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Carlo Klemm

Quebec collector boasts most santas

December 22, 2008

by Alan Hustak, Canwest News Service

Calgary Herald.

EXCERPT:

At 72,Jean-Guy Laquerre is too old to believe in Santa Claus, but not too old to delight in the magic of Christmas and to appreciate the joy that the Pere Noel represents.

Each year, for the past 25, the retired schoolteacher has assembled a holiday shrine to Santa in the basement of his Montreal-area home.

His collection of Santa-related memorabilia grew and became so vast it has been acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the world's largest.

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Laquerre has more than 20,000 Santa-related items--figurines, posters, plates, napkins cards, cookie tins, candle-holders, chocolate bars, Coke bottles, neckties--even guitar picks decorated with Santas.

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For the past 30 years, the world record for the biggest Santa Claus collection has been held by a woman in Texas.

"She only had 1,039," said Laquerre, whose collection numbered more than 13,000 when he applied to Guinness to be listed four years ago. Now that the collection has been acknowledged as the world's largest, Laquerre said he'll stop collecting.

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Santa Bear Larry
B) Go get 'em Iowa. With a little help from your friends I know you can do it.

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Iowa Santa Claus

Ok everyone send me your unwanted Santa's and I'll see if we can put a hurt on him.

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Santa Everett

Iowa, looked at the pictures you have posted of your collection. Great looking!!!!

How do you keep them dusted and clean. Just about the time you finished, it's time to start over again. Have you thought of adding an extra garage, or display room?

HO! HO! HO!

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Iowa Santa Claus

My whole house is the display room.

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Nora

Nice story, thanks Nora

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