Wow! We’ve hosted 13 Days of Christmas with the people we serve arriving today in force and leading most of the festivities. It was wonderful to see so many shining, happy faces. Some of our guests came a very long way by train from Nottingham and Scarborough. They were greeted by the elves who had organized another workshop. This time it was for decorating home-made gingerbread people. There was a great crowd around the workshop table, they didn’t take any persuading. John from Harrogate had a huge smile on his face as he artistically squeezed bright icing paste on to his gingerbread man and added brightly coloured chocolate sweets and red strands of liquorice to it.
Meanwhile the dancing and Karaoke singing gained pace in the Christmas room. Dane from Knaresborough stepped up to the front to give a magnificent performance of “New York. New York” in the style of the late Frank Sinatra. Dane is a bit of an expert when it comes to Mr. Sinatra. Dane told us that it’s one hundred years ago that ‘Ol Blue Eyes’ was born. He roused the crowd of elves and people we serve together to sing along with him for the chorus. Dane said later “I never thought I’d be able to do that, you know, to sing in front of everyone, with my autism…but it was fantastic!”
The karaoke continued and the people got everyone singing along with their favourite festive songs. Kevin from Nottingham was really glad he made it today’s celebration. Along with his friends he was planning to head out afterwards for a little retail therapy and a well-deserved lunch in a restaurant. Speaking of refreshments, the elves had made hearty home-made soup in two delicious flavors, tomato and basil and leek and potato. It went down a treat with everyone.
ubu’s Christmas festivities are also an opportunity to find out about our chosen Charity of the Day. We learned a little about the work done by Mind in Middleborough from watching a short video. The people we serve in Middleborough nominated Mind to receive a donation from ubu of £50 towards the supportive work they do in the community helping people with mental health problems through difficult times with advice on how to get support quickly when they need it the most.
As on the past twelve days of festivities, we came together towards the end of the event to sing a favourite Christmas song. Today was no exception. We joined a chorus of karaoke stars and elves to sing “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year” which said it all really. As people we leaving, getting excited about the Holiday which is now just a week away, Sarah from Leeds said “I’ll be back! Don’t you worry.” We can’t wait to see who will come tomorrow and we are feeling that the spirit of the season has filled us all laughter and happiness and that life feels good.
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