Boxing Day, December 26, is the day for Lord Grantham (and other rich folk like him) to let off their servants so they can have a chance to celebrate Christmas themselves, after slaving away at the estate all day December 25 to keep the nobility happy and unaware of the effort it takes to pull off a fabulous holiday for everyone in the elite prestigious family.
In honor of Boxing Day, I've let all my servants off for the day too, so here I am on my own to hold down the fort. In doing so, I looked at some photos from 1995.
The kids opened some presents with their cousin Merrie. All very calm and controlled. I wonder how long that lasted...
It stayed pretty calm it seems. Here everyone decided to play bingo. Then we opened some gifts. Grandma had done some knitting that year and made each of the kids a sweater. To excite the little ones about getting sweaters, we added needlepoint images of their favorite Sesame Street friends.
Charlie and Spencer modeled their new sweaters for me. Charlie in green has Bert on his and Spencer has Ernie.
Molly is sitting with her Great Grandpa for a spell wearing her Cookie Monster sweater. She'd shed her velvet dress in exchange for her comfy clothes and bare feet.
Here Pierce is a little more interested in what someone else it finding in their box than what was in his own.
We had a big family dinner that day. Grandpa is waving at the camera. In the center of the photo, back at the corner of the table in a highchair is Charlie. Molly's blond hair and red bow are in the bottom right hand corner.
Here's the other side of the table. Look in the center again, and there you will find Spencer in his highchair. He's leaning on his arm. He looked tired to me, so I zoomed in a little on him with my lens.
He was indeed tired. And pretty cute. So I zoomed in a little more.
Pretty cute, no? Pretty tuckered out too.
After such a big day yesterday, and now all day today without any servants here, I think I can relate to how tired Spencer was that day.
I hope you've had a restful Boxing Day—especially with all your servants off for the day to celebrate with their own families.
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