So last night I raced to Ashburn, Virginia for some Christmas cheer. A while back I received an email that Zazu was having their 8th Annual Holiday Open House. Naturally, I put it on my calendar. The only problem was that due to my work hours, I’d have to get there just a wee bit before they closed. But you know that wasn’t going to stop me, right? Especially not when all purchases were 20% off.
Well, do you recall how I’m always griping about the impossibility of finding candy cane themed Christmas decor that doesn’t also come with a Santa, a snowman, a gingerbread man, a hippo, etc…? Well, I SCORED!
Check this out:
And for these I had to get a step stool. When the assistant couldn’t reach, I eagerly dropped my bags to help her out:
Then she showed me this little ornament:
And I about Fell. Over. While we were searching for a match, she (not being fully aware of my obsession – which began here– but beginning to get the vision) handed this to me like, “Oh, and there’s this one…”
NO. WAY. (Choirs of angels were bursting into song. I just know it.)
Okay. I am quite sure that she wasn’t expecting such a loud, wondrous and enthusiastic gasp. (Sometimes I forget that not everyone gets as excited about these things as I.) If there was a way that I could accurately spell out the dramatic sound that I made during this extravagant, breathless intake of air, I would. But unfortunately, you’re just going to have to settle for that fact that I gasped, “HhhhhhhhhhOOOOOoooOOOoOooOOoooo…!”
This moment in which I laid eyes on my new ornament might have been the audible and visual equivalent to seeing a child witness a butterfly land on his leg for the first time. We can’t blame the assistant one bit for chuckling to herself; because, yes, my eyes were as big as saucers. I finished this trip muttering to myself, “You know, I don’t buy shoes and I don’t buy purses… But when Christmas comes around…”
(PS – Here’s another link Zazu uses.)