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!
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:35:57 GMT
A body discovered in Clinton Saturday night has led to a homicide investigation. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart confirms a body was discovered, although few other details are known. The bodyMore >>
Clinton Police Department's Interim Chief Mike Warren said upon further investigation, it appears an disagreement over a woman may have led to the death of a Jackson man.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:00:02 GMT
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown. If confirmed, Brown would become the state's first black female district judge. Carl Tobias, aMore >>
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown.More >>
It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials...More >>
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Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Inmates at jails in Indianapolis, Baltimore, St. Louis and Philadelphia face the nation's highest levels of sexual abuse at the hands of guards, according to a new federal report based on surveys of inmates at...More >>
Inmates at jails in Indianapolis, Baltimore, St. Louis and Philadelphia face the nation's highest levels of sexual abuse at the hands of guards, according to a new federal report based on surveys of inmates at U.S. jails.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:20 PM EDT2013-05-19 00:20:30 GMT
An accident combined with interstate roadwork causes headaches for motorists Saturday afternoon in Rankin county. Traffic was practically brought to a standstill on I-20 in Pearl at the Airport Road exitMore >>
An accident combined with interstate roadwork causes headaches for motorists Saturday afternoon in Rankin County.More >>