Santa Col­lec­tor

A house full of Fa­ther Christ­mases brings one woman not only sea­sonal joy but also won­der­ful mem­o­ries.

Country Sampler Holiday Homes December 2018 - - Inside - Pho­tographed by BLACKSTONEEDGE.COM. Styled by DONNA PIZZI.

A house full of Fa­ther Christ­mases brings one woman not only sea­sonal joy but also won­der­ful mem­o­ries.

One thing that’s joy­ful about the hol­i­days are the tra­di­tions. For more than 40 years, Joanne Ray of Port­land, Ore­gon, has been set­ting out her col­lec­tion of San­tas and Fa­ther Christ­mases not only for her­self but also for vis­i­tors. And with more than 200 fig­ures of all shapes and sizes, it’s quite a fes­tive set­ting. “I get such joy un­wrap­ping them and putting them on dis­play year af­ter year,” Joanne says. “They hold many spe­cial mem­o­ries.” Joanne and her hus­band are avid trav­el­ers, so she has ac­quired San­tas from all over the world. “At this point in time, it’s not the col­lect­ing so much as the mem­o­ries,” she says. One Santa brings to mind one day af­ter Christ­mas when her hus­band drove through ice and freez­ing rain early in the morn­ing to get a spe­cial Scan­di­na­vian Santa rid­ing a rein­deer that was half off. With hun­dreds of Fa­ther Christ­mases, it’s hard to choose a fa­vorite, but a 3'-tall skinny Santa that stands near the fire­place comes to mind. Joanne’s hus­band bought it af­ter she told him, “No more.” Why? Be­cause he just couldn’t re­sist, ex­plain­ing, “Be­cause he’s tall and skinny like we are!”

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