Christmas specials and episodes are plentiful and add great entertainment this time of year. I still recall how much I enjoyed the Downton Abbey, Season 2, Episode 9, “Christmas at Downton Abbey.”
If you are unfamiliar with the PBS program, you have time to give it a go before the movie is released. So many of us enjoyed each season to the point of getting attached to characters and storylines. Is there a dowager countess in your family history?
While we wait, it seems only proper to reflect on lessons learned at Downton Abbey. Here are 10 lessons learned over time through the seasons. How many of these that reflect plot points can you still recall? I may in fact need a refresher myself.
- If you are sinister, suspicious, and snarky every season, don’t expect to end with much sympathy, support, or friendships. But we can hold on to hope.
- If you are the eldest matriarch in your family, understand your words, though witty and often wise, may be off-putting to those close to you. And yet delight your veiwing audience.
- As we age, new technology can startle and cause distrust when introduced. Embrace it.
- Women evolve. Stand back, observe, and honor.
- Avoid an ulcer at all costs.
- Marigolds and daisies can grow together.
- If you cannot find the love of your life through many seasons, hold on. At least millions of people will be pulling for you.
- If you marry a head butler, be sure you love to run your home the same way he expects the manor to be run.
- Family pets, especially a Labrador Retriever, will win your heart. When they leave you, it is painful. But we can learn to love again.
- Hope and love will survive, when ways of life must change with the times. Stay optimistic.
Thank you, Downton Abbey, for seasons of wisdom, joy, and viewing happiness.
Join me in eager anticipation for the next movie! Even the sound of the theme music gets me to the edge of my emotional seat. What about you?
Stay charming, my friends!