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erry Christmas from the Now! It truly is the season of giving – and in that spirit, we decided to give this year’s Christmas issue to you, our lovely readers. Over the past few weeks, we’ve collected a number of items from you to show the rest of the community how the people of Surrey and North Delta do Christmas. Inside, you’ll find some hilarious holiday photos of ugly sweaters, letters to Santa and some pictures with Santa. We’ve also collected a few holiday recipes, community Christmas memories and some cultural traditions observed at this time of year. Congratulations to Alicia Olson , who won a pair of Canucks tickets for sending us a photo of what must be Surrey’s tackiest Christmas sweater. Also, congratulations to Samantha Costley, Mandy Sheppard, Marianne Gray and Amanda Smith-Weston, who also won prizes. We also want to take this time to thank you all for making our community what it is and for supporting the Now. Each comment, letter to the editor, roses and rotten tomatoes (and candy canes and coal) submission shows us that our readers are passionate about about their communities and neighbourhoods. We hope to hear more from our loyal readers in 2014 as we prepare for an exciting year of news in Surrey and Delta. For now, enjoy the holidays, the turkey, the friends and family and everything else that comes with this time of year. Merry Christmas!

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In one of our favourite Christmas submissions this year, two-year-old Callie Costley of Surrey fails to see the ‘jolly’ in good ol’ St. Nick. See more photos with Santa on page 18.


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Ugliest Christmas sweaters in town

Left, Alicia Olson with her awardwinning ugly Christmas sweater, complete with Santa face. Above, the Matthews family takes “deck the halls” to a new level, and, right, two young boys get a kick out of the ironic holiday habit, even if their sweaters are a tad large for them. Below right, Lauren Szlovicsak sent in images of the fronts and backs of these ugly sweater entries.

Left and below, Surrey teacher Brad Basigin submitted a number of images of ugly Christmas sweaters that deserve an honourable mention.

Left, Andrew Trip dons a Happy Chanukah sweater and hoists a knitted drink cosy to get into the holiday spirit.

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GUILDFORD — Not many people can say they’ve worked with someone as talented as Billy Bob Thornton, but Surrey actor Brett Kelly can – and he was only eight years old. Kelly’s claim to fame is his role in the 2003 anti-Christmas comedy Bad Santa, starring Billy Bob Thornton as a hard-drinking, foul-mouthed mall Santa named Willie, with Tony Cox as his elfish dwarf sidekick named Marcus. Now at its 10th anniversary, the film has become something of a cult Christmas classic. “Filming Bad Santa was really where I learned everything that I knew at that point about movies,” said Kelly, now 20. “That was really the first big thing that I had done.” In the movie, Willie and Marcus spread half-assed holiday cheer at an Arizona shopping mall until it closes on Christmas Eve, at which point they rob the place blind and

lay low for the next 11 months before hitting another mall in another state. Kelly portrayed Thurman Merman, a lovable loser who befriends Willie. Merman’s kindness even prompts the selfish, surly Willie to think of someone else for once by the end of the 90minute gutbuster. While Kelly doesn’t remember much from filming the movie, but he does recall the first impression he got from reading the R-rated script. “I was running lines with my dad because I had to go for my first audition,” he said. “The first time he said a line like, ‘What the F are you doing?’ I just couldn’t stop laughing, I couldn’t read my lines, I was just rolling around on the ground laughing. “I’d heard my parents swear before that a little bit, but not sustained like that. We all found it pretty funny.” Kelly said he frequently gets asked about hearing so many

Christmas is a special time for 20-year-old Surrey actor Brett Kelly. After all, he starred in ‘Bad Santa,’ (right) the 2003 Christmas comedy that has become something of a cult classic. (Photo: JACOB ZINN) F-bombs at such a young age, but added the coarse language didn’t affect him much. “I’m probably fairly disturbed from the movie, I just haven’t realized it yet,” he said with a laugh. Bad Santa may be a must-see for

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my favourite things to do.” While filming the movie was surreal, Kelly said its longevity caught a lot of people off guard. “I don’t think anyone on the set really had any expectations for what it’s kind of become, where people are always talking about it every Christmas and you always see it on TV every year,” he said. “For it to turn out the way it has has been a pleasant surprise.” Since his last role working alongside Adrien Brody in the 2010 stoner comedy High School, Kelly has taken a break from the silver screen to pursue a degree from UBC’s Sauder School of Business, though he’d like to get back into acting once he graduates. And if the rumours are true, there could be a sequel to his big break from 10 years ago. “I’ve heard some rumblings all over the internet with Billy talking, but I haven’t heard anything for sure,” he said. “I’d definitely be interested.”

