And you thought your relatives had a lot of Santa tchotchkes.
Jean-Guy Laquerre, a retired geography teacher, has a Santa Claus collection that contains 25,189 individual pieces. That’s a ho-ho-whole lot of Santas and has earned him a spot in the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records for the largest collection of St. Nick memorabilia.
“I’m a collector at heart,” Laquerre admits. “I started out as a stamp collector at age 14, and in 1967 started collecting wine labels.”
However, Laquerre’s Santa stockpile has eclipsed the other collections with a little help from his friends. “I purchase them here and there, and then friends will give them to me. Various people give me these items as gifts.”
More from TODAY.com
30 Days to a Better You: Jenna, plaza fans sweat it out
Just over a week into the “30 Days to a Better You” series, and TODAY’s Jenna Wolfe brought the fun — and the sweat — to t...
- 'He was my hero': Brother of missing airplane passenger
- Lena Dunham shares the naked truth on 'Saturday Night Live'
- Real wedding: Couple overcomes distance to wed in the snow
- Blood test might predict who will develop Alzheimer's
- 30 Days to a Better You: Jenna, plaza fans sweat it out
And amazingly, Laquerre puts the entire Kris Kringle kit and kaboodle on display in the basement of his two-story house each holiday season. The set-up takes two weeks and is viewable only by invitation from Dec. 15 through Jan. 15.
Invitations are issued to “members of my collectors club, neighbors, family and friends. They’re surprised when they come over and see,” Laquerre said, adding, “but they are also very impressed by the fact that I’m a winner in Guinness World Records.”
© 2013 NBCNews.com Reprints