November 29, 1999
This week, we have a story written by Lilia Anguelova, from Banff, Alberta. Lilia moved to Canada from Bulgaria, without knowing very much English. She first got a job as a housekeeper in Banff. She is now working at a Christmas store, and is taking literacy classes with the Bow Valley Literacy Program, so that she can write to her friends in Italy and the US.
Yes, it's true! I am working in this beautiful Spirit of Christmas store, in Banff, where everything is charming. I feel like it is Christmas and I am not tired of it. I like the beauty. I like to touch it. Everyday brings me some joy, with the smell of the candles, the grace of the ornaments, the magic of the angels and Santa Claus. I feel like I am in the kingdom of children's stories and I don't want to leave.
If it is morning, I put ornaments on some of the Christmas trees. The music is quiet and nice. The candles smell so sweet and the bells ring gently. I really feel the spirit of Christmas! I look at the angels. Do they move or do I imagine everything? It doesn't matter. It is important to keep the magic, the magic I need to live.
Sometimes, I don't hear any footsteps. But when I lift my head, I see a smiling child come to me. Her eyes are filled with admiration, and I know why - the charm works! There is nothing better than a child's smile at Christmas and every day.