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Rights and Wrongs

A look back at 2013 in predictions InTheHouse Keith Baldrey

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s the year draws to a close, it’s time to take stock of things I’ve put in this column for the last 52 weeks. Things like predictions and forecasts – you know, activities that can make me look like a genius or an utter fool! It can be challenging to go out on a limb fairly regularly in such a public way, and open myself to humiliation and contempt, or deepseated admiration (this, trust me, rarely occurs). But it makes my email more interesting. In any event, let’s look back at some of my track record:

Wrong: the NDP would win the spring provincial election. Might as well get this major gaffe out of the way right at the start. Like pretty well every other columnist, reporter, pundit, etc. (with the notable exception of fellow North Shore News columnist Trevor Lautens) I predicted an NDP cakewalk to victory.

I should have stuck to my original take on the election result, made shortly after both parties’ leadership contests. At a business conference, I held up a newspaper photo of a beaming Christy Clark and one of an uncomfortable looking Adrian Dix, and boldly predicted the smiling, confident Clark would wipe the floor with Dix. Then those darn polls started to appear.... Right: the Green Party would elect an MLA during the election. Well, at least I got something right about that contest. Andrew Weaver won, as I expected, in Oak Bay-Gordon Head. Driving around that riding a week before election day I noted how I had never seen more campaign signs for a single candidate on peoples’ lawns. Boulevards are public spaces, but private lawns? Those are earned, dedicated votes. Wrong: the so-called “ethnic memo” scandal would hurt the B.C. Liberals in the election. The scheme that saw tax dollars mixed up with doing blatant partisan work for the B.C. Liberal party mattered not a whit with voters. That suggests voters may hold

the cynical view that all political parties are guilty of such things and end up not giving any party an advantage on the issue (this may mean the Senate expense scandal seemingly dogging the Harper government may not be a major factor that determines the outcome of the next federal election). In any event, the B.C. Liberals ended up doing much better than the NDP when it came to winning support of the ethnic community vote in the election. Right: BC Hydro rates would increase significantly. Anyone with basic knowledge of the energy issue could see the inevitability of this. But with an election hovering over the politicians for a lengthy time, none of them (from either major party) wanted to

admit that or even talk about such a thing. But the day of reckoning has come, and rates are indeed going up. Wrong: it was going to be impossible for the provincial government to balance its budget, as tabled back in February. I may be a tad premature here, as the final numbers won’t be known for a few months yet. But it appears that halfway through the year, Finance Minister Mike de Jong may indeed balance the books, albeit on the proverbial razor’s edge. He’s been able to hold the line on spending, and there may enough of a built-in cushion (called the “forecast allowance”) to offset any significant decline in revenue. Right: the smart-meter protest was a lot of noise about nothing. It turns out that 99 per cent of BC Hydro customers have taken

the smart meters, while the rest – a mixture, it seems, of the tinfoil-hat crowd and chem-trail chasers – have opted to pay more than $400 to keep the old analog meters. Bill Vander Zalm is one of their champions, but he failed to find anywhere near the success he had fighting the HST. And now a new year is about to begin and more issues will emerge that I’ll try to navigate, likely with mixed success. For example, what will be the result of the TransLink referendum?

Who will win the NDP leadership race (assuming someone actually runs for the job)? Will Premier Christy Clark make any mistakes that seriously erode her popularity? As always, it will be a busy year in B.C. politics. And I look forward to trying to read the tea leaves, hopefully with much success. At least there is no provincial election on the horizon!

Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global BC Keith.Baldrey@globalnews.ca

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Candy canes to my little man, Dean, for always being able to put a smile on my face. Whether it’s Halloween songs or Christmas carols, your enthusiasm for music (complete with dance moves) light up all of my days. Keep on rockin! A candy cane for the security guard who I see every morning on my way to work. Your smile and polite greeting are a welcome touch of civility. Huge bags of coal to the people who use the Delview Park off-leash and don’t pick up after their dogs. I picked up seven bags full at 1 p.m. on Dec. 15 and then 5 more at 1 p.m. on Dec. 18 and I am furious! Always follow your dog, and if you are there after sunset, bring a flashlight. I do not want my dogs, Lucy and Joey, getting worms or illnesses from stepping in your dog’s leavings. Smarten up! Coal to all the girls who wear leggings as pants. Candy canes to all who donated Christmas gifts to children in need this year. My family has sponsored an in-need family this holiday, in lieu of gifts to one another, and it has reminded us all what this season should be about. It’s been amazing to see my four-year-old son excited to buy gifts for other children who don’t have the luxuries he has. Merry Christmas to all, and if you are financially able, I hope you will consider sponsoring a family in need next Christmas. All the coal in the world to the eighth graders

