Christmas

Choral Society members smile for the camera during a break from singing at Grand Forks’ Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Fenn

Grand Forks Choral Society to stage Christmas Comeback

Screening to feature virtual Christmas concert, a capella performances

 

Visitors take photos in Toronto’s Distillery District, on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Almost half of Canadians plan to abandon social distancing during holiday gatherings and hug, kiss and shake hands with friends and family, a poll shows. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

45 per cent prepared to ditch social distancing at holiday gatherings: poll

Only 35 per cent said they would invite someone who is not fully vaccinated into their home

 

(L-R) Grand Forks Realty’s Aaron Anthony, Taya Foss, Vanessa Favell, James Kereiff, Cindy Anthony, Erica McCluney, Ken Dodds, Pete Vanjoff, James Tyler, Logan Melville and Leanne Babcock pose for a photo at their office at 272 Central Ave Wednesday, Nov. 17. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks Realty set to deliver another Christmas toy drive

Toys for Kids has been an office tradition since 2017

 

Darrell Hardy has co-ordinated
 the Christmas Hamper Program 
for three years. 
Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks’ Christmas hamper program taking applications

Program co-ordinator says more people are accessing the program, year-after-year

Darrell Hardy has co-ordinated
 the Christmas Hamper Program 
for three years. 
Photo: Laurie Tritschler
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Give your Christmas tree back to the wild by leaving it outside: nature conservancy

The trees can be a great benefit to local wildlife

  • Dec 29, 2020
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Grand Forks’ Gallery 2 hosted the Festival of Trees Dec. 14 — 19. File photo

Gallery 2 hosts 2020’s Festival of Trees

The auction raised over $2,500 for local food programs

Grand Forks’ Gallery 2 hosted the Festival of Trees Dec. 14 — 19. File photo
(The Canadian Press)
(The Canadian Press)
Sparke the Christmas Light’s mysterious backstory has been revealed after the creator Donald Shupe reached out to The News.

Do you remember Sparkle the Christmas Light?

Creator of popular 80s/90s light discusses item’s origin, wants to see it revived

Sparke the Christmas Light’s mysterious backstory has been revealed after the creator Donald Shupe reached out to The News.
(Pixabay, illustration)

Where’s Santa? NORAD is tracking the jolly old man around the globe this Christmas

As with all things, the Santa tracker will look a little different this year

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The Edmilao family, including Apollo and his younger brother, Francis, moved to Canada in the 1970s. (Edmilao family/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Code Name: Big Red – B.C. soldier with NORAD helps Santa get around the globe safely

The annual NORAD Tracks Santa program features a soldier who grew up in Langley

The Edmilao family, including Apollo and his younger brother, Francis, moved to Canada in the 1970s. (Edmilao family/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
From the left: Grand Forks Credit Union’s Tracy Noseworthy and Angie Hanlon present Boundary Community Food Bank President Mike Wakelin a $3,000 check Friday, Dec. 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks businesses donate thousands to food bank

Money will go toward next year’s food purchases

From the left: Grand Forks Credit Union’s Tracy Noseworthy and Angie Hanlon present Boundary Community Food Bank President Mike Wakelin a $3,000 check Friday, Dec. 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Canada’s chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam chats with Santa Claus on Zoom in December 2020. (Twitter)

VIDEO: Santa Claus cleared for arrival in Canada

The jolly old fellow is an essential worker

Canada’s chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam chats with Santa Claus on Zoom in December 2020. (Twitter)
Santa flying with BC EHS to visit hospitals around B.C. on Dec. 22, 2020. (BC EHS/Twitter)

Nothing stops Santa from bringing joy to sick children – even with pandemic protocols

Santa sent gifts to Victoria General, Surrey Memorial, Royal Columbian and Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

  • Dec 22, 2020
Santa flying with BC EHS to visit hospitals around B.C. on Dec. 22, 2020. (BC EHS/Twitter)
Grand Forks’ Choral Society put out four Christmas choral performances for seniors unable to have visitors due to COVID-19 restrictions. Choristers and producer Gary Cuthbert brought the choir to seniors’ care homes and the city at large by digitally combining 21-part harmonies for each performance. Video shared by Gary Cuthbert, Musical Director Kirsten Rezansoff and everyone at the Grand Forks Choral Society.

WATCH: GF Choral Society sings “In the Bleak Midwinter”

The song is the third of four digital performances the society released for Grand Forks’ seniors

Grand Forks’ Choral Society put out four Christmas choral performances for seniors unable to have visitors due to COVID-19 restrictions. Choristers and producer Gary Cuthbert brought the choir to seniors’ care homes and the city at large by digitally combining 21-part harmonies for each performance. Video shared by Gary Cuthbert, Musical Director Kirsten Rezansoff and everyone at the Grand Forks Choral Society.
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In this photo provided by the California Highway Patrol, a man dressed as Santa Claus who was flying on a powered parachute on his way to deliver candy canes to children is seen stuck on power lines in Rio Linda, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. The man was rescued uninjured. The incident happened shortly after the man took off near a school in Rio Linda and then hit and became suspended in power lines, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman told KCRA-TV. (California Highway Patrol via AP)

Man dressed as Santa rescued from power lines in California

Video from the rescue shows the aircraft dangling overhead as Santa sat fastened to the pilot seat

In this photo provided by the California Highway Patrol, a man dressed as Santa Claus who was flying on a powered parachute on his way to deliver candy canes to children is seen stuck on power lines in Rio Linda, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. The man was rescued uninjured. The incident happened shortly after the man took off near a school in Rio Linda and then hit and became suspended in power lines, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman told KCRA-TV. (California Highway Patrol via AP)
Community Christmas Hamper Program co-ordinator Darrell Hardy poses for a snap at the Gospel Chapel gym Wednesday, Dec. 16. Hardy has run the program for the past two years. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

PHOTOS: The Community Christmas Hamper Program giveaway in pictures

Over 100 people who qualified picked up food hampers and toys at the Gospel Chapel Wednesday, Dec. 16

Community Christmas Hamper Program co-ordinator Darrell Hardy poses for a snap at the Gospel Chapel gym Wednesday, Dec. 16. Hardy has run the program for the past two years. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
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*

The empty chair: Canadians face first Christmas without loved ones lost to COVID-19

Here are the stories of how Canadians who lost loved ones to COVID-19 are coping with Christmas grief

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)