July 16, 2021


by Emily Gruz - Jalya Writer

My name is Mona Sleiman and I’m the face behind Holiday Creations. I am based in Edmonton, Alberta. I make and sell clay ornaments, holiday décor tabletop pieces, wreaths and more. - Mona

When did you start your business? Was there something/someone who inspired you?

I started my business a few months ago, March to be exact. It all started for my love of decorating for Ramadan and Eid. Decorating gives such a nice, warm feeling and makes it an extra special time.

And since this Ramadan and Eid were going to feel and look different than previous years, due to COVID, I felt as though this was an opportunity for us to decorate and make this Ramadan/Eid as special as can be, not only for ourselves, but for our families as well.


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Would you say you reached all of your goals since you started or do you have more to achieve?

I have not yet reached all of my goals, there is so much more to accomplish. Nevertheless, I’m happy with what I have achieved so far.

What are the ups and downs when dealing with the Arab community?

Dealing with the Arab community has been a positive experience. We have a large Arab community and word of mouth travels fast. I am extremely grateful for the love and support I have received over the last few months. I was able to connect and build positive relationships with people I have never met before.


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What would you change if you had to do it all over again?

If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.

What challenges has Covid-19 brought to you and your business and how did you overcome them?

For the most part, COVID-19 has not affected my business. I work from home and purchase most of my supplies locally. However, some of my supplies/product are purchased online and COVID has impacted delivery times significantly.


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