PANAMA CITY — Christmas may still be a couple of months away, but Yvette Emanuel is getting an early look at her Santa Claus collection, courtesy of Hurricane Michael, which scattered it around their yard.

Every year for the past 48, Emanuel's husband Dennis has given her a Santa Claus for Christmas, and on Thursday she was forced to search for them in the rubble that had once been their shed.

“That’s important to me,” Yvette said. “We’ve been looking through everything."

"It’s funny how it’s stretched around everywhere,” she said of the debris, noting she found one Santa in one direction and another 25 yards away.

The Emanuels rode out the hurricane in their home on Julie Drive in the Bayou George area, just north of the Panama City Mall.

“We spent hours holding the door until the ceiling started falling in ... we had to abandon the door and take cover in the bathroom,” said Dennis.

“Our house was just rocking... I’ve never been that scared,” Yvette said.

The Emanuel’s have roof damage to the house but it’s still livable. Like most people in Bay County, they're having to get by without power or water.

“We’ve been trying to clean and find things that were lost,” Dennis said. “And it’s funny how stuff was blown from one neighbor to the next.”

But Dennis said she’s determined to find those Santas.