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texas excess SantasThe lootHundreds of vintage Christmas tree ornaments, mid-century Santa figurines, and old-timey plastic lawn ornaments known as blow molds.Her favorite pieceA plaster Santa figurine her grandparents procured at a carnival in the forties or fifties.Years in the making12.How early is too early to begin decking the halls? The day after Thanksgiving? The first day of December? Lecia Hawkins, director of creative operations at James Avery Jewelry and a prolific Christmas decor collector, begins unloading her specially designed walk-in Christmas closet the day after Halloween and not a day sooner, in accordance with a truce she’s made with her husband.The early date isn’t just due to anticipatory passion: it takes Hawkins three to four weekends to hang, pin, and place the hundreds of merry items around…

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