WEST PARIS — A collection of Santa Claus dolls is visiting the West Paris Library’s children’s room for the holidays, and one of them is about to go fishing.

This fellow is the most recent addition to Elaine Emery’s collection of jolly, 18-inch tall Santas, and her current favorite.

She is always on the lookout for an original Santa, and she found this one in South Carolina. Emery, a library trustee, has been collecting Santas for more than 20 years. She was inspired by her mother, Leone Penley, who also loved to decorate for Christmas.

All of these unique Santas at the library have merry dimples and “beards on their chins as white as the snow,” but their garb is quite varied. There is a velvet green coat trimmed in fur, a red satin one embroidered in gold, and a couple of Santas prefer plaid. One is even wearing a kilt.

Emery’s Santa Claus collection will be on display into January 2016, during regular library hours.


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