Doug Chang’s home on the corner of 118 Street and 91 Avenue is nearly overflowing with inflatable decorations and dazzling lights. (James Smith photo)

Walking in North Delta’s winter wonderland

Resident Doug Chang has been creating festive displays in his front yard for eight years

For Doug Chang, the holiday season starts in November, when he begins to take lights and decorations out of storage.

By mid-December, he’s turned his North Delta home into a winter wonderland, complete with more than 40 inflatable holiday characters and thousands of Christmas lights.

“I can say one thing: you’re never finished,” Chang said, standing in front of his bedecked house on Dec. 14. “I’ll probably put … some more lights up today.”

It’s difficult to imagine where he’d put them. The eaves of his house feature traditional holiday lights, and his chimney holds a quaint “Merry Christmas” display. Snoopy and Santa Claus sit perched on motorcycles above his garage, while elf feet dangle from the back of his pickup truck. A 20-foot Santa looms over a plethora of smaller Santas at the edge of his house, and blow-up snowmen, Grinches, Scooby Doos and penguins fill either side of the twinkling Candy Cane lane.

SEE ALSO: MAP: Holiday magic washes over North Delta

“I try to put it all together so that I’m this tall,” Chang said, holding his hand down near his knee. “And when you look up, you get that maximum Christmas feel.”

(Editor’s note: Since the Reporter visited his home on Dec. 14th, Chang had added several more decorations, including a video projector and screen showing animated Christmas vignettes.)

Chang has been collecting his holiday decor since 2009, starting with four inflatable characters and a just few lights.

“I guess maybe it’s an addiction. I don’t know what it is,” he laughed.

“You just start collecting them.”

Over the years, Chang has amassed a collection that has filled up a large portion of his yard, and spilled over to his neighbours as well. It’s a lot of work to organize, but he doesn’t mind.

“That’s not relevant,” Chang said about the effort to put his decorations up. “It’s got nothing to do with how much time and effort it is. The rewards outweigh everything else.”

“It’s just a fun thing to do for me,” he said. “I really enjoy it when I see the smiles on the kids’ faces.”

“With everything that goes on around us nowadays, to put them in a little bit of a fantasy world when they come by here — it’s great.”

At 63, Chang isn’t sure exactly how many more years his festive scene will grace the corner of 118 Street and 91 Avenue.

“I don’t know when we’re going to downsize, I don’t know when I’m going to retire. It may only be a for a few more years. You never know,” he said.

But while Chang is still at his North Delta home, he’s going to continue to put up the elaborate holiday display every year. And when it does come time to leave, he said, “I’m sure that somebody in the neighbourhood is going to take the torch.”



grace.kennedy@northdeltareporter.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

 

In front of his garage, Doug Chang has set up a video projector, featuring Santa Claus and his sleigh, to entertain visiting kids. (James Smith photo)

One of Doug Chang’s favourite decorations is the shivering snowman, wearing a hat that says Baby its cold outside. (James Smith photo)

Just Posted

It’s election day in B.C. (Black Press files)
It’s Election Day in B.C.: Here’s what you need to know to vote

B.C.’s snap election has already broken records for advance voter turnout, mail-in ballots

B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau outlines her party's climate action platform at Nanaimo's Vancouver Island Conference Centre earlier this month. (News Bulletin file photo)
Green leader Furstenau declared victor in her home riding on Vancouver Island

Cowichan Valley voters elect freshly minted party leader for her second term

John Horgan has been re-elected the MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca. (File-Black Press)
Horgan trounces challengers to be re-elected in his Vancouver Island riding

MLA has represented constituency of Langford-Juan de Fuca and its predecessors since 2005

Sven Spichiger, Washington State Department of Agriculture managing entomologist, displays a canister of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a nest in a tree behind him Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists in Washington state discovered the first nest earlier in the week of so-called murder hornets in the United States and worked to wipe it out Saturday morning to protect native honeybees. Workers with the state Agriculture Department spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie tracking devices to Asian giant hornets, which can deliver painful stings to people and spit venom but are the biggest threat to honeybees that farmers depend on to pollinate crops. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Crews vacuum ‘murder hornets’ out of Washington nest, first-ever in U.S.

The nest found in the city of Blaine near the Canadian border is about the size of a basketball

Upgrades underway at the Sunnyside Reservoir, adjacent to Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest, raised concerns among some residents Tuesday (Oct. 20), however, stewards of the park say everything went off without a hitch. (Tracy Holmes photo)
‘No issue’ with South Surrey reservoir drainage, despite trail user concerns: urban forest steward

Forest visitor taken aback by ‘unprecedented flooding’ of trails

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry gives a daily briefing on COVID-19 cases at an almost empty B.C. Legislature press theatre in Victoria, B.C., on March 25, 2020. (Don Craig/B.C. government)
B.C. sees 223 new COVID-19 cases, now 2,009 active

Two new care home outbreaks in Surrey, Burnaby

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam responds to a question during a news conference Friday October 23, 2020 in Ottawa. Canada’s top physician says she fears the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths may increase in the coming weeks as the second wave continues to drive the death toll toward 10,000. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns severe illness likely to rise, trailing spike in COVID-19 cases

Average daily deaths from virus reached 23 over the past seven days, up from six deaths six weeks ago

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

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

BC Hydro map showing where power has been knocked out is dotted with over a dozen outages. (BC Hydro map screenshot)
Thousands without power in Lower Mainland on election day

One outage in Langley and Surrey is affecting over 4,000 customers

file
One dead after fiery crash near Agassiz

Agassiz RCMP report a 56-year-old man died Friday night

The possibility of the Canadian Premier League expanding to the Fraser Valley has been floated online. (Facebook photo)
Canadian Premier League possibly eyeing Fraser Valley expansion

Soccer league looking to add ninth team to the mix, B.C. markets potentially rumoured

Most Read