Christmas lunch with crackers and gin bar in Luxembourg
(sth) – The British Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg organised its traditional Christmas lunch in the Hémicycle on Kirchberg on Friday, December 9.
A festive mood, a three course Christmas meal, traditional Christmas crackers, British humour, a gin bar and some prizes made for a laid-back afternoon.
BCC chairwoman Alison Macleod welcomed guests with her speech referring to British accomplishments of 2016. Third overall place in the Olympics, second overall in the Paralympics, and now number one in Tennis... even Brexit had been “trumped” by US elections.
Mentioning the Chamber's activities in 2016, Ms Macleod was able to look back on some 20 events attended by around 1.400 people over the year, while membership remained stable. During the upcoming year, when the BCC will celebrate its 25th anniversary, some special events will take place, such as notably a dinner in the dark on February 8.
Speaking at the Christmas lunch for the first time since his arrival in Luxembourg in March 2016, British Ambassador John Marshall talked about his very personal take on what it means to “feel British”. After a busy and eventful year, the Ambassador however had no choice but to mention some of the big issues such as devastative natural and man made catastrophes, appalling humanitarian crisis, the 2016 US elections and of course Brexit.
Although Brexit is “no laughing matter” for the vast majority, Ambassador Marshall welcomed the unshakable humour with which some parts of British society reacted to the news.
Speaking about “Britishness”, Mr Marshall mentioned traits such as democracy, freedom of speech and human rights, an open and outward looking, tolerant and culturally diverse country, and finally the characteristic of being an island nation. In his opinion, these traits, among others, are defining this concept of Britishness and some shocking isolated incidents after Brexit should not cause people to “fall out of love” with their country.
Next to Christmas crackers for everyone sponsored by fast recruitment, two lucky attendees were able to celebrate Christmas early by winning two round trips to London sponsored by Luxair and a gin bar sponsored by KPMG made for a tasty finish of this year's Christmas lunch.