Monday, December 23, 2013

Eight maids at Christmas not a-milking

Eight Maids at Holiday Time or Any Time

Can you name the TV shows that featured these fun and hard-working maids aka housekeepers? What families did they work for? Do you have a favorite? It isn't the eighth day of Christmas. I don't recall any of them a-milking, but it's fun anyway. Here's a little quiz to see how well you know famous television maids and housekeepers.

Friends like to throw theme parties. This is a great idea. Maybe guests will be more inclined to clean up after themselves? Ask about these maids, make it part of a game at your next bridesmaids luncheon or the wedding favor-making session.

Maybe it's their holiday task, one maid to tend each of Santa's reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. But what about Rudolph? A maid to tend Comet?

The Alice Nelson Costume comes in a version for women and for men.

Most of these characters did not wear a distinctive costume. If you and seven friends want to portray the Eight Maids, you can probably create the costumes out of items from your closets or find things in your local thrift shop. You may find some cool vintage aprons.

1) Alice Nelson

2) Florence Johnston

3) Tony Micelli

4) Rosario Salazar

5) Florida Evans

6) Nell Harper

7) Mr. Belvedere

8) Rosie the Robot

There are different versions of the Rosie The Maid Costume

Probably the most famous look is the French Maid Costume. You could be Magenta from The Rocky Horror Picture Show?

Do I look like your maid? Tshirt
Do I look like your maid? Tshirt
Look at more Maid T-Shirts to customize at zazzle

In honor of the 8 Maids, why not check out 10 favorite Milk Scenes on Television 

Hazel was a TV show that ran from 1961-1966. It was broadcast in both black and white and then in color. The great film and Broadway actress, Shirley Booth starred, playing Hazel Burke. She worked for The Baxters.

Since posting this list, friends have mentioned characters in shows who could also be included, Upstairs, Downstairs, Downton Abbey even Jeeves & Wooster.

Here are the answers to the questions above. 

1) Alice Nelson (Ann B. Davis) was on The Brady Bunch. First she worked for Mike Brady. When Mike married Carol, she worked for the whole bunch of them. Later she married her true love, Sam.

2) Florence Johnston worked for George and Louise on The Jeffersons.

3) Tony Micelli (Tony Danza) worked for Angela Bower on Who's the Boss? 

4) Rosario Salazar (Shelley Morrison) was on Will & Grace. She worked for Karen Walker.

5) Florida Evans worked for Maude & Walter Findlay on the show, Maude from 1972–1974. Florida and he family got their own show, Good Times which ran 1974-1979. She was portrayed by Emmy Award-winning actress Esther Rolle.

6) Nell Harper (Nell Harper) on Gimme a Break! She worked for widower Carl Kanisky and his family.

7) Mr. Belvedere (Christopher Hewett) worked for George & Marsha Owens on, yes, the show called Mr. Belvedere.

8) Rosie the Robot worked for George and Jane Jetson. These are the only animated characters on the list.

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