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couple of hours, I inhaled pieces of stollen (a German Christmas bread made with nuts, dried fruit and, preferably, a ribbon of marzipan) and dreamed of items on my gift wish list. On the slushy drive home, the anticipation grew, and my older siblings could sense it. “You’re getting a Tommy Talker doll!” my eldest brother Juergen exclaimed, riffing on a joke of his that lasted several Decembers in a row, unfortunately, because of my given name. I probably began to cry a little that night, because no, I definitely did not want a Tommy Talker puppet for Christmas. As the Maverick pulled into the carport, I actually wasn’t all that excited, given the results of my pre-trip exploration under the tree. I closed the car door, walked up the stairs to the living room and BAM! There it was, a new train set, with only a bow and my name on it, from Santa. I was thrilled, and my mind raced with questions: How? When? WHO? In that moment, I believed, and it was magical. Tom Zillich, arts and entertainment editor at the ‘Now’

Here are some of the stories we’ve heard A MEMORABLE LIGHT DISPLAY December 2004: After hours of hard labour in the cold, I was all set. The alternating green and red lights along with cascading icicles were hanging beautifully. The moment of truth – I plug it in. Simultaneously, the whole neighbourhood goes dark – I mean, poweroutage dark. Street lights, houses and businesses alike were all without power. I run into the house and hide, just in case... My wife asks me, “What did you do Clark Griswold?” I have no clue, but I’m still hiding, wondering what I had done wrong. Turns out that a car had ran into a utility pole a few blocks away, knocking the power off for over 200 residences and shops.... In life, timing is everything! On behalf of the Surrey RCMP, may you all have the merriest and safest of holidays. Cpl. Bert Paquet, Surrey RCMP

THE BEST GIFT EVER The best Christmas present that will always stick out in my memory was a guitar. It was a black Yamaha acoustic that my parents gave me. I would have been around 10 years old at the time. Little did I know at that time, playing that instrument would one day become a career for me. That guitar – and the ones I’ve owned since then – have been with me at good and bad times; they’ve seen celebrations and have also helped me through some tough times. I’ll never forget that first guitar that set me out on a life-long journey. Pat Chessell, musician

QUEST FOR A “REAL” BABY JESUS It was the Christmas of 2010. Crossroads United Church was a new congregation, without long-standing traditions. But we wanted a real live baby in the manger on Christmas Eve. We had toddlers, but no infant contenders for the role of Jesus. Then the penny dropped: Amarjit and Surjit had just had a new baby girl. Amarjit would be playing tabla along with our multi-instrumentalist, Bruce, and the band. Would our Sikh friends be willing to take

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‘Now’ sports editor Michael Booth still has his favourite childhood Christmas present. In the spring of 1970, Ken Dryden backstopped the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup. Just eight at the time, Booth watched every game and was hooked on the Habs for life. The following Christmas, he received the best Christmas present: his very own Montreal Canadiens jersey. The sacred flannel is now 43-years-old and bears testament to a bygone era: the label reveals the knit jersey was made in Canada. (Photo: JACOB ZINN) the roles of Joseph and Mary? The answer was a gracious, “yes” – and the interfaith relationship has continued to grow from that moment of its “birth” at Crossroads. Post-script: Amarjit and his family will be attending worship at Crossroads on Christmas Eve this year at 6 and 9 p.m. Amarjit will again play tabla, his colleague Baljit will play dilruba, and little Bhargavi, who just turned three, will take part in this year’s pageant, in a different role. For more information, see www.crossroads-united-church.ca. Rev. Cari Copeman-Haynes, Minister of Crossroads United Church

THE MAGIC OF SANTA My parents moved to Canada in the mid1950s and brought with them the German tradition of opening gifts on Christmas Eve, as opposed to Christmas morning. It was great, of course, because while my friends

had to wait an additional 12 hours to open their gifts, I enjoyed the luxury of eating a nice dinner and then ripping into packages containing a Tonka truck, table-hockey game or whatever else was in the toy section of that year’s Sears Christmas catalogue. This Christmas Eve tradition, however, played havoc with my belief in Santa Claus. Like, when the heck did he deliver the presents to my house? It was something I couldn’t figure out and, at around eight years of age, I began to question the whole thing of gifts “from Santa” appearing under the tree of our humble home in Aldergrove. Early one evening, before we all piled into my parents’ blue Ford Maverick for the quick trip to my grandmother’s apartment for a post-dinner visit, I made sure no gifts under the tree had my name on them. I double-checked it. Triple-checked, even. Nothing. I even made sure I was the last one to leave the house, or so I thought. So we drove away and, for the next

