At last, the throngs have headed home. To their families, across the vast valleys, bridle bells jingling softly over the snow.
Your brothers and sisters are here, in the sideshow's kitchen car, where you press your cheek to the windowpane, grinning as the barker's shouts still ring in your ears.
"Little Johnny Atom, a Mere Twenty Inches High!"-whose name is really Joshua and stands at a full 37 inches-leans toward the stove, roasting chestnuts he bought from a woman on a donkey-drawn cart. "The Prussian Giant!", born Henry Nickels in Dayton, Ohio, scrapes sweet, eerie notes from the strings of an old fiddle. Elizabeth, "The Armless Wonder Girl!", demurely stirs her tea, a silver spoon pinched delicately between her pretty painted toes. Sanjiv ("Only a Torso and Head, Ladies and Gentlemen-The Human Worm!"), expecting the birth of his fourth child any day now, puffs thick rings from his cigar. "What Is It-He or She?!"-you can vouch that her name is Rose and she is most definitely a she-sits writing a very long letter in a very tiny script.
Here, smoke curls from the little stove and tattered tinsel glitters on a spindly cut tree, as the train lurches on, rocking you through canyons and pine woods, miniature thatched roofs dotting the hillsides. Here, in this car, you've found a love like you never imagined. Here, you've found home.
Loves! This is a NEW edition of Big Top Train, created especially for the 2011 holiday season! Though I've kept the same story, it's a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT fragrance. While last year's formula focused more on Sanjiv's cigar and Joshua's stove, in this year's formula you'll find more of Elizabeth's tea saucers, Rose's notebook and Henry's fiddle. :) Like last year's, this edition is VERY potent and very intense. Don't be fooled by the initial "cherry" note that hits you out of the bottle; that's just a little almond asserting itself. This fragrance unfolds many complex layers on your skin — warm, sweet spices and the wood of an ancient violin.
A blessed holiday season to you and the ones *you* love.