In 1963, La Habra Heights resident Claire Spothelfer received her first Santa Claus. It was a little German doll given to her by her husband's aunt in the early years of the Spothelfer marriage.
Little did Spothelfer know that what started with the German Santa would grow to become a collection of approximately 500 Santas from all over the world.
"It just sort of grew like Topsy," Spothelfer said. "People started giving me Santas for gifts and one thing led to another."
Spothelfer has Santas of wood, Santas of fabric, musical and ceramic Santas--more Santas than she could possibly display in her home.