Richmond District resident Katherine Howard has been collecting Christmas ornaments since 1983. She now has so many ornaments – numbering in the “many thousands” – that she starts decorating her apartment in September and continues through the Christmas season. Most of the ornaments are 10 to 40 years old and almost all were purchased at Goodwill or Salvation Army stores. She estimates she owns more than 250 Santas. Howard said she believes she has reached the end of her collecting days and has begun donating most of her treasures to charities. Photo by Philip Liborio Gangi.