HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Anne Weeks has more Santa-themed items in her Christmas decorating scheme than you do.
Way, way more.
"I would say I probably have 400 that are in the house now," said Weeks, sitting on her living room sofa in front of a long wooden wall sign adorned with a message that went without saying: "I believe in Santa."
Everywhere you turned in her house, smiling or laughing Santa images gazed back, from the walls and shelves, the tables, the floors. Then there were the many Santa-fied ornaments on an upside-down Christmas tree hanging from the ceiling. We'll get to those in a minute.
Her collection, which began with a single Santa that her mother gave her, has outgrown her small house.
Don't get confused should you visit Weeks at her office -- she heads the nonprofit Mountain State Centers for Independent Living, which provides resources to the disabled -- as you may think she is instead an Amway Santa rep.
"My friends that buy for me at Christmas say I'm not going buy you another Santa Claus -- then they usually do because they find one that they think 'Oh, she needs this one!' That's one reason why they're spilling over into my office."
She looked up into the air, where the living room walls met the ceiling. "I might put a plate wall along the ceiling so I could start putting them up there ..."
Her collection began in earnest in the early 1980s. It helped when she bought the house -- all that Santa space.
"When I moved into this house in '93 and was deciding how I wanted to decorate it, I thought 'I really like Santa Clauses. And they really are something that are meaningful to me."
Her collection is wide-ranging, featuring depictions of Santa Claus in his many European manifestations, as Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas and Sinterklaas. She has a horsehair Santa from South America and a felt-capped "tomte," a mythical creature from Scandinavian folklore who became a Santa figure.