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The Christmas party hosted by UPF Düsseldorf on 16 December 2023 was an event prepared with much love. The room was festively decorated, and a wonderful atmosphere created, thanks to the investment of those who baked Christmas cookies. Anja and Sergio Brina who are responsible for UPF Düsseldorf, warmly greeted the guests and guided them through the varied programme.

Musical contributions set the festive atmosphere; then followed friendly words of greeting from ambassadors of peace. A special peace award was given to Mr and Mrs Yilmaz by ZWWA (Civilisation, Wisdom, Charity, Upswing). This couple works for peace not only in this group, but in many others.

Then Herbert Beyer from UPF Düsseldorf delivered a Christmas address in which he stressed that the birth of Jesus symbolises love, hope and reconciliation. The teachings of Jesus remind us to be there for each other and to treat our fellow humans with compassion.  In this special time, we should remember the message of charity and strive to practice it.

A highlight was the birthday cake for Jesus, presented with the accompaniment of happy birthday sung in unison. The unison singing was very bonding and created a moving atmosphere. There was plenty of time for discussion and exchange as the guests shared coffee, cake and cookies.

All the participants very much enjoyed the second half of the celebration, which was devoted to poems, stories and further singing. At the end, all formed a large circle and those who wished to could offer a prayer or share his or her impressions. This final round together created an especially congenial atmosphere.

All in all, the Christmas celebration was a contemplative and joyful experience, characterised by many varying contributions and a warm community atmosphere.

Report: Anja Brina (English: Catriona Valenta)

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