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All in a sleigh’s work

(COURTESY THERESA MCCOMBER)

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This past holiday season, as we all scrambled to adorn our homes with festive decorations to provide a feeling of comfort and familiarity, Kahnawa’kehró:non Theresa McComber had an idea.

During what she called, “pandemic cleaning,” McComber’s husband Alex came across an old sled in their house, traced back to 1956.

“I think my father might have made it. He and my brother carved wood,” she explained.

She would have used the sled at a mere eight months old, so although she doesn’t recall being out in the snow with it, she does remember seeing it in their basement throughout her childhood.

Fortunately, McComber’s niece Ali and her boyfriend Eddy Dickson started a creative enterprise, focusing on refurbishing furniture, among other services. McComber felt this would be a great opportunity to breathe life into this family heirloom that has been around for decades.

At first, she wanted the sled restored to its original wood colour, but they decided on an even better plan. Ali got to work, and sure enough, the well-loved, old piece transformed into a beautiful Christmas decoration. With Ali’s sharp and creative eye, she chose to paint the sled a merry red and accented the sides with delicate white snowflakes.

The freshly-restored artifact found a home, right in front of McComber’s tree. “It made Christmas a bit more comforting,” said McComber.

“It’s now an annual decoration that will be passed on to my children.”

Ali was very happy with the result of the sled. “She can take it out every year, for years to come, and always have the sleigh in the family,” she said.

A&E creations started in August, and their business has taken off. Between refurbishing furniture, home decorating, and creating original pieces, they have been working non-stop.

Adapting to the pandemic’s reality, they provide online consultation for home makeovers. For more information you can reach them on Instagram @aecreations2020, or A&E Creations on Facebook.

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Dear Readers:

As an essential service that is still open during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Eastern Door is fighting hard to keep news like this flowing, in our print product, though an online subscription at www.eastermdoor.com and here, for free, on our website and Facebook.

But when a large portion of our regular revenue has disappeared due to so many other businesses being closed, our circulation being affected by the same issue, and all of our specials canceled until the end of the year, we are looking for alternative ways to keep operations going, staff paid, and the paper out every Friday for you to enjoy.

Please consider a financial contribution to help us keep doing what we do best; telling the stories of our people in a contemporary medium – a solid, continuing archive that documents our cherished, shared history. Your kind donation will go to a newspaper that stands as the historical record, in-depth, informative and award-winning news; colourful stories, and a big boost to the local economy by employing 95 percent local workers.

Also, please consider subscribing to our e-edition, which comes out Thursday night, at www.easterndoor.com today, or pick up your copy Friday morning in Kahnawake, Kanesatake or Chateauguay. Akwesasne delivery has been suspended due to the pandemic and border issues.

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