Just a little update on yesterday's Christmas lunch for the clients at work. I had a blast. So much fun! I haven't had much to do with the clients up until now, because I'm in the office and so only ever talk to some of them briefly on the phone. I got to meet most of them as I helped serve the meals and the beverages, and got to chat with quite a few.
Everyone had a lovely time, the food was good, the entertainment was fun, we gave out some door prizes*. It was a blast. For the brief bits of time that I actually got to sit, I sat next a lovely couple and he told me fascinating stories about his 43 years in the police force. It was also great to see the friendship between our field workers and the clients. Lots of Christmas hugs and kisses being exchanged, and even some small gifts.
The worst thing about the day? HAT HAIR from wearing a Santa hat all day.
The best things? Being referred to by one of the clients as a Christmas Elf (good call), all the "thank you" comments and best wishes, getting to play Christmas Elf and hand out take home gifts of tiny Christmas puddings as everyone left and best of all one lady took my hand and told me that she'd had such a good time that it will be enough to carry her all the way through Christmas and into the New Year. (She nailed me with that one and I almost lost it entirely.) It was an exhausting but very rewarding afternoon. Christmas doesn't have a religious significance for me, but you could certainly feel the true spirit of Christmas in the air. Giving. Kindness. Thinking of others.
Good times y'all.
* Michael Guy - you'll be pleased to know that we were giving out potted poinsettias! The sort you love so much.