My answer to this question covers a twofold gift from my wife. It all began at my workplaces over years gone by. Other workers heard me singing out loud while at work and in my first job they nicknamed me Maria because I always operatically sang the phrase “Ave Maria” out very loudly. One of the workers said I had a gift, don’t waste it. Normally you brush something like that off, but he had a degree in music from UBC. I left that line of work and moved to another. I continued my singing out loud antics and yet another employee in the new line of work said I had a gift. He too was a UBC music student. Another person on afternoons called me Pavarroti. Anyway, a class for “Love to Sing” came up at the Surrey Arts Centre in Bear Creek Park. My wife signed me up for $50 for five two-hour lessons and after the first lesson she asked for feedback and my answer to her was: This is my 60th birthday and it’s the best gift I ever received in my entire life. Tears ran down her cheeks and she knows she made my dream come true. After finishing level one, I was able to do level two as my Christmas present from my wife. At the end of this level we performed as a group to sing Christmas songs in an old folks home on 102nd Avenue in Surrey. Another dream come true for me to be able to sing Christmas songs in a group. The best part of it all is I love doing it and I feel fantastic doing it so thank you so much my darling wife Barbara! Raymond Daraska


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’Tis the season for Christmas lights - and we want to see your best. We’ve had quite a few submissions, but we want to see them all! We asked you to send us photos of your decorated home – along with your address, so others may enjoy them as well – and here they are:

*Thousands of bulbs and dozens of ornaments go into an annual display at the Kinna family’s home in Cloverdale at 16956 60A Ave. From reindeer on the rooftop to penguins wearing bow ties, they’ve pretty much got it all. Now in its seventh year, the family is collecting donations for incubators for the Neonatal Intesive Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital. See the lights for yourself, Sunday to Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and extended hours until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, through to Jan. 5. And ask Jay for a candy cane - he likes handing them out.

*Every night from 6 to 10 p.m. until Jan. 1 you may walk through or just drive past to enjoy the sights at 15097 90A Ave. There are over 10,000 lights as well as the North Pole and nativity scene. On Dec. 21 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Santa and Frosty will be on site to visit with candy canes for the kids and coffee, hot chocolate for the grownups.

*The Lagerstroms’ Lightup 2013, at 15466 91A Ave., Surrey, runs Sundays to Thursdays from 5 to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 5 to 11 p.m.; Christmas and Boxing Day 5 p.m. to midnight; and New Year’s Eve 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. As usual, the family is accepting donations for Camp Goodtimes. Info at lightup.ca.

*2013 Christmas lights at the Emery House at 14920 83A Ave., Surrey. The display includes 108 plug-ins, a snowman and flashing candy canes.

The Lagerstroms’ Lightup is at 15466 91A Ave. in Surrey. Note, this photo is from last year’s display.

*Check out the Gaucher display at 11084 153A St., Surrey. There are many Disney characters along with Santa and his reindeer, snowmen and more. *We’re told there is a “hidden” light display at the Peace Arch RV Park, at 14601 40th Ave., Surrey. “It’s a must see at night for all to appreciate, it really looks awesome, you must drive into the park to view them.” Turn west on 40th Avenue from 152nd Street or east off of King George Boulevard. *The Flathen home at 18279 Claytonwood Cres., Surrey has “thousands, probably tens of thousands of lights with our Christmas display.” *The Haggarty home at 16559 93A Ave., Surrey, “has thousands of lights displayed over this corner lot in Surrey with Santa, his sleigh and all his reindeer. Come by to see

The Mussato family have an outstanding display at 11548 86A Ave. in Delta.

if you can name them all.” The house will be lit from 6:30 to 10 p.m. each night until Jan 1. Donations to the BC Hydro fund are welcome.

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*Bob and Maureen Mussato, at 11548 86A Ave., Delta, have a “wonderful bright light Christmas display of thousands of lights and also lawn ornaments. Come see this display and we promise you will be feeling a lot like Christmas.” *The Lambert House has done it again at 11082 Jay Cres. in Surrey with over 10,000 lights all computerized to music. The shows run 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday every half hour on the hour and are also broadcast on 89.1 FM.

