You wander out of the second room and into a third where you find the floor littered with broken glass ornaments. “What happened here?” you ask yourself. Then you realize that someone was just getting ready for Christmas and the usual problems have occurred. Christmas music blasts into your ear as you completely forgot about the headphones you were wearing and the iPod you’re carrying. After the music there’s a message:
“Hey there!” says a now familiar voice. “It’s Charlie” Duh… I know that, you think. “Sorry for the mess, but as I was pulling out something festive made of glass to doodlewash, the usual thing happened. But I didn’t mind as it’s all part of the holidays. You might want to watch where you step though.
“So we put up our tree this weekend and as I was bringing up some of the ornaments, I heard the familiar little crash of a glass orb blistering on the floor. You know the sound. Like a little quiet burst of ice crystals exploding… nothing tragic, but the same initial fear as if you dropped fine china. At first, I cringed hoping it wasn’t one of the ‘special’ ones, but then looked down to see something quite lovely, like a little reflective world inside the orb. I think the most magical part of these ornaments is hiding inside!
“Tomorrow, Philippe and I leave for Texas to visit my family. As ever, I’ve no idea how I’ll manage to help you into the next room and actually doodlewash anything, but it’s that time of year where one believes in magic, so I’m sure I’ll find a way to make it happen. It’s also that time of year where you create the new crazy memories that will become lore, so I’m sure I’ll have lots of stories to share about this trip.
“My family is, after all, my family, so they’re equally crazy and just a bit touched. That’s the way we roll and though our Christmas may be a bit cracked, we really wouldn’t have it any other way. There’s plenty of time to be serious all year long. This time of year, it’s all about focusing on what’s fun in life and becoming a child again!”
The voice suddenly stops, and the countdown reappears on the screen with the now familiar question: