Some new moms and new babies had their first holiday outing at the Christmas Wish Breakfast at Newlands Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Karla Wilkinson and Olivia (left) from Aldergrove, Karline Johnson and Celia from Willoughby (centre) and and Hanna Strelau and Vaylin from Murrayville (right) all met in a prenatal class and all had girls the same month. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Some new moms and new babies had their first holiday outing at the Christmas Wish Breakfast at Newlands Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Karla Wilkinson and Olivia (left) from Aldergrove, Karline Johnson and Celia from Willoughby (centre) and and Hanna Strelau and Vaylin from Murrayville (right) all met in a prenatal class and all had girls the same month. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO A Christmas of many firsts for Langley moms

First-time parents celebrate the holidays at their first Christmas Wish breakfast

It was a Christmas of many firsts for three new Langley moms who visited the Christmas Wish Breakfast at Newlands Golf & Country Club with their babies on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

Aside from the fact that it was their first-ever visit to the annual event, Karla Wilkinson and Olivia from Aldergrove, Karline Johnson and Celia from Willoughby and and Hanna Strelau and Vaylin from Murrayville had a lot in common.

“We all met in a prenatal class at Al Anderson,” Johnson explained.

All had their children the same month.

“They’re all May babies and they’re all girls,” Wilkinson laughed.

“We’re excited to get our first picture with Santa,” Strelau said.

It was the first public outing for the six-month old girls, who didn’t fuss a bit when they sat with Santa.

“They’re really chill babies,” Wilkinson observed.

Wilkinsons next big outing will be a trip to Ecuador later this holiday season, where she has relatives who are waiting to see Olivia.

Wilkinson said the three new friends had so much fun at the breakfast, they are planning to come back next year.

“Now, we want to make it a tradition.”

She added they are all talking about having second children in about two years, so they could be arriving all together with new babies in a not-too-distant Christmas.

The moms were among thousands of visitors to the third edition of the Langley City event that collects new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children from newborn to age 18.

READ MORE: VIDEO: Christmas Wish Breakfast crowd a third bigger

In exchange for a donation to the Christmas bureau, Newlands offered a free buffet breakfast inside the banquet hall, where guests could drop off contributions, visit Santa, listen to live music, and even experience snow, in the form of artificially generated snowflakes on an outdoor patio.

Figures released by organizers show there was a substantial increase in attendance and donations from last year.

There were more guests, 3,300 compared to the 2,000 who showed up last year.

They brought with them 4,000 toys, up from 3,000 in 2018.

Donations of gift cards rose to $6,000, tripling the previous tally of $2,000.

Contributions from sponsors and cash donors nearly doubled, to $40,000 from $22,000.

South Langley resident Ruth Leask, 92, who attended with daughter Penny Jones, said the event had the feel of a large family get-together.

“We had Christmases like this every year,” Leask remarked.

READ MORE: Pulled teeth connects teen with Langley Christmas Wish Breakfast charity

A joint effort by Newlands and the City of Langley, donations to the Christmas Wish breakfast go to help the Langley Christmas Bureau.

It is the first Children’s Wish Breakfast in the Fraser Valley, inspired by the event hosted by Pan Pacific Vancouver that started in 1987 and has grown to attract thousands of people people who bring tonnes of toys and thousands of dollars in donations.

Last year, the all-volunteer Langley Christmas Bureau helped 759 families consisting of 1,700 children.



dan.ferguson@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Children enjoyed artificial snow at the Christmas Wish Breakfast at Newlands Golf & Country Club in Langley held on Tuesday, Nov. 26.(Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Children enjoyed artificial snow at the Christmas Wish Breakfast at Newlands Golf & Country Club in Langley held on Tuesday, Nov. 26.(Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Just Posted

Township of Langley crews were called to a structure fire in the 7200blk 208th St in Willoughby on Friday, Jan. 22, 2020 (Curtis Kreklau/South Fraser News Services)
VIDEO: Two-alarm blaze in Langley’s Willoughby neighbourhood

Crews respond to multiple reports of a structure fire in the 7200 block of 208th Street on Friday

Black Press Media Files
BC Teacher’s Federation asks for vaccine prioritization

‘Hopefully more vaccines are approved and the immunization strategy will be adjusted and accelerated’

Sources White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank is located at 2356 156 St. (File photo)
Door-to-door canvassers not working on behalf of Sources Food Bank, says manager

Accredited White Rock, South Surrey, Langley food bank does not canvas for donations

Theatre in the Country presents Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde. (TIC/Special to the Aldergrove Star)
Oscar Wilde, Kauffman and Hart, and adult acting classes all happening at Langley theatre

Theatre in the Country continues to showcase Zoom performances while now offering scene studies

Curator Kobi Christian with an exhibit on historic clothing that was on display at the Langley Centennial Museum last February. (Langley Advance Times files)
Langley museum gets $75,000 grant

The funding is to go towards improving facilities

Toronto Public Health nurse Lalaine Agarin sets up for mass vaccination clinic in Toronto, Jan. 17, 2021. B.C. is set to to begin its large-scale immunization program for the general public starting in April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
B.C.’s COVID-19 mass vaccinations expected to start in April

Clinics to immunize four million people by September

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a daily briefing in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
31 cases of COVID-19 variants detected in Canada: Health officials

Dr. Theresa Tam made announces 13 more variant COVID-19 cases in Canada

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Daily COVID-19 cases reported to each B.C. health region, to Jan. 20, 2021. Island Health in blue, Northern Health green, Interior Health orange, Vancouver Coastal in red and Fraser Health in purple. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate stays stable with 508 cases Friday

Vaccine delivered to more than 110,000 high-risk people

The District of Saanich’s communications team decided to take part in a viral trend on Thursday and photoshopped U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders into a staff meeting photo. (District of Saanich/Twitter)
Bernie Sanders makes guest appearance municipal staff meeting in B.C.

Vancouver Island firefighters jump on viral trend of photoshopped U.S. senator

School District 57 headquarters in Prince George. (Mark Nielsen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)
Prince George school district settles with sexual abuse victim

Terms were part of an out-of-court settlement reached with Michael Bruneau, nearly four years after he filed a lawsuit

Surrey provincial court. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
New COVID-19 protocols set for provincial courthouses

The new rules were issued on Jan. 21, and took effect immediately

Police in Vancouver looking for male suspect who allegedly spat and attacked a store manager for not wearing a mask, at 7-Eleven near Alma Street and West 10th Avenue just before noon on Dec. 17, 2020. (Vancouver police handout)
VIDEO: Man spits on 7-Eleven manager over mask rule, sparking Vancouver police probe

‘Unfortunately, the store manager sustained a cut to his head during the assault’

The Vancouver-based SAR team successfully rescued two lost snowshoers off of the west side of Tim Jones Peak in the early morning of Monday, Jan. 19. (North Shore Rescue photo)
B.C.’s busiest SAR team raises alarm after 2021 begins with fatality, multiple rescues

‘People beyond ski resort areas of Seymour, Grouse, and Cypress go without cell reception,’ SAR warns

Most Read