Oakley, CA

Christmas passionate turns office cube into gingerbread house: “It broke the ice”

Amy Christie

A woman who loves Christmas like no other holiday set to work and turned her office cube into an amazing gingerbread house. Everyone was speechless when it was done.

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It all began with an office competition to decorate the workspace for the holidays. 47-year-old Monika Orrey had only started her job for two months when she decided to go all out and spent eight hours turning her office cube into an inviting gingerbread house that made everyone smile, according to Good News Network.

The financial services manager from Oakley, California, made the house roof and the sides by herself, using cardboard covered with brown paper.

She even took the trouble to build everything secretly, on a Sunday. That way, she got to surprise everyone when the work week started.

“I am very festive, or as my daughter would say, I am ‘extra’! According to my family, I have too many decorations at home, but they love it. When the decorating contest was announced, I started stockpiling cardboard right away,” Monika recalls.

In the beginning, she didn’t know if it was ok to show just how much she loved the holidays, but eventually, she realized that seeing a Christmas creation could only add cheer and good vibes.

“I was concerned at first that my colleagues might think I was odd, but I am happiest when I am authentically me. I pushed past any concerns and got to planning. I wanted to incorporate my well-known sweet tooth, and what better than a giant gingerbread house?” she shared with the outlet.

So, she started to work on making her very own Christmas wonderland right in the middle of the workspace.

“I used the cardboard I collected and the decorations I had on hand. The tape was the highest cost. I collected bowls from the dollar store, painted pinwheels on them, attached the bowls to white cardboard tubes, and covered them in cellophane for extra-large lollipops. I bought candy stickers and found candy images online, and I printed them for more decorations,” she described how the gingerbread house came to be.

And when her work colleagues got to see her creation on Monday, they were “speechless.” They all loved the gingerbread theme and got into the holiday spirit.

“It definitely broke the ice! I am competitive, and I love Christmas, so it was right up my alley. Many colleagues brought their kids to see my gingerbread house, and it brought so many smiles—mission accomplished!” she concluded about the touching experience that united passion, love, and kindness.

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