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*The Morrall family loves decorating their home each year and have kept up the tradition after moving into Clayton Heights. Their dazzling display at 6537 193rd St. is typically on from 5 to 10 p.m. each night, and from 5 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 24, 25 and 31.

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*The house at 14380 66th Ave. in Surrey has more than 5,000 LED lights and a 12foot-tall light tree.

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*The Watkins house, at 15837 95A Ave., is coming together. The uniform colour scheme makes a statement.

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*Check out the winter wonderland at 10122 Helen Dr. And courtesy of our sister paper, the Delta Optimist has compiled a list of notable ligh displays in South Delta:

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Jolly old St. Nick Above, while many children have varied memories of their earliest visits with Santa, their parents often do, with great glee. Above, a young boy named Dean is less than thrilled with his first meeting with the man in red. Left, a reader submitted an outstanding photo of Santa.

This is Keira, who just turned two. Her mom said she is in love with Santa, but when it came to sitting on his lap she wanted nothin to do with it. “She kicked and screamed but while I was there I said, ‘K, just hold her and get a pic.’ When I took her off she said so quietly, ‘I’m scared.’ I told her he’s not scary, you love Santa.” He have her a candy cane, she highfived him and said, “Bye Santa, I love you.”

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A Christmas family reunion will stretch into the New Year for one Surrey clan. After spending the better part of two years on the sidelines, Cheryl Windhorst will be reviving her collegiate volleyball career by joining her younger sister Rachel on the court with the St. Mary’s Huskies in Nova Scotia. “I haven’t played sports or anything for the last two years; I’ve just been working and trying to find my way,” Cheryl, 23, explained. “When this opportunity came up, it just felt right. It’s like I’m finishing something I started. Everyone I know played a full five years and now I’m going to get my fifth year, too. And to be able to do it playing with Rachel — that’s just the best.” The Windhorst sisters are both graduates of Surrey Christian School — although Cheryl rightfully points out she graduated when the school was known as Fraser Valley Christian. Cheryl was a provincial all-star while helping the Falcons to four appearances in the class AA provincial tournament. After graduating, Cheryl played for four years at Simon Fraser University while earning a degree in psychology and counselling. Rachel, 18, also made her mark on the volleyball court at Surrey Christian with three provincial all-star nods as a power hitter plus a B.C. AA championship banner when she was in Grade 10. In 2012, Cheryl was the head coach of the Falcons as they advanced to the semifinal round before settling for a fourth-place finish. After high school, Rachel opted to head east for college and she enrolled at St. Mary’s in September. “I wanted to go on an adventure,” she said. “I have a sister going to school in New Brunswick (at Mount Allison University) so that made the idea of going way out there a little easier because she would be nearby. I wanted to try something new and I knew St.

Despite a five-year gap in their ages, Cheryl (left) and Rachel Windhorst will be playing volleyball together for the first time with the St. Mary’s Huskies. (Photo: KEVIN HILL) Mary’s has a good volleyball program so I thought it would be a good fit. The distance has been a problem and the team has been very supportive of me, but I’m definitely looking forward to having my sister there.” In early October, a spot opened up on the Huskies roster and the coach asked the players if they knew of any young players who would be available. Rachel replied she

didn’t know of a younger player, but she definitely knew of an older one who could help. When Rachel added that her older sister not only had eligibility remaining, but was also an experienced middle blocker, the coach’s response was short and sweet: “Call her, call her.” Cheryl picks up the story: “I got the text

from Rachel right at Thanksgiving dinner and our whole extended family was there — aunts and uncles and cousins. I showed the text to my aunt and right away she said I had to do it. Then everybody else jumped in and they were all super supportive — they all said I had to do it. I talked with my parents (Luke and Nell) about it afterward and they agreed it was definitely something I had to think about.” Cheryl liked the idea, but still had one important detail to work out. “The most difficult thing for me was knowing that this (St. Mary’s) is Rachel’s team because she was there first,” Cheryl said. “For me the tough decision was whether I should go there when it’s her thing. Once we figured that out and how it would work between us, then I was good to go. It was a super easy decision for me then.” Cheryl will be winging her way east to Halifax with her sister to play her final semester of college volleyball. In four years at SFU, Cheryl’s teams never reached the conference or national championship rounds, but the Huskies are in position to make a deep post-season run. One of the key players on St. Mary’s is Rachel, who has already been tagged as a freshman to watch in Canadian University Sport this season. Because of the gap in their ages, the Windhorst sister’s have never played on the same team together. In January they will both be wearing the maroon uniforms of the Huskies and the potential for success is exciting. “It’s extremely special for both of us,” Cheryl said. “Our whole family is competitive and we’ve all had our hands in volleyball, but Rachel and I are the ones who have taken it the farthest. I’m really excited to share in that experience with her because we both have that passion and love for the game. “I’m looking forward to what we’re going to build on the court playing side by side. We will be able to share that for the rest of our lives; we will always have that one semester together.” $

