Christmas

Lennox Unruh, a Grade 2 student with different abilities at Coghlan Fundamental Elementary, tries out his new bike with physiotherapist Marsalie Black. (Special to the Star)

Coghlan Elementary student gifted trike designed for his mobility issues

Aldergrove bike shop shop, Cranky’s, helped secure funding for the tricycle

Lennox Unruh, a Grade 2 student with different abilities at Coghlan Fundamental Elementary, tries out his new bike with physiotherapist Marsalie Black. (Special to the Star)
In this Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 photo made available by NASA, Saturn, top, and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Va. The two planets are drawing closer to each other in the sky as they head towards a “great conjunction” on Monday, Dec. 21, where the two giant planets will appear a tenth of a degree apart. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

Jupiter and Saturn align in our skies tonight, to form the Great Conjunction

Stargazers typically gather in groups at observatories or with backyard telescopes for such events

  • Dec 21, 2020
In this Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 photo made available by NASA, Saturn, top, and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Va. The two planets are drawing closer to each other in the sky as they head towards a “great conjunction” on Monday, Dec. 21, where the two giant planets will appear a tenth of a degree apart. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
Jaclyn Mountain says her mother, Cindy Mountain, seen in an undated handout photo, would be thrilled to see her Port Coquitlam, B.C., home decked out in Christmas lights for the first time in15 years. Cindy Mountain, of ‘Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, B.C., died of COVID-19 in April at age 59. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-The Mountain Family, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

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Jaclyn Mountain says her mother, Cindy Mountain, seen in an undated handout photo, would be thrilled to see her Port Coquitlam, B.C., home decked out in Christmas lights for the first time in15 years. Cindy Mountain, of ‘Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, B.C., died of COVID-19 in April at age 59. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-The Mountain Family, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
After Alanna Wadhwani, seen here with son Nathan, was deluged with orders for her ‘dog poo’ 2020 Christmas ornament, she set up what she described as a factory in her West Maple Maple Ridge home (Special to The News)
After Alanna Wadhwani, seen here with son Nathan, was deluged with orders for her ‘dog poo’ 2020 Christmas ornament, she set up what she described as a factory in her West Maple Maple Ridge home (Special to The News)
Aldergrove residents have been leaving personalized decor along the green fence surrounding the Christmas tree in the Alder Inn lot. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)

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Residents left personalized decor along fence surrounding the Christmas tree in Alder Inn lot

Aldergrove residents have been leaving personalized decor along the green fence surrounding the Christmas tree in the Alder Inn lot. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)
Long lines have prompted Christmas at Williams Park organizers to make reservation option online. (Mariana Aramburu/Special to The Star)

Christmas at Williams Park sold out

Organizers ask people not to come if they don’t already have a reservation this weekend

Long lines have prompted Christmas at Williams Park organizers to make reservation option online. (Mariana Aramburu/Special to The Star)
Gathering at Aldergrove Christmas tree on Saturday to help people grieve together. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)

Helping Aldergrove grieve this holiday season

Informal candlelight Christmas sing-a-long to be held Saturday at Aldergrove Christmas tree

Gathering at Aldergrove Christmas tree on Saturday to help people grieve together. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)
Brothers Tony and Peter Beier have decorated Peter’s front yard again at 2403 Watburne Crescent. Tony said it all started as a way of countering his and his wife’s season depression. (special to Langley Advance Times)

Beier brothers Christmas lights display is back

This year’s additions have a big ‘woah’ factor

Brothers Tony and Peter Beier have decorated Peter’s front yard again at 2403 Watburne Crescent. Tony said it all started as a way of countering his and his wife’s season depression. (special to Langley Advance Times)
Aldergrove Elks support the Aldergrove Food Bank by presenting a float at the legion branch #265 on Saturday, Dec.12. (Special to the Aldergrove Star)

Aldergrove Elks club spreads support with Save-On gift cards and food bank donations

More than $42,400 was raised for Aldergrove Food Bank at legion’s faux Christmas parade

Aldergrove Elks support the Aldergrove Food Bank by presenting a float at the legion branch #265 on Saturday, Dec.12. (Special to the Aldergrove Star)
Meet Jake, Harley, and Kate, whose names decorate a tree in Langley City’s Hunter Park (special to Langley Advance Times)

How ‘Jake’s Tree’ came to be planted in Langley’s Hunter Park

An anonymous fan of the unofficial memorial to three beloved dogs has added Christmas decorations

Meet Jake, Harley, and Kate, whose names decorate a tree in Langley City’s Hunter Park (special to Langley Advance Times)
Chad Friesen. leader of the First Walnut Grove Scout troop, added another former Christmas tree to the pile at Walnut Grove Secondary in 2019. This holiday season, the troop will be back, because the school has a long driveway that allows COVID-19 distancing. Some tree chipping events in Langley have had to be cancelled. (Langley Advance Times file)

