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McKenzie-Sharland on Dominion

Acrylic and mixed media on birch cradleboard

14 x 18″

If I wasn’t running in a field, playing with kids or swimming at the YMCA, I was walking
somewhere in the neighbourhood because you were to be outside and not inside the house.

I remember this house vividly from when I was about six years old. One bright winter day, I was
walking home from St. Louis school and was passing this house. I heard the front door slam. To
my surprise, Santa Clause came down the steps with his cherry red suit and black sack over his
shoulders. He jumped into an old, long, beat-up Chevy car parked in front and roared away
down the street in the slush and snow. Now I know you’re thinking, Santa doesn’t drive a Chevy
car! Boy, shiver me timbers, can you imagine the shock? A six-year old kid finds that Santa was
living down the street, a mere one-half block away the whole time and nobody told me?

Throughout the Christmas season, every time I passed this house, I waited expectantly for Santa
to come out again from the house and find me standing there.

It took some maturity and time I suppose to realize my Santa was just a hired Santa for
Woolworth or Eaton’s department store.

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Dimensions 18 × 14 in