For Martha Floyd, it's never “beginning” to look a lot like Christmas — because it always does.
In one of the four rooms of her five-year-old home sits a mecca of Santa Claus figurines covering shelf after shelf, dressers and a few tables, all year-round.
Floyd loves Christmas — a lot. It's her favorite part of the year mainly because she loves to spend time with her family.
“Christmas and family goes hand-in-hand,” she said.
So, why all the Santas? It all started in 1982, when she married her husband, Weldon. Her mother-in-law, Iris, asked Floyd if she collected anything of her own.
“She said, ‘You have to collect something,'” Floyd said. “She came in and gave me a wooden sign that said ‘Santa Collector,' and she said, ‘You're now a Santa collector.' So, I started collecting Santas and have been collecting them ever since.'”
The exquisitely extensive figurine collection pans around the room on the walls. Some Santas are stacked four deep from the front of the shelf to the wall featuring the traditional Santa apparel with different twists; cowboy Santas, hippy Santas, middle-Eastern Santas, biker Santas and old world Santas adorn her home like some sort of festive, Christmas U.N. meeting.
Read more about Floyd's collection in Sunday's Graham Leader.