Today ubu received a wonderful dusting of frosty, white…icing sugar, as we came together to celebrate Greek Christmas in all its sweet glory. Greece is one of the first centres of Christianity, where the Christmas holiday - called Kalanda - has been observed for nearly 2000 years. With such a rich history of Christmas tradition, ubu was filled to the brim with festive spirit. As Greek celebrations are famous for their harmonic carol singing, the party was kicked off with a round of joyous sing-along. We opted for the modern classic “All I Want For Christmas” sung arm-in-arm. No one was shy of singing out loud. (And although the high notes didn’t always get hit, everyone certainly enjoyed their five minutes of being Mariah Carey!)
This was soon accompanied with the popular 'sirtaki' dance. Everyone formed a circle around the room, with hands on each others' shoulders. As the music began to build and quicken, legs kicked high, feet stamped the beat, and bodies twirled in happiness. Everyone was high spirited! After such a hard workout, a selection of Greek cakes were passed around the room. Delicious Kourabiedes, an almond cookie topped with icing sugar, and baklava, a honey-covered pasty, were incredibly moreish and left us all wanting more!
As the guests mingled, we took time to learn of the two charities of the day.
Saint Michael’s Hospice exists to help people with terminal illness to live and die well. They do so by offering specialist care, comfort and support, free of charge,to patients and their families. They are an independent charity working in the Harrogate District, and their support has greatly contributed to the whole community. You can learn more from their website http://www.saintmichaelshospice.org/.
The second charity today is Butterflies based in Wigan. The charity raises funds to help children aged 0-19 years who are disabled, disadvantaged or sick, and gives gift vouchers of the values 50 or 100 pounds to help them through difficult times. Butterflies has helped thousands of children over the past fifteen years, and is proudly run completely by volunteers so that all funding reaches those in need. To read more about Butterflies go to their website http://www.butterflieswigan.org.uk/.
With today’s celebrations coming to an end, one last round of “All I Want For Christmas” erupted-with the newly learnt dance moves making another appearance!
Check back tomorrow to see what Day 13 festivities have in store for us all!