ubu's Christmas festivities are aimed at bringing everyone together from across the whole of the regions in which we are active, and to share in part the Christmas spirit. Each day brought something new, something special, and something traditional to experience. Today’s party was a crackingly creative Christmas cracker competition. Everyone grabbed their brightly coloured cracker template and decorated them with glitter and sparkling embellishments before stuffing them with hats and jokes. With the music playing in the background, everyone got in the competitive mood and tried making the most crackers, as well as the best decorated, and fastest builder! It was hard to choose a winner... even harder to decide whether to pull the cracker or take it home and share it with loved ones.
With such an action-packed activity it was time to look at some of our superheroes in society. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, our charity of the day, patrols over 200 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. RNLI lifeboat volunteers or search and rescue helicopter crews can respond within minutes, and often save lives close to the shore. But sometimes, at the beach, seconds count. Last year, they responded to 19,594 incidents with 21,938 people aided. To learn more about The Royal National Lifeboat Institution you can visit their website http://rnli.org/.
With a buffet station set up, today’s treat was a deliciously warming Chinese-inspired hotpot. While we took time to eat and reflect on the charity of the day, it was reinforced that Christmas is a time not only for those we love but a time to think of others. “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” was a very appropriate song of the day, and with all the energy everyone could find, was sung at the top of their lungs.
As people started say their good-byes for the day, fortune cookies were handed out, giving everyone a little extra luck and wisdom for Christmas.
Come back tomorrow to see what exciting things are happening!