, Muskogee, OK


November 28, 2012

Homes opened for tour


— About the Eaton home

Joan volunteered her home for the tour when there was a need by the Christmas Home Tour Committee. She has been on the evening tour, Christmas by Candlelight, but not the day tour. She is on the committee.

Joan and her late husband, Orville, bought the home 32 years ago. She recently changed out most of the carpet to hardwood floors. The house is warm and full of Christmas decorations, including Santas made for her by a woman in Kansas. Joan’s daughter, Kathy Straub of Great Bend, Kan., has them made as gifts. Joan’s sons, Jimmy, Kenny and David Eaton, all live in Muskogee. She has 11 grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

“I realized I’ve been reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ for 62 years,” she said.

Some of the ornaments and the icicles on the living room tree are more than 80 years old.

“Everything goes back in its original box,” she said.

In the kitchen, her prized piece is the old switch board from Muskogee Central High School, where she was the registrar.

In the master bedroom, a door from the home of Orville’s aunt bears all the family names. He was raised by his uncle and aunt, the late Jack and Lorene Dean. Also in the room is her Singer sewing machine. The new addition to the room is a top hat from her secret sister in Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority that matches the one Frosty is wearing on the rug beside the bed.

Her bookshelves are brimming with Santas, angels and a Christmas village.

“All this stuff I’ve had for years and years,” she said. “Every room has a Santa or two or three.”

If you go

WHAT: Muskogee Christmas Home Tour.

WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

HOMES: Michael and Ellen Mayer, 3535 Mayer Lane; Ken and Linda Johnson, 2921 Mayer Lane; Vernell and Toni Redo, 3706 Country Club Drive; Joan Eaton, 308 Kingsbury Drive; and Thomas-Foreman Historic Home, 1419 W. Okmulgee Ave.

TICKETS: $10 available at the door or in advance at Economy Pharmacy, Bella Mea’s, Rustic Elegance, Haley and Loyd Jewelry, I’m A Basket Case, Bebb’s Flowers, and Kelly B. Todd Cerebral Palsy and Neuro-Muscular Center.

PROCEEDS: All money goes to the Kelly B. Todd Cerebral Palsy and Neuro-Muscular Center in Muskogee.

If you go

WHAT: Christmas by Candlelight.

WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

HOMES: Matthew and Annette Williams, 1403 W. Okmulgee Ave.; Bob and Gwen Coburn, 3420 River Bend Road; Noble and Pam Beck, 3415 Harris Ave.; and Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin. There also will be an open house at Haley and Loyd Jewelry, 3421 Chandler Road.

ADVANCE TICKETS: $25 by calling Donna Taylor, (918) 683-6600.

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