Five Ways to Celebrate the Return of Downton Abbey

An assortment of amusements from the finer side of the Web

Have you missed the elaborate hair combs, the Maggie Smith zingers, the scenery chewing that is always oh-so-polite? Now that Season Three has officially premiered on this side of the salty pond, here are five ways to celebrate that wide assortment of spoons, that scandal in stiff brocade, that heart-stopping drama that is Downton Abbey.

Maggie Smith, yall.

  • Maggie Smith, y’all.

1. Look at lamps!
Because, let’s not kid ourselves, looking at lamps is at least half of what this show is about.

2. Watch “Sh!t the Dowager Countess Says.”
Because you can’t go to pieces at the death of every foreigner.

3. Read this essay.
Because “ice berg” does sound alarmingly similar to “ice cube.”

4. Bake a fruitcake.
Because the recipe only calls for 1/3 cup of rum, but you’ll have to buy the whole bottle.

5. Buy paper dolls.
Because getting drunk on rum and playing with paper dolls is what adulthood is all about.

As an added bonus, you can watch this Eddie Izzard classic and contemplate whether we have, in fact, arrived at Room with a View of Hell.