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Left, Alicia Olson with her awardwinning ugly Christmas sweater, complete with Santa face. Above, the Matthews family takes “deck the halls” to a new level, and, right, two young boys get a kick out of the ironic holiday habit, even if their sweaters are a tad large for them. Below right, Lauren Szlovicsak sent in images of the fronts and backs of these ugly sweater entries.

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GUILDFORD — Not many people can say they’ve worked with someone as talented as Billy Bob Thornton, but Surrey actor Brett Kelly can – and he was only eight years old. Kelly’s claim to fame is his role in the 2003 anti-Christmas comedy Bad Santa, starring Billy Bob Thornton as a hard-drinking, foul-mouthed mall Santa named Willie, with Tony Cox as his elfish dwarf sidekick named Marcus. Now at its 10th anniversary, the film has become something of a cult Christmas classic. “Filming Bad Santa was really where I learned everything that I knew at that point about movies,” said Kelly, now 20. “That was really the first big thing that I had done.” In the movie, Willie and Marcus spread half-assed holiday cheer at an Arizona shopping mall until it closes on Christmas Eve, at which point they rob the place blind and

lay low for the next 11 months before hitting another mall in another state. Kelly portrayed Thurman Merman, a lovable loser who befriends Willie. Merman’s kindness even prompts the selfish, surly Willie to think of someone else for once by the end of the 90minute gutbuster. While Kelly doesn’t remember much from filming the movie, but he does recall the first impression he got from reading the R-rated script. “I was running lines with my dad because I had to go for my first audition,” he said. “The first time he said a line like, ‘What the F are you doing?’ I just couldn’t stop laughing, I couldn’t read my lines, I was just rolling around on the ground laughing. “I’d heard my parents swear before that a little bit, but not sustained like that. We all found it pretty funny.” Kelly said he frequently gets asked about hearing so many

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my favourite things to do.” While filming the movie was surreal, Kelly said its longevity caught a lot of people off guard. “I don’t think anyone on the set really had any expectations for what it’s kind of become, where people are always talking about it every Christmas and you always see it on TV every year,” he said. “For it to turn out the way it has has been a pleasant surprise.” Since his last role working alongside Adrien Brody in the 2010 stoner comedy High School, Kelly has taken a break from the silver screen to pursue a degree from UBC’s Sauder School of Business, though he’d like to get back into acting once he graduates. And if the rumours are true, there could be a sequel to his big break from 10 years ago. “I’ve heard some rumblings all over the internet with Billy talking, but I haven’t heard anything for sure,” he said. “I’d definitely be interested.”

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s the year draws to a close, it’s time to take stock of things I’ve put in this column for the last 52 weeks. Things like predictions and forecasts – you know, activities that can make me look like a genius or an utter fool! It can be challenging to go out on a limb fairly regularly in such a public way, and open myself to humiliation and contempt, or deepseated admiration (this, trust me, rarely occurs). But it makes my email more interesting. In any event, let’s look back at some of my track record:

Wrong: the NDP would win the spring provincial election. Might as well get this major gaffe out of the way right at the start. Like pretty well every other columnist, reporter, pundit, etc. (with the notable exception of fellow North Shore News columnist Trevor Lautens) I predicted an NDP cakewalk to victory.

I should have stuck to my original take on the election result, made shortly after both parties’ leadership contests. At a business conference, I held up a newspaper photo of a beaming Christy Clark and one of an uncomfortable looking Adrian Dix, and boldly predicted the smiling, confident Clark would wipe the floor with Dix. Then those darn polls started to appear.... Right: the Green Party would elect an MLA during the election. Well, at least I got something right about that contest. Andrew Weaver won, as I expected, in Oak Bay-Gordon Head. Driving around that riding a week before election day I noted how I had never seen more campaign signs for a single candidate on peoples’ lawns. Boulevards are public spaces, but private lawns? Those are earned, dedicated votes. Wrong: the so-called “ethnic memo” scandal would hurt the B.C. Liberals in the election. The scheme that saw tax dollars mixed up with doing blatant partisan work for the B.C. Liberal party mattered not a whit with voters. That suggests voters may hold

