Well, you get right down to it, the Santa's make the Long's house not only festive around Christmas, but ALL year. Because a few of the Santas in Judy's collection STAY out all the time. She's been collecting Santas for about 20 years. And oddly, it was Santa himself that got her started.
Judy Long: We had what's called a dirty Santa party. And I won this Santa Clause and I was very disappointed. This is NOT what I wanted. But then I got THAT Santa Clause and then that made me sort of start looking at Santa Clauses, and…I've always loved Santa Clause. I mean I'm a Christmas person. (Walt: From a child?) Judy: From a child, yes. (Walt: Did you ever stop believing in him?) Judy: Not really. I STILL believe.
Walt: Well, Daddy told me a long time ago that if you ever stop believing he stops coming. So I still believe. And with this many Santas right before your eyes, what's so difficult about believing?
Judy: My favorite Santa is my Arkansas Razorback Santa. That's my very favorite. I have several that I'm crazy about. In fact I just got a new Jim Shore Santa. It's the Santa and he's kneeling before the baby Jesus. And that's the real reason for Christmas. So I really like that. But unusual Santas I go for. I can't tell you which ones are my favorites because I love them all.
Walt: Not only does Judy buy Santas herself, all year long, not just at Christmas, but people give them to her as gifts. How nice to have ONE person on your list you know exactly what to get. But there is a reluctance of duplication on the part of the giver.
Judy: Well you know in this whole big collection I don't have two that are alike.
Walt: And just as Santa is a giver, so is Judy in letting sometimes, total strangers come through her house and look at her collection.
Judy: If you don't show it then it's no fun to have it. I don't like to hoard all these Santas, I like to show them. I really do.
Walt: Well, in just a few more days, ole Santa is going to be the man of the hour in most of our homes. But in Judy Long's house in Greenville, he's ALWAYS the man of the year!
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-06-19 01:47:49 GMT
Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman has turned in her resignation to Mayor Harvey Johnson and will retire from the police force in a matter of days. Chief Coleman, who has served with the Jackson PoliceMore >>
Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman has turned in her resignation to Mayor Harvey Johnson and will retire from the police force in a matter of days.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:31:40 GMT
Ridgeland police officers and Madison County sheriff's deputies have surrounded a house on Bryceland Drive in Ridgeland. Lt. John Neil with the Ridgeland Police Department says a resident called policeMore >>
Ridgeland Chief of Police Jimmy Houston said the standoff in Ridgeland is resolved.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:00 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:00:46 GMT
There is no such thing as sacred ground for some thieves. Two men rob at least four people at a Jackson church. Officer Colendula Green tells us around 6:22 Monday evening the group was standing outsideMore >>
There is no such thing as sacred ground for some thieves. Two men robbed at least four people at a Jackson church Monday night.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:37 PM EDT2013-06-18 01:37:58 GMT
An accident that occurred around 3 p.m. Saturday on I-20 W. resulted in at least one fatality. The accident happened between Bovina and Flowers. A bystander told WLBT/WDBD the multi-vehicle accidentMore >>
A second person has died from a multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 in Warren County Saturday.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 1:11 AM EDT2013-06-18 05:11:50 GMT
A two-vehicle accident at the Highway 18 and Springridge Road intersection Saturday, resulted in at least one death. A one-and-a-half year-old died in the accident, according to Hinds County Coroner SharonMore >>
A two-vehicle accident at the Highway 18 and Springridge Road intersection Saturday evening resulted in the death of a toddler. Officials have made an arrest in the death.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 3:26 PM EDT2013-06-17 19:26:53 GMT
Jackson police are investigating what they believe to be a murder-suicide in south Jackson Monday morning. Few details are being released at this time, but Officer Colendula Green confirms one maleMore >>
Jackson police are investigating what they believe to be a murder-suicide in south Jackson and have identified both victims. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >>
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:59 PM EDT2013-06-18 01:59:19 GMT
LYNCHBURG, VA (RNN) – Kimberly Burke is used to capturing emotion. As a wedding photographer, she has an eye for tender moments, like the photo she snapped of a Marine and his bride praying that has goneMore >>
A quiet moment captured before a couple wed has brought collective "awws" by millions on the internet.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:49 AM EDT2013-06-18 12:49:53 GMT
Simpson County Sheriff's deputies are looking for two inmates who walked off a work detail crew early Monday morning. According to Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis, Simpson County Adult Detention CenterMore >>
Two Simpson County inmates who walked off a work detail site Monday morning have been recaptured.More >>
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