I think a butterfly landed on my very soul.

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 this:

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.)


  1. November 4, 2011
    Margaret Treadwell

    I miss Zazu…such a delightful place…I used to take my out of town guests there, like forget the White House…you need to go to Zazu! Can’t wait to get back there (and back to see you!)

  2. November 4, 2011
    Momma @Donna

    wonderful … I’m so happy you found these lovely items to add to your Christmas decor …. I can’t wait to see the whole set up when you’re finished 🙂

  3. November 4, 2011

    Yay! The ornaments are perfect! 🙂 Nice.

  4. November 4, 2011
    Kathleen Reynolds

    That was fun Suzy! I am sure we all got giddy right along with you. I get that way about stars and glass icicles. Nothing in the world like Christmas…:)

  5. November 4, 2011

    So we have twisted peppermint things at the store:) Candles, wall flowers, handsoap, and the first week of december we will have the twisted peppermint bodycare….

    • I’ve seen Bath and Body Works carry such products. Ironically the peppermint/candy cane scent doesn’t appeal to me as much in the form of body care. I wish they didn’t get rid of honeysuckle though. It used to remind me of Ma’s old house.

  6. December 17, 2011

    You hit the jackpot with these items!!! So beautiful:) Your house must be so pretty. XOXO

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