When a Sahali family returned home Christmas Eve, they discovered thieves had stolen their memories.
While a cellphone and four watches - including one given to Wade Stewart when he graduated - are missing, what hurts most is thousands of family photos.
Stewart said he had just backed up photos on a laptop, making it convenient for thieves to take both together.
"We just backed our hard drive up the day before. The backup and the computer were together."
Those photographs include two years worth of photos of his two-year-old son, Oliver.
"We've only got a few printed."
The laptop is an HP Pavilion G6 along with one accompanying one-terabyte Clickfree backup.
Thieves also ripped through a few children's gifts under the tree but left them behind.
Stewart said intruders appeared to gain entrance through a kitchen window that was jimmied open.
RCMP attended, taking fingerprints.
Stewart said he went around the neighbourhood and found discarded items, telling him he wasn't alone in being victimized.
"I went around (the neighbourhood) myself and found other things around our house and backpack down the way with things scattered," said Stewart.
It included papers from a suite in a nearby apartment building.
"Everyone is out for the holidays. (Reports) will start trickling in," he predicted.