Getting up early on Christmas Day, William opens his presents and finds an illuminated card on his wall proclaiming, “A Busy Day is a Happy Day”. He vows to put that in to practice firstly cleaning the hall floor (and coat stand, coats and wallpaper) of snail trails. His cousin, the cause of those trails, soon becomes his partner in crime. ‘Fixing’ the family clock causes his three visiting aunts to miss church, which completely spoils his Aunt Lucy’s day. The mincing machine also disappears – William is using its parts to make a model railway signal. The final straw comes when, as he performs a magic trick with an egg it goes all over Aunt Evangeline’s dress. William decides the card on his wall had been lying.
Originally featured in Home Magazine December 1920