Barbie and her sisters have finally arrived in New Doll City! They have arranged to meet Janessa in the main community centre, where they will be volunteering for the next few days.
“So, this is it!” Janessa says, leading the sisters into the room. The community centre is buzzing with activity. With only a few days to go until Christmas, everyone is working hard on preparing the games and presents for the children.
“Wow!” Barbie cannot believe her eyes. “It’s just like Santa’s workshop in here! Look at all the toys! Oh, look at all the decorations!”
It’s no secret that Barbie Roberts loves Christmas.
“There’s even a reindeer decoration! How cute!”
While Barbie gawks at the reindeer, Janessa turns to Skipper and Stacie. “Stacie, you’ll be on wrapping duty with Barbie. Skipper, you’ll be looking after the children.”
Skipper raises her eyebrows. “Excuse me, what? I thought we were just …organising activities and stuff?”
Janessa smiles. “A lot of parents still have to work at this time of year, so they drop off their children here. Childcare is so expensive nowadays -so we do it for free!”
Begrudgingly, Skipper goes over to the children’s play area. A girl around her age is already there.
“Hi!” The girl says brightly. “I’m Stephanie. You must be Skipper -I’ve heard about you. You’re Barbie’s sister, the world famous supermodel!”
Stephanie is impressed with all of Skipper’s gadgets. “WOW! Is that the Galaxy Star 17 Headphones? And the latest Blue Sky Mobile?”
“Oh, um, yeah.” Skipper says. “I got them last week. I had to line up outside the store for ages.”
“Hey, you’re pretty good at that,” Skipper says, noticing how Stephanie is taking care of lots of children at once.
“Oh, this is nothing! I look after the children in my apartment every day. Sometimes I have to watch five or six babies at a time!”
Skipper is impressed.
Over at the wrapping station, Stacie is not very happy with her new task. “Man, wrapping duty blows!” she complains. “Can’t we go back to the ski resort?”
“C’mon, Stacie, lighten up!” Barbie says. “We’re here to volunteer. To help others! Isn’t that what Christmas is all about?”
Stacie disagrees. To her, Christmas is about eating lots of food and opening lots of presents!