Hey! Hope you all had a great Christmas.
Because, well… mine was awful. Been stuck in bed with a high fever and some kind of stomach bug. Not ideal. Had been looking forward to spend my Christmas in London but all of my plans and hopes of strolling around in Winter Wonderland, enjoying good food and company and maybe taking a nice walk in Hyde Park on Christmas morning all came crashing down on me. I basically just slept through it all. I’m not fully recovered yet, but getting there, so no need to worry! I’m just extremely bummed. Anyway, enough with the moping.
I’ll tell you about something fun, though! The last day before the Christmas Holidays we arranged a Christmas Party for the families that use or has been using our services at the charity. We spent all morning decorating the venue with Christmas trees, glitter, lights and we even created a “Santa’s Grotto”, where the children got a chance to meet Santa and receive a present. Speaking of the presents – we had some amaaazing toys donated to us by different companies who wanted to support us. And when I say amazing, I mean A-MA-ZING. And many, almost two hundred!! So, as you can imagine, there was also a lot of wrapping going on (five hours straight to be exact).
Almost a hundred families and nearly 150 children showed up, the party was a success! Oh, I forgot to tell you… I was dressed up at Santa’s Elf. That’s right, with green tights and boots and everything. My main task was to manage the queue to Santa’s Grotto, a queue which consisted of over a hundred overly excited children. Busy, busy, busy. It was good fun, though. Seeing the look on their precious little faces when they opened the presents was priceless.
I’m glad I still have two weeks left of my internship after the Holidays before I have to go back home. St Vincent’s Family Project has become so much more than an internship to me. It has basically been like my second home here in London. It’s going to be an emotional last couple of weeks, that’s for sure.