Katie's Diary

ubu's 3rd Day of Christmas 2015 Festivities

2nd December 2015

Our 3rd day of Christmas celebrations began today with the arrival of people we serve coming from far and wide. Everybody had made an effort to get into the spirit of the season by wearing brightly decorated Christmas jumpers and hats so that everywhere was a colourful rainbow of happiness!

Our senior Elf, got the party started by getting our visitors to dance and sing along to favourite yuletide songs. Then it was definitely time to play a game of “Pin the Nose on the Reindeer”. Our very own life-size Rudolphina the reindeer appeared and she was ready for blindfolded contestants to try to pin the Red Nose onto the reindeers face. There was lots of laughter and hilarity as people tried to pin the nose on with varying degrees of success.

One of our guests, Barbara from Harrogate was celebrating something special too and everyone sang  “Happy Birthday” to her and gave three cheers. Peter from Knaresborough said “That was brilliant, but I want to sing a song for everyone” and he gave an impromptu and fantastic performance to the excited crowd.

Elves served scrumptious cocktail sausages and a delectable low-fat vegetarian version too with cheeses and healthy, crisp carrot sticks, just in case anyone wanted to feed the reindeer later. Hub elves also kindly went around serving mince pies and hot drinks to those that still had room for a little treat.

On each of ubu’s 15 Days of Christmas a charity is nominated by one of the regions where ubu enables the people we serve to engage and be at the heart of their local communities. Today our charity of the Day was nominated by ubu in Wigan and was for Compassion in Action. Some of the people we serve in Wigan went to Compassion in Action’s community centre to present a cheque for £50 donated by ubu towards the wonderful work they do with people who are in crisis through various reasons. Compassion in Action try to ensure that when people have been through a difficult time, they get support and help to enable them to get on with their lives in Wigan. “We chose this charity because some of us have been in this position in the past, needing help and not knowing where to turn as there wasn’t always the help out there we needed”.

A video about the work Compassion In Action do helped us all to understand how important it is to feel valued and cared for. One of our guests said “ I love having my own home and the support I get from ubu, there is always someone I can rely on to help me do what I want to do.”

To round off a very jolly 3rd Day of our Christmas festivities we sang altogether, loudly and with gusto, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”. And with our Hub in Harrogate decorated with twinkling fairy lights and gorgeous decorations, it certainly feels that way.

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