"Count your blessings: list the kind things others have done for you"
Gosh, I can't think of anything specific, but I know that I say things like "Thank you, that's so kind" on a pretty regular basis!
Last night I walked 2 km to the edge of town, where another village begins - they were having their annual Xmas Lights switch-on. I go up there for evening classes once a week (when I'm not working) and I have a friend who lives up there. I was surprised at how many people were there - many with lanterns. They did a short walk from one church, to the next church, and then to the pub, singing carols at each of the three stopping points. It was a dry evening and really pleasant to be out there joining in. It kind of helped me feel a bit more Xmassy!
I haven't felt much like bothering with decorating my flat for Xmas this year. The walls are concrete and it's everso hard to fix things up. However, on a walk through town today, I spotted some lovely twisted willow outside the florist's shop - and bought a branch.
I was supposed to be spending the best part of today with a friend - but she called this morning to say she was unwell, so I had the day to myself. Given the time, and the Xmas inspiration, I have now decorated my branch with stars and lights and shiny baubles. I tried to take a photo, but I couldn't make it look right.
As it's been very, very windy here - and because we are having new front doors fitted (all 42 flats - mine will probably be the last) - I decided to hang my Xmas wreath (home-made and perpetual) in my front window, with a star hanging in the middle. This was partly inspired by seeing what some of the shop windows had done with wreaths used like that. Then I placed a little Father Xmas ornament I have, on a pedestal of tinsel, so that he can be seen from the window. I hope that he will bring pleasure to the children who might pass by - they're good at spotting things like that.
So now, it's beginning to feel a lot like Xmas!
I posted my last parcel today. So all that's done. I've got a lovely meal with work, on Saturday evening, to look forward to.
Oh, and perhaps this counts as an act of kindness from others - I received a Xmas parcel from the mother of a woman I have been supporting (for several years). That is really kind of her, as I am no longer the 'key-worker', but we still have regular communication.
As far as counting my blessings goes, I've been keeping a gratitude journal for a few weeks' now - spending some time every evening jotting down all the things that I've been grateful for today.