the cynical view that all political parties are guilty of such things and end up not giving any party an advantage on the issue (this may mean the Senate expense scandal seemingly dogging the Harper government may not be a major factor that determines the outcome of the next federal election). In any event, the B.C. Liberals ended up doing much better than the NDP when it came to winning support of the ethnic community vote in the election. Right: BC Hydro rates would increase significantly. Anyone with basic knowledge of the energy issue could see the inevitability of this. But with an election hovering over the politicians for a lengthy time, none of them (from either major party) wanted to

admit that or even talk about such a thing. But the day of reckoning has come, and rates are indeed going up. Wrong: it was going to be impossible for the provincial government to balance its budget, as tabled back in February. I may be a tad premature here, as the final numbers won’t be known for a few months yet. But it appears that halfway through the year, Finance Minister Mike de Jong may indeed balance the books, albeit on the proverbial razor’s edge. He’s been able to hold the line on spending, and there may enough of a built-in cushion (called the “forecast allowance”) to offset any significant decline in revenue. Right: the smart-meter protest was a lot of noise about nothing. It turns out that 99 per cent of BC Hydro customers have taken

the smart meters, while the rest – a mixture, it seems, of the tinfoil-hat crowd and chem-trail chasers – have opted to pay more than $400 to keep the old analog meters. Bill Vander Zalm is one of their champions, but he failed to find anywhere near the success he had fighting the HST. And now a new year is about to begin and more issues will emerge that I’ll try to navigate, likely with mixed success. For example, what will be the result of the TransLink referendum?

Who will win the NDP leadership race (assuming someone actually runs for the job)? Will Premier Christy Clark make any mistakes that seriously erode her popularity? As always, it will be a busy year in B.C. politics. And I look forward to trying to read the tea leaves, hopefully with much success. At least there is no provincial election on the horizon!

Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global BC Keith.Baldrey@globalnews.ca

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couple of hours, I inhaled pieces of stollen (a German Christmas bread made with nuts, dried fruit and, preferably, a ribbon of marzipan) and dreamed of items on my gift wish list. On the slushy drive home, the anticipation grew, and my older siblings could sense it. “You’re getting a Tommy Talker doll!” my eldest brother Juergen exclaimed, riffing on a joke of his that lasted several Decembers in a row, unfortunately, because of my given name. I probably began to cry a little that night, because no, I definitely did not want a Tommy Talker puppet for Christmas. As the Maverick pulled into the carport, I actually wasn’t all that excited, given the results of my pre-trip exploration under the tree. I closed the car door, walked up the stairs to the living room and BAM! There it was, a new train set, with only a bow and my name on it, from Santa. I was thrilled, and my mind raced with questions: How? When? WHO? In that moment, I believed, and it was magical. Tom Zillich, arts and entertainment editor at the ‘Now’

Here are some of the stories we’ve heard A MEMORABLE LIGHT DISPLAY December 2004: After hours of hard labour in the cold, I was all set. The alternating green and red lights along with cascading icicles were hanging beautifully. The moment of truth – I plug it in. Simultaneously, the whole neighbourhood goes dark – I mean, poweroutage dark. Street lights, houses and businesses alike were all without power. I run into the house and hide, just in case... My wife asks me, “What did you do Clark Griswold?” I have no clue, but I’m still hiding, wondering what I had done wrong. Turns out that a car had ran into a utility pole a few blocks away, knocking the power off for over 200 residences and shops.... In life, timing is everything! On behalf of the Surrey RCMP, may you all have the merriest and safest of holidays. Cpl. Bert Paquet, Surrey RCMP

THE BEST GIFT EVER The best Christmas present that will always stick out in my memory was a guitar. It was a black Yamaha acoustic that my parents gave me. I would have been around 10 years old at the time. Little did I know at that time, playing that instrument would one day become a career for me. That guitar – and the ones I’ve owned since then – have been with me at good and bad times; they’ve seen celebrations and have also helped me through some tough times. I’ll never forget that first guitar that set me out on a life-long journey. Pat Chessell, musician

QUEST FOR A “REAL” BABY JESUS It was the Christmas of 2010. Crossroads United Church was a new congregation, without long-standing traditions. But we wanted a real live baby in the manger on Christmas Eve. We had toddlers, but no infant contenders for the role of Jesus. Then the penny dropped: Amarjit and Surjit had just had a new baby girl. Amarjit would be playing tabla along with our multi-instrumentalist, Bruce, and the band. Would our Sikh friends be willing to take