There will be fewer tree chipping events in Langley this year, but they will occur

Some community groups have been able to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions, while others have not

Chad Friesen. leader of the First Walnut Grove Scout troop, added another former Christmas tree to the pile at Walnut Grove Secondary in 2019. This holiday season, the troop will be back, because the school has a long driveway that allows COVID-19 distancing. Some tree chipping events in Langley have had to be cancelled. (Langley Advance Times file)
Dee-Ana Goodman, children’s pastor at the Living Waters church in Fort Langley, guided a visiting vehicle to a stop Sunday, May 10, 2020, during a drive-through Mother’s Day celebration at the Glover Road place of worship. This Friday, the church will begin three days of drive-throughs to help the Langley Food Bank. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

A drive-by donation to help the Langley Food Bank gets underway this Friday in Fort Langley

Living Waters Church has more than a little experience planning such events

Dee-Ana Goodman, children’s pastor at the Living Waters church in Fort Langley, guided a visiting vehicle to a stop Sunday, May 10, 2020, during a drive-through Mother’s Day celebration at the Glover Road place of worship. This Friday, the church will begin three days of drive-throughs to help the Langley Food Bank. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
New Westminster resident is looking to sell hand-made ornaments for the holiday season

B.C. woman creates unique baked bean holiday ornament

Buy local this holiday season - with a baked bean ornament

New Westminster resident is looking to sell hand-made ornaments for the holiday season
Const. Britteny George has made more than 800 Christmas cards to hand out to seniors in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. (Special to The News)

Maple Ridge Mountie makes 800 holiday cards for seniors

With police carolling stopped by COVID, constable sent personalized greetings

Const. Britteny George has made more than 800 Christmas cards to hand out to seniors in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. (Special to The News)
Darren Pennington and his wife Kassandra and daughter Aubrey decorated their Aldergrove home for the holidays. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)

CHRISTMAS LIGHT MAP: Aldergrove display began in childhood bedroom

Darren and Kassandra Pennington have 8,000 lights covering their house, all synced up to music

Darren Pennington and his wife Kassandra and daughter Aubrey decorated their Aldergrove home for the holidays. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)
Residents of the Langley City housing complex managed by the Langley Lions Housing Society have brightened up the buildings for a Christmas lights contest (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Residents of Langley City seniors housing complex go all-out for Christmas lights contest

A friendly competition lights up the Langley Lions Housing Society residences

Residents of the Langley City housing complex managed by the Langley Lions Housing Society have brightened up the buildings for a Christmas lights contest (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Karen Long gives Bonnie from the Aldergrove post office 360 Christmas cards from local students to Aldergrove Legion members over the age of 70. (Special to the Aldergrove Star)

Seniors and military not forgotten by Aldergrove students this Christmas

Hundreds of personalized letters have been sent to local care homes and military personnel overseas

Karen Long gives Bonnie from the Aldergrove post office 360 Christmas cards from local students to Aldergrove Legion members over the age of 70. (Special to the Aldergrove Star)
“My daughter’s cat…poor thing!” (Codi Krys/Special to The Star)

PHOTOS: Aldergrove shares their holiday pet pictures

The Star asked readers to share their furry friends getting into the Christmas spirit

“My daughter’s cat…poor thing!” (Codi Krys/Special to The Star)
Joy Ruffeski and her daughter Suzanne (above) were impressed with the lights in downtown Langley City’s McBurney Plaza. “The Christmas lights in downtown Langley City are a safe way to get out and feel some Christmas spirit, even when you can’t be with family or friends. The displays are beautiful and well worth a visit to view the spectacle during the festive season,” Mom said. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

SHARE: City lights ignite that Christmas spirit

Send us your photo showing how you view Langley, and it could be featured in a future edition

  • Dec 14, 2020
Joy Ruffeski and her daughter Suzanne (above) were impressed with the lights in downtown Langley City’s McBurney Plaza. “The Christmas lights in downtown Langley City are a safe way to get out and feel some Christmas spirit, even when you can’t be with family or friends. The displays are beautiful and well worth a visit to view the spectacle during the festive season,” Mom said. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
This Christmas, the most popular toy is small, green and very cute. Lori Heppner and Matthew Purdy at Toy Traders in Langley with Grogu, the formerly nameless ‘baby Yoda’ character from the Disney series “The Mandalorian (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: What is the most popular toy this Christmas? Experts say he’s green, tiny and cute.

Meet Grogu, from The Mandalorian streaming series on Disney+

This Christmas, the most popular toy is small, green and very cute. Lori Heppner and Matthew Purdy at Toy Traders in Langley with Grogu, the formerly nameless ‘baby Yoda’ character from the Disney series “The Mandalorian (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)