We’re just a couple of days away from Christmas day and we’re wondering how everyone’s feeling about that… Are you all sorted for Christmas or do you still have an unimaginable amount to do over the next few days? Are you excited that it’s almost that time of the year or are you relieved the rush up to it is finally almost over?
Even this infamous rush was felt at the WCE office last week, as everyone was sorting everything out ahead of January and finishing off bits and bobs before heading back home for Christmas time. However, these weren’t the only things keeping us busy… we made our Christmas video, which I hope you all enjoyed and we were also preparing our Friday DIY Christmas Crackers event, which also saw us collaborate with AOK Bournemouth volunteers and its founder, Jim Atkin. This year’s Christmas AOK mission was to help homeless members of the community by either donating tins of food or unwanted winter clothes, so we asked any of you to bring along unwanted/old clothes to our office and were surprised to see a few people turn up with clothes given the short notice. But that just goes to show how wonderful and kind hearted you all are for wanting to make Christmas time a little warmer for these unfortunate souls.
The number of homeless people in a local area is always challenging to calculate because people can move about or hideaway in abandoned buildings. However, it is estimated that approximately 2,414 people have nowhere to sleep every night and this is probably going to be no different this Christmas. This is an alarming figure and society very often seems to want to ignore such issues and consequently label these people as drug addicts or dangerous. Things are never black and white and the reasons for their homelessness aren’t always as clear-cut. Christmas is a time for family, love and warmth and yet these people will feel isolated and unwanted over Christmas. This is why we felt inclined to spread the word about AOK volunteers and help Jim with his Christmas mission. Additionally, we would also like to thank those of you who came to our office with a bag of clothes to donate to the cause and help make the homeless’ Christmas a little better. If you would like to know more about AOK Volunteers then you can contact Jim but I’m sure we will partner up for some more events in the future.
Those of you who came to our Christmas event last Friday will know that Jim also joined us. Since Christmas is about coming together and having fun, we wanted you guys to experience this together before heading off your separate ways to enjoy Christmas at home. We wanted you to have some insight into a British Christmas and what’s more British than Christmas crackers? All the materials were provided and although there was some confusion on how to make crackers initially, we all got there in the end and our personalised crackers looked amazing. Whilst we provided everyone with the materials, Jim provided us with a Christmas tree to make the social room just a little more Christmassy, which was lovely of him! The Christmas tunes were on and mince pies were being passed around, bringing magical Christmas cheer to those there! The cheer was so infectious that the office next to us was buzzing with laughter too. Soon enough cameras were out attempting to capture moments of sheer creativity and Christmas magic (some of the photos taken have been scattered throughout this post).
So now’s to wishing you a happy Christmas and a prosperous new year hoping that your celebrations at home are just as filled with laughter and magic as the event at WCE if not more so. Make sure to take lots of photos to capture the beauty of this time of the year. See you all in 2015!!
Recent weeks have seen cities across the UK, including Bournemouth, transform into winter wonderlands. Around two weeks ago, the Christmas Market made a return to Bournemouth town centre and will remain here until January 4th. The stalls are usually the same every year meaning the famous Moose Bar also made its return to make visitors and locals feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I have never really been to the Moose Bar but I do particularly enjoy its presence especially when the Moose voices something when you’re walking past – this can be rather amusing. I’ve also seen people with really pretty mugs in the shape of a boot that has Bournemouth inscribed and Santa painted on it – this may possibly persuade me to finally go to the Moose Bar for some traditional mulled wine and the boot mug, of course. However, my favourite feature of the market is undoubtedly the small alpine sheds that form the stalls. It’s truly what gives Bournemouth Square that cosy, winter wonderland atmosphere.
Then last Friday Bournemouth was finally brightened up with that Christmas sparkle after the Christmas lights were switched on. If any of you were in town for the event then you will remember how crazily busy it actually was. It was this that actually made it official – it’s that mad but wonderful time of the year again. Frome now on, Bournemouth will be swarming with shoppers at the weekend who are busy finding the perfect gift for their loved ones. Many of you are probably among these eager shoppers, especially if you’re heading back home to spend Christmas with your own loved ones. Some don’t like the rush of this season but others live off of it – Surely the rush is part of the overall Christmas experience though? If some of you aren’t feeling festive then we at WCE have the perfect way to get you in the spirit and yes, it’s with us!
Unfortunately, the festive fun at WCE won’t begin this week as planned but we will be holding a DIY Christmas Cracker event next week on Friday 12th December before we all go our separate ways for Christmas. If you want to come and make your own Cracker please join the event here! We thought this would be the perfect event because you can’t get anymore British than pulling a cracker at Christmas plus you will be able to show your family and friends back home your creation. There will also be some Christmas songs and seasonal snacks at the event to feed your creativity. Did you know that this tradition dates back to the mid-nineteenth century? So, it’s been around in the UK for a very long time. A cracker comes in the shape of a large sweet because it is said that the creator was a sweetshop owner and used the idea to promote sweets. Within the next week we will also be releasing a Christmassy WCE video to celebrate everything – you guys, our hard work, the year etc. After all, Christmas/ December is known as a time for reflection and recognition as well as a time of happiness and love. We will keep you posted with more details about the event in the following week and we hope you can join us rockin’ around WCE, letting the Christmas spirit ring! 😉