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THE MAGIC OF SANTA My parents moved to Canada in the mid1950s and brought with them the German tradition of opening gifts on Christmas Eve, as opposed to Christmas morning. It was great, of course, because while my friends

had to wait an additional 12 hours to open their gifts, I enjoyed the luxury of eating a nice dinner and then ripping into packages containing a Tonka truck, table-hockey game or whatever else was in the toy section of that year’s Sears Christmas catalogue. This Christmas Eve tradition, however, played havoc with my belief in Santa Claus. Like, when the heck did he deliver the presents to my house? It was something I couldn’t figure out and, at around eight years of age, I began to question the whole thing of gifts “from Santa” appearing under the tree of our humble home in Aldergrove. Early one evening, before we all piled into my parents’ blue Ford Maverick for the quick trip to my grandmother’s apartment for a post-dinner visit, I made sure no gifts under the tree had my name on them. I double-checked it. Triple-checked, even. Nothing. I even made sure I was the last one to leave the house, or so I thought. So we drove away and, for the next

My answer to this question covers a twofold gift from my wife. It all began at my workplaces over years gone by. Other workers heard me singing out loud while at work and in my first job they nicknamed me Maria because I always operatically sang the phrase “Ave Maria” out very loudly. One of the workers said I had a gift, don’t waste it. Normally you brush something like that off, but he had a degree in music from UBC. I left that line of work and moved to another. I continued my singing out loud antics and yet another employee in the new line of work said I had a gift. He too was a UBC music student. Another person on afternoons called me Pavarroti. Anyway, a class for “Love to Sing” came up at the Surrey Arts Centre in Bear Creek Park. My wife signed me up for $50 for five two-hour lessons and after the first lesson she asked for feedback and my answer to her was: This is my 60th birthday and it’s the best gift I ever received in my entire life. Tears ran down her cheeks and she knows she made my dream come true. After finishing level one, I was able to do level two as my Christmas present from my wife. At the end of this level we performed as a group to sing Christmas songs in an old folks home on 102nd Avenue in Surrey. Another dream come true for me to be able to sing Christmas songs in a group. The best part of it all is I love doing it and I feel fantastic doing it so thank you so much my darling wife Barbara! Raymond Daraska


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A Christmas family reunion will stretch into the New Year for one Surrey clan. After spending the better part of two years on the sidelines, Cheryl Windhorst will be reviving her collegiate volleyball career by joining her younger sister Rachel on the court with the St. Mary’s Huskies in Nova Scotia. “I haven’t played sports or anything for the last two years; I’ve just been working and trying to find my way,” Cheryl, 23, explained. “When this opportunity came up, it just felt right. It’s like I’m finishing something I started. Everyone I know played a full five years and now I’m going to get my fifth year, too. And to be able to do it playing with Rachel — that’s just the best.” The Windhorst sisters are both graduates of Surrey Christian School — although Cheryl rightfully points out she graduated when the school was known as Fraser Valley Christian. Cheryl was a provincial all-star while helping the Falcons to four appearances in the class AA provincial tournament. After graduating, Cheryl played for four years at Simon Fraser University while earning a degree in psychology and counselling. Rachel, 18, also made her mark on the volleyball court at Surrey Christian with three provincial all-star nods as a power hitter plus a B.C. AA championship banner when she was in Grade 10. In 2012, Cheryl was the head coach of the Falcons as they advanced to the semifinal round before settling for a fourth-place finish. After high school, Rachel opted to head east for college and she enrolled at St. Mary’s in September. “I wanted to go on an adventure,” she said. “I have a sister going to school in New Brunswick (at Mount Allison University) so that made the idea of going way out there a little easier because she would be nearby. I wanted to try something new and I knew St.

Despite a five-year gap in their ages, Cheryl (left) and Rachel Windhorst will be playing volleyball together for the first time with the St. Mary’s Huskies. (Photo: KEVIN HILL) Mary’s has a good volleyball program so I thought it would be a good fit. The distance has been a problem and the team has been very supportive of me, but I’m definitely looking forward to having my sister there.” In early October, a spot opened up on the Huskies roster and the coach asked the players if they knew of any young players who would be available. Rachel replied she

didn’t know of a younger player, but she definitely knew of an older one who could help. When Rachel added that her older sister not only had eligibility remaining, but was also an experienced middle blocker, the coach’s response was short and sweet: “Call her, call her.” Cheryl picks up the story: “I got the text

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