Merry Christmas from POEM – how are you celebrating?

Merry Christmas from POEM – how are you celebrating?

Post Office is a national business, with over 11,500 branches serving the UK population across its many, varied communities. The diversity of our customers is reflected in our branches and our colleagues. As Christmas approaches, POEM (Post Office Ethnic Minorities group) has asked a few people How will you be celebrating?” See POEM's video below.

And we’ve asked Jose Robles from HR to tell us a bit more about his family’s Christmas traditions.

A Spanish Christmas, by Jose Robles

How will you be celebrating?
In Spain, Christmas Eve is known as Nochebuena. In the days before Nochebuena, children might take part in 'el aguinaldo' where they go and sing carols around their neighbours hoping to get some money!

On Christmas Eve, most people in Spain go to Midnight Mass or 'La Misa Del Gallo' (The Mass of the Rooster). It is called this because a rooster is supposed to have crowed the night that Jesus was born.

After the midnight mass service, one old tradition is to sing all types of Christmas songs, in front of statues of Jesus, Jose and Maria, together with the family playing guitars and beating on tambourines and drums.                 

What foods are your favourites to enjoy at this time, or traditional?

Most families eat their main Christmas meal on Christmas Eve before the service. The traditional Spanish Christmas dinner is seafood, along with a few other typical products, such as Serrano ham.

Popular deserts and sweets include 'mazapán' (or marzipan, made of almonds, sugar and eggs), 'turrón' (or nougat, made of honey and toasted almonds) and 'polvorones' (made of flour, butter and sugar).

What’s a good way to greet people at this time of year?

Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas!

About POEM

POEM stands for Post Office Ethnic Minorities. This is the new name we’ve chosen for the diversity network previously called BAME.

We’re a group of people from across Post Office, from different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.

If you’re interested in finding out more about what we’re working on, materials to share with your team, upcoming events and more, please contact Farida Iqbal or Rina Baroni. POEM Christmas video produced by Bintu Sesay and Rawa Hussein, edited by Aaron Fraser.

How will you be celebrating? What’s your favourite regional Christmas treat? Tell us on Yammer, using the tag #POEM