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Jean-Guy Laquerre, a teacher in Quebec, Canada, has a Santa Claus collection that contains 25,189 individual pieces.
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updated 12/16/2010 2:37:32 PM ET 2010-12-16T19:37:32

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.

Jean-Guy Laquerre with his Santa Claus collection.  /  Jonathan Clark/Guinness World Records
The 74-year-old native of Boucherville in Quebec, Canada, started collecting Santa Claus items in 1988, when he inherited a papier-mache Santa, dating from 1910, from his wife’s aunt.  Since that time he has added figurines, cards, postcards, pins, brooches, toys, posters and more all bearing the likeness of the jolly old elf.

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“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.”

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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.

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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.”

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Video: Grab a pencil and a beard! It’s Santa school

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    >>> every winter thousands of volunteers dress as santa claus to collect donations for the homeless and hungry.

    >> you can't just throw on a red velvet outfit and shout ho ho ho . they have to learn the trade somewhere.

    >> volunteers of america have been training sap santa 's helpers for more than a century. i got a crash course in all things santa at their santa school. it takes more than a belly and a beard to be santa claus . at the volunteers of america headquarters here in new york, class is in session.

    >> first of all, let's clear one thing up. there's just one santa . he's not here, he's at the north pole .

    >> reporter: in santa class, you train to be one of santa 's helpers. we had to get into costume to get into character. we work from the bottom-up starting with the pants and boot covers.

    >> if your shoes are three-inch heels, maybe you should re-consider your footwear.

    >> reporter: lesson two, you can't be santa without a little pad to the midsection. i feel like a kangaroo. i already feel jollier. we'd just be a fat guy in boots without that trademark red robe.

    >> i can't see over my belly. lesson three, you have to give the kids something to tug on.

    >> we have boxes of beards. take it out, shake it out.

    >> reporter: it is the first time i'm dressing like a man -- since halloween.

    >> do you know what we have to go through to go to the bathroom?

    >> oh, gosh. we have to get out of this thing?

    >> reporter: costumes and wigs in place, we definitely look the part but something is missing which brings us to the most important lesson.

    >> the laugh is a good way to let them know you're a good guy or gal. when you laugh, you jiggle.

    >> reporter: because these santa 's helpers collect donations, we perfect our bell-ringing technique.

    >> and cut!

    >> reporter: and go through the dos and don'ts.

    >> santa does not smoke. there's nothing more unsightly than crumbs in your beard.

    >> reporter: to make it official, there is a pledge.

    >> reporter: as sidewalk santa , this i pledge. and we receive diplomas.

    >> sara haines.

    >> thank you!

    >> congratulations, ladies and gentlemen . you are now official volunteers of america sidewalk santas. ho ho ho !

    >> is this like graduation? do we move it over? school's out but the holiday cheer is just beginning. so far, these santas helpers have raised $70,000 for homeless and hungry families.

    >> we got a whole bunch of volunteers from the volunteers of america and rachel winestein is here, the group's leader.

    >> thank you for having us here.

    >> we see these guys with the bells ringing.

    >> some women.

    >> where does the money go?

    >> the money goes to our holiday food voucher program. we're sending food vouchers to thousands of people who are hungry this season.

    >> more people are ever before this season.

    >> we may have raised $70,000, but we need to raise a lot more.

    >> you guys did really well. do you have the laugh down? we didn't do the thing, what about this part?

    >> laugh outloud. ho ho ho ho ho !

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  46. Longest hair

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