Almost everybody is better; Marie was still bedridden during the day. At 3:00 vespers was held and all the rooms were sprinkled with holy water. I was talking with some of the First Platoon of the 4th Regiment about their taking off their shoulder straps and about the behavior of some of the guardsmen of the 2nd Regiment who were cruelly denounced.
Today Marie got sick. She had a rash which gave her face a raspberry crimson hue. In the meantime her temperature went up. Tatiana was quite all right. I took a walk with Anastasia alone. It was 10 degrees of frost outside and there was a wind. We rehearsed our parts. I received a letter from Kseny.
Alexis also got the measles, but they were quite mild; Olga and Tatiana themselves feel fine; the latter even got up. All day it snowed. The detached committee of the infantry today decided to take off their shoulder straps so that they would not have to endure insults and attacks while in the village. Incomprehensible!
At 8 o'clock we went to Mass without Olga and Tatiana, regretfully, because they both had a fever. The Dr. thinks they probably have the German measles. The Mass was held by a different priest and deacon. The weather became magnificent, quite March-like.
It was not a very cold day with a gusty wind. Toward evening Alexis got up, although he could not put on his boots. After tea we sat up and waited for the New Year.
It was a quiet clear day. Alexis's ankle was somewhat swollen and he stayed in bed. We took a long walk; the girls also went out after dinner.
It was also a nice sunny day today, four degrees of frost. We worked on the wood pile which we had prepared. I chopped while the girls slid down the hill on skies.
It was a nice warm overcast day, four degrees. During the morning and during the day I worked at clearing up the firewood on the extension of the hill. After tea we rehearsed our parts. During the evening Alix had a headache.
It was a quiet cold day, 16 degrees of frost. Everyone slept for a long time. During the morning I went down with the children to the guard barracks. It was the First Platoon of the 2nd Regiment that sent us the Christmas tree yesterday and sweet pies and checkers. The other day Iza Buzhoevden came to see us. He had not been allowed to see us by some whim of Pankratov.
We went to Mass at 7 o'clock in the dark. After the liturgy, church services were held before the image of the Sacred Mother brought on Christmas Eve from the monastery 242 miles away. During the day I worked in the snow until dinner time. We rehearsed our parts thoroughly.
During the morning I was at the dentist's for half an hour. At 12 o'clock Mass was held in the hall. Up to the time of our walk we got the presents ready for everybody and decorated the Christmas tree. From tea time to 5 o'clock I Went out with Alexis to the guard barracks and got the tree ready for the 1st. See more
Platoon of the 4th Regiment. We sat with the guards and their replacements until 5:30. After dinner all the people came to see the Christmas tree, and we received them until 8 o'clock. Vespers was very late — they did not start until 10:30 because the priest did not have time to come earlier from services in the church. All the infantrymen who were off-duty were present.
The weather became mild, and a wet snow fell. We all worked up on the hill. At 9 o'clock vespers was held.
It was a nice sunny day but windy. Today I finished the third volume of General History. From six o’clock on we rehearsed all our parts; they went smoothly.