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Man of many faces

Norma Klein has spent years building her collection of Santa figurines

November 24, 2012
By Karin Elton , Marshall Independent

There is a teapot Santa, snow globe Santa, scrub brush holder Santa and a nutcracker Santa. Many shapes and sizes of Santa figurines have found their way to the Norma and Don Klein household.

Don said when he built their house in Marshall, he put ledges over doorways and windows and tops of cabinets.

"Maybe I shouldn't have," he said with a smile.

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Photo by Karin Elton

Norma Klein shows Miriam Backstrom and Miriam’s mother, Tanya Backstrom of Balaton, a Santa with a bag of toys that Miriam especially liked.

Norma has filled those shelves during the past 40 years with her figurine collections.

"She collects everything," Don said of his wife, who now suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. "She has between 300 and 400 chickens and 100 little birds."

The Kleins shared their Santa collection with Adult Community Center members and the general public Nov. 20 for the monthly Tea, Toast and Chat event at the center.

"We figured we would display the Santas now since we have other things going on next month," said Barb Lipinski, the ACC coordinator.

Norma enjoyed showing the Santas to admiring visitors.

"They always look so happy," Norma said of her Santas.

Don said Norma has picked up various Santas throughout the years at garage sales and at after-Christmas sales.

"She likes to collect," he said. "I don't know where they came from. Maybe we can give them all back."

During the non-Christmas months, the figurines "all go upstairs in the walk-in closet on shelves," Don said.

They all fit on the shelves so they don't have to be stored in boxes.



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