-arm and sang multiple choruses of “Feliz Navidad” – impressively both in Spanish and English!
Artist Gordon Edgar was among those attending, and he presented ubu with a framed, original watercolour depicting an idyllic winter landscape. The artwork will be proudly displayed in the central offices of ubu.
The day finished on a special note, when ubu celebrated the work of its nominated charity of the day, Spalding Hospice’s Tulip Suite.
The Tulip Suite, located in the Johnson Community Hospital, is a warm, comfortable and calm environment in the heart of the community for those reaching the final stage of their lives.
It provides four hospice beds for the people of South Holland. It’s a dedicated palliative care unit in the heart of their district. All of the superb staff at the hospital work hard to ensure that patients are very well cared for and support families during a sad and difficult time with kindness and compassion. There is a quiet sitting room for visiting relatives to use and a relaxing balcony for quiet reflection. Beautiful original paintings of tulips adorn the walls and these were given by local artists. On the main Welland Ward there is a bedroom and small kitchen area for visitors to use for overnight stays when necessary. ubu’s donation will help Spalding Hospice to support hospital staff for extra training in specialist palliative care and purchase new and replacement items for the Tulip Suite as and when they become necessary.
To learn more about Spalding Hospice and the Tulip Suite, please visit their website at: www.spaldinghospicefoundation.co.uk/
With another week of special Christmas celebrations to come, check back here for more exciting news!