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Wreath-making with local cedar and holly for parish Xmas Craft Fair was new experience for Mebbo Basvi, who is also about to enjoy her first Christmas in Canada. 

The Rev. Simbarashe Basvi, wife Mebbo, their daughter Nicole, and son Ivan, arrived from Zimbabwe last December 29 to await Rev. Basvi’s Installation as rector of St. David’s, Tsawwassen. 

Come November 20, the family will find COVID passports will get them, and all other fair-goers, to the Tsawwassen ‘Europe’ more quickly than a Government of Canada Passport to the EU! All the sooner to discover Bratwurst sausages sizzling on an outside grill, whiffs of hot coffee, and the smell-good aroma of traditional Stollen.   

Moving indoors, the enticing fragrance of freshly-cut cedar boughs at the narthex entrance, will be a sure hint that something Christmassy is afoot in the cul-de-sac of 51A Street. 

Heaps of joy for backyard bees, trees, vines and bushes that bear nature’s sweetest bounty, adding local honey, jams and jellies, to Saturday’s European-style Christmas Fair. 

And there is much more, including stalls displaying the work of parishioners who have knitted and stitched, made Christmas cards or ornaments, or collected and donated books, jewellery, and new-to-you treasures.

Purveyors at the home-baking table have all manner of kitchen edibles to attract the shopper intent on taking home ready-made baked goods or a jar of preserves. Jams, jellies, pickles and relish causes one to marvel at so much summer goodness captured within glass.

Saturday, 10am to 2pm at 1115 - 51A Street. 


  • Ngaire Meadows and Kim Klewchuk focused on task during recent evening of wreath-making for Nov 20 event
  • Mebbo Basvi was quick to apply her artistic skill to BC greenery at work bee for parish Xmas Fair

Photos: Sara Ciantar