Langley light display is a gift for mom and neighbours

Christmas lights can be charming and enchanting, and for 75-year-old Betty Robinson, almost medicinal.

The resident of Cedar Creek Estates mobile home park had triple bypass surgery in October so recuperation meant taking it easy, and that meant not doing up the house for Christmas.

Last year her son, Mike, strung a few lights outside to add festive cheer for her first Christmas renting the small caretakers house in the park.

This year he decided he would pick up where he left off, adding lots more lights to her yard.

“I really did not know what to expect,” she said.

So on Sunday afternoons for several weeks, he’s travelled from his home in Mission to work on the house and visit with family, ensuring he’s here at dusk so he could turn on the display and decide on his next additions.

The result is a cheerful display that brightens the dark.

Mike, who works at a sausage making firm, even custom fabricated metal poles to hold white stars that look like they are floating above the house, shed and yard, which are all decorated.

The yard is visible to everyone who enters the park on 200th Street and has inspired other residents to go the extra mile in their yard decorating.

“I have a couple of friends who said “Just you wait’,” she said.

Even the recent wind storms somehow didn’t spoil the holiday spirit of the light display which escaped relatively unscathed. And Mike is thinking about future displays.

“He’s already saying ‘Wait til you see what I’m doing next year’,” Betty chuckled.

Mike has noticed many of the residents of the mobile home park do a lot of walking, and putting up the Christmas lights have given him a chance to chat with many of them and even get the occasional helping hand.

In addition to decorating for his mother, Mike said he did the work to provide cheer to her neighbours, a way for the family to say thanks to the other residents.

After the death of her husband, financial hardship and health issues, Betty was finally able to settle into the small house in the mobile home park.

Being welcomed by the neighbours and feeling that sense of community was like a tonic for Betty.

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