Bjorn Wejr putting in some necessary lighting work on the roof this season. (Special to The News)

Bjorn Wejr putting in some necessary lighting work on the roof this season. (Special to The News)

Christmas traditions: Maple Ridge man’s front lawn features more than 180 light-up statues

Bjorn Wejr travels as far as Tacoma, WA to add to his Christmas blow mold collection each year

Bjorn Wejr is carrying on a 25-year Christmas decorating tradition.

His father, Ross, used to love covering their front lawn in Surrey with Christmas blow molds.

The hard plastic statues which light up at night were a North American staple for many years, and the Wejr family can’t get enough of them.

From gingerbread men, carollers, and snowmen; to penguins, candles and candy canes, each mold is special.

“We would look for them wherever we can,” Wejr said, “Mostly garage sales and thrift stores.”

Many of the original companies that made the molds have gone out of business, so as the years pass, the statues have become collectors items.

The father and son even travel to Tacoma, Washington once a year for a big Christmas decorations swap meet to amass more of the festive figurines.

“I’ve been getting about 10-or-12 every year, and slowly over the last few years I’ve been taking over from my dad doing it.”

READ MORE: Pitt Meadows residents compete for best holiday lights display

Wejr moved into a house on Grace Street in Maple Ridge, and had his first child, Nicholas four years ago.

Having the space to decorate and the little guy to impress has encouraged him to outdo himself each year.

This season there are about 180 Christmas blow molds set up on his property.

“He loves it,” Wejr said of his son. “At night time, when they’re all lit up, he’ll spend 30 minutes to an hour walking around them.

“He’s kind of in awe of them,” Wejr said, “They’re about as big as him, so they must seem huge to him.”

Some of the molds are over 50 years old, and others were built in the early 1990s.

Nicholas’ favourite mold is a Tasmanian devil located next to the house’s chimney.

Wejr said his wife loves the Santa and reindeer, which finally made it onto the roof this year, while he is partial to a set of Disney molds that include Mickey, Minnie, and a rare Goofy figure.

“It’s really hard to find because nobody bought him. So for every 20 Mickey Mouses you see, there’s only one Goofy.”

The neighbours have been more invested each year too.

“The last few years, people have been telling me they like the display and commenting on where things are set up compared to previous years, but this year we’ve got so many people who have come up and said, ‘Thank you. Thank you for putting this up.”’

This display is located at 12435 Grace St. in Maple Ridge, near Blackstock Street.



ronan.p.odoherty@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

ChristmasMaple Ridge

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Bjorn’s dad, Ross’s days atop a roof are over, but he’s still quite useful at unravelling strings of lights. (Special to The News)

Bjorn’s dad, Ross’s days atop a roof are over, but he’s still quite useful at unravelling strings of lights. (Special to The News)

The Christmas blow molds have become collector’s pieces. (Special to The News)

The Christmas blow molds have become collector’s pieces. (Special to The News)

Just Posted

Ripy Jubbal of Abbotsford has received a 30-month jail sentence for the fraudulent use of credit cards and credit card data. (Facebook photo)
Abbotsford woman sentenced for $80K in fraudulent credit card purchases

Ripy Jubbal and spouse used identities of 19 different victims, court hears

A woman in the Harrison Mills area was attacked by a cougar on Tuesday, May 4. (File photo)
UPDATE: 2 cougars killed following attack in Harrison Mills

Attack victim remains in hospital in stable condition

....
Abbotsford graphic designer pitches Flyers rebrand for AHL team

Alex Svarez suggests new affiliate team turns back the clock and brings back Flyers moniker

Mike Haire, a former vice-principal at W. A. Fraser Middle School in Abbotsford, began court proceedings on Monday, May 3 in New Westminster for two child pornography offences.
Trial paused for former Abbotsford vice-principal charged with child porn

Judge reserves decision on admissibility of evidence against Mike Haire

Abbotsford’s Jake Virtanen is now under investigation from the Vancouver Police Department following sexual misconduct allegations. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Vancouver police investigating sexual misconduct claims against Canucks’ Jake Virtanen

Abbotsford native remains on leave with the Vancouver Canucks following recent allegations

Jose Marchand prepares Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination doses at a mobile clinic for members of First Nations and their partners, in Montreal, Friday, April 30, 2021. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is coming under fire after contradicting the advice Canadians have been receiving for weeks to take the first vaccine against COVID-19 that they’re offered. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Trudeau says he is glad he got AstraZeneca, vaccines are only way out of pandemic

‘The most important thing is to get vaccinated with the first vaccine offered to you’

Solar panels on a parking garage at the University of B.C. will be used to separate water into oxygen and hydrogen, the latter captured to supply a vehicle filling station. (UBC video)
UBC parkade project to use solar energy for hydrogen vehicles

Demonstration project gets $5.6M in low-carbon fuel credits

FILE – A student arrives at school as teachers dressed in red participate in a solidarity march to raise awareness about cases of COVID-19 at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. ‘should be able to’ offer 1st dose of COVID vaccine to kids 12+ by end of June: Henry

Health Canada authorized the vaccine for younger teens this morning

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
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

A woman wears a face mask and shield to curb the spread of COVID-19 while walking in North Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. CDC updates info, acknowledging small respiratory droplets can spread COVID-19

Large droplets, not aerosols had been fixture of public health messaging for many months

A picture of Shirley Ann Soosay was rendered from a postmortem photographer and circulated on social media. (DDP graphic)
B.C. genealogist key to naming murder victim in decades-old California cold case

In July 1980, Shirley Ann Soosay was raped and stabbed to death

Mary Kitagawa was born on Salt Spring Island and was seven years old when she was interned along with 22,000 B.C. residents in 1942. (B.C. government video)
B.C. funds health services for survivors of Japanese internment

Seniors describe legacy of World War II displacement

Meghan Gilley, a 35-year-old emergency room doctor and new mom was vaccinated from COVID-19 in January, while she was pregnant. She’s encouraging others to do the same. (Submitted)
‘The best decision’: B.C. mom encourages other pregnant women to get COVID-19 shot

Meghan Gilley, 35, delivered a healthy baby after being vaccinated against the virus while pregnant

Most Read