Canadian Collector has a record of Santa Claus collection
Canadian Jean-Guy Lakerr assembled the world’s largest collection of Santa Claus. As informs television channel Fox, 74-year-old collector managed to collect total of 25,189 different pictures of Santa Claus items: decorative figurines, toys, houseware, posters and other items.
(CANVAS STAFF REPORTS) – If you think that your child loves Santa Claus, think again. One man’s extensive Santa memorabilia collection has set a world record.
Canadian Jean-Guy Laquerre has 25,189 Santa Claus items in his collection, and Guinness World Records has announced that it officially is the largest collection in the world .
Seventy-four-year-old Laquerre said, “I’ve been collecting [Santas] since 1988. Various people give me these items as gifts. I purchase them here and there, and then friends will give them to me,” according to AOL News .
His Santa collection started after his wife’s aunt gave him a papier-mache Santa from 1910,MSNBC reported. From there, his collection grew to include figurines, toys, posters, cards and pins among other things.
Laquerre has always been a collector. He collected stamps as a teenager and then moved onto wine labels before venturing into the Santa paraphernalia.
For those wanting to see the extensive collection, Laquerre makes it viewable to the public by invitation only from Dec. 15 to Jan. 15. It takes him two weeks to set up the display of 25,189 Santa items in the basement of his home.
As for the honor of being in the Guinness World Records, Laquerre is very proud. He said, “To be included in the Guinness World Records book is a big honor. It’s like being an Olympic medal winner or the Canadians winning the Stanley Cup,” AOL News reported.
Another Guinness World Record was broken this year for the most Nativity scenes set up at one time by the Oasis Church in Pembroke Pines, Fla., The Sun Sentinel reported.
The church set up 2,150 Nativity scenes that included figurines, tapestries, ornaments and drawings with the scene on it.
The previous record has been 1,802. It was held by a collector in Italy.