An Ornament Shop and Peaceful New Beginnings after Christmas

Sitting and Sharing with SunnyGirl: A Blog

     It is 5 A.M., and I find myself here, alone in a quiet warehouse full of colorful holiday ornaments. The rattling sounds of the metal garage bay doors once were startling to me, but now are an unexpected source of comfort.  I am contemplating how I came to find myself here and wondering just where it is that I think I am going. I am full of gratitude and hope as I take notes in the leather bound journal given to me many years ago by a family member for a milestone birthday. 

     Last year, in life after Covid, I saw a job listing seeking seasonal handwriting help to personalize piggy banks and Christmas ornaments. The concept made me smile. Last year, I was in a completely different place in life. My only child had graduated from college: an empty nest. The idea of a temporary work gig and a little extra cash was intriguing. 

     Fast forward some 300 days and there I was again. This time it was the extra cash and laughter with former co-workers at this family-owned, small business that gave me a new purpose. And yes, as I have often joked, I’m getting paid instead of going to therapy while I figure out how my life will move forward. Like the decorative ornaments that hung just weeks ago on my Christmas tree, my future in this interim period hangs in the balance. 

     Real. Raw. Pure.

Sitting and Sharing treasured stories with SunnyGirl of My Ornament
One of SunnyGirl’s favorite mugs

     The milestones commemorated by the trinkets in these boxes are part of my story. There are graduation cap ornaments with dangling tassels, keepsakes to celebrate new babies that I shared with a friend at the births of his first grandson and granddaughter, a wedding car trinket with bride and groom that will certainly be an heirloom gift for a hopeful couple, and the treasured memorial heart with dove that I recently purchased for a dear friend at the death of her beloved mom.

     Here in the early morning stillness of this warehouse, I think of those people and times that brought me here to this moment. I remember sweet, green-eyed Quinn and the joy a petite 4 year old found in opening a box that held a personalized piggy bank colored with pink and purple butterflies, along with the sound of the coins as they were deposited by little hands. I am reminded of the Orange Tabby kitty cat ornament inscribed with “Bootsie” heading to Missouri, and the love that a pet brings to a family, including my own.

     Memories and dreams. Hopes and Christmas ornaments.

     With all of the ups and downs, trials and tribulations, tears and smiles, mine has been and still is, a great story. Now, I have the tremendous privilege of welcoming you to my journey as I blog with real and memorable stories for what may soon be my next great career path. The keepsakes housed on the shelves of this quiet warehouse before dawn will be an inspiration for stories of healing, hope, joy, and warmth. Here, in the peace of an ornament shop after Christmas, I think I am ready to write again.

     Yes, I know I am.

     Will you grab a cup of warm tea, then sit and share with me for a while?

     Tell me, what was the most memorable Christmas ornament you’ve ever received or given as a gift and why? Please comment in the “Sitting and Sharing with SunnyGirl” section below:

8 thoughts on “An Ornament Shop and Peaceful New Beginnings after Christmas

  1. keslattery says:

    Asking for a favorite ornament is like asking who is my favorite child! Our tree has always been an eclectic collection of treasured memories. Births, memories of vacations, warm winters, friends, family, nothing on our tree is without meaning. Ornaments are like a walk down sweet memory lane, never hang one without warm meaning!

    • HTCustomerService says:

      Hello! What a lovely comment! You have certainly painted a picture of a Christmas tree full of love and special moments. Certainly what the holidays are meant to be about. Thank you for sharing such a sweet message. Stay tuned for another “Sitting and Sharing with SunnyGirl” scheduled to be posted soon.

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