“I feel more thankful and hopeful than usual. It’s a feeling that comes from deep inside!”
Christina Timofte lives in Bucharest, Romania, with her partner and the 25 animals that she works tirelessly to rehome
We both have full-time jobs but I can’t say no when a dog has nowhere to go! Each day, no matter whether it’s Christmas or New Year, is the same as we have to clean a lot and they all have to be fed and watered.
The feeling inside that it’s Christmas – that’s what makes it different. It’s a feeling that comes from deep inside, the hope that things are getting better, that many wishes will come true…
In Romania, Christmas is all about food. There’s a saying here – “If I have things to put on the table, then I’m OK”.
Sometimes we are missing the true importance of Christmas. What’s important is to be close to family. Often my brother, his wife and my five-year-old niece come, plus maybe a couple of friends. I like the opening of the presents. Even the dogs have gifts under the tree.
Last year a dog got a new home around Christmas time. Every year I put a wish to the higher power that an animal who has waited a long time will get a forever home. That’s a Christmas miracle!