Four ways to truly make this the season of goodwill

Four ways to truly make this the season of goodwill

The Bath Christmas Market is only days away – soon our beautiful Georgian streets will be decorated with 150 twinkling chalets filled with festive treats that will excite our senses.  There is nothing like walking through the market to put you in the festive mood, with the smell of roasted chestnuts, gingerbread and mulled wine filling the air.  Yet as we are all struggling to decide what to buy as gifts, trying to not be tempted by yet another mince pie, and enjoying a tipple at a party or two, why not truly make this Christmas the season of goodwill?
1. We all want some figgy pudding
When it comes to food shopping, we can all go a little crazy, filling our trolleys with food which we can’t possibly all eat.  So when you next do your food shopping, why not add a couple of extra things that you could donate to the local food bank?  Some supermarkets actually have a place you can put your donations as you leave the store, it couldn’t be any easier.  The Bath Food Bank website also has a list of needed items, as well as a complete list of places for you to drop items off.
Why not also check your kitchen cupboards? You may find cans and spices that you have bought and never used.  If you haven’t used them by now, why not give them to someone who will?  There are many charities looking for food donations, and you can add a little joy.
2. Deck the halls
Hands up who adds to their Christmas decorations every year and now the boxes of tinsel and baubles are getting a little out of hand?  As you bring down all your singing Santas and sparkling things, why not take a little time to have a good sort out?  Decorations can be expensive and there will be plenty of places and families that would be extremely grateful to give their homes some festive cheer.
3. Merry little Christmas
Whilst you’re out buying presents for cousin John and auntie Linda, why not pop a little toy in your basket?  The Salvation Army are currently running their Christmas Present Appeal, to make sure that no child goes without a present this Christmas.  You can drop your gift off at Sally Ann’s Café on Green Park Road until Friday 6 December, so you have no time to lose to show a child that this really is the most magical time of the year.
4. All I want for Christmas is you
Christmas is a time to cherish those close to us and those who are sadly no longer here.  Our emergency services do an incredible job when life takes a turn for the worse, which is why it’s crucial to keep Great Western Air Ambulance in the sky.  You may be surprised to learn that this element of the 999 response team is actually a charity and entirely funded by people like you and me.  Now we know that pennies can be tight this time of year, but there are other ways you can help support the work they do. 
They have teamed up with Bag It Up to enable you to donate any old clothes that are cluttering up your wardrobe and drawers.  What’s the point of them hanging there waiting to go back in fashion? If they are too big, too small or never worn, put them to good use. 
We hope you will join our team at The Apartment Company and make this season truly one of goodwill.

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