When the Christmas Home Tour opens, visitors will find as many holiday decorating ideas as there are toys in Santa’s sack.
The event, which began 41 years ago, raises funds for the Kelly B. Todd Cerebral Palsy & Neuro-Muscular Center.
Seven homes are on view Dec. 4-6. Four will be on daytime tours from 1-3 p.m. Three will be on the Christmas by Candlelight Tour, Dec. 4. Each home reflects the owners’ decorating interests with design themes ranging from traditional to contemporary.
Homes on the daytime tours are the Graham-Carroll House Bed & Breakfast, owned by Donna and Jeff Crane; the Rev. Guy and Keleta Parrish; Sally Funk; and Jason and Shawna Phillips.
The 23-year-old Candlelight Tour includes a progressive dinner and entertainment. This tour features the homes of Paula Wilburn, Cheryl Scott, and Danny and Melissa Hughes. Tickets to these homes are available by invitation, according to Beth Seim, chairwoman.
THE DAYTIME TOUR
Sally Funk chose a most unusual theme. Her late husband, Richard, was a NASCAR race fan.
“I unboxed our life of 33 years and found a gold mine of NASCAR souvenirs.”
Among the treasures were autographed mementos from racing car greats Jimmy Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Another tree with a sunflower theme honors Sally’s late sister, who grew and sold sunflowers. Photographs and toys related to Sally’s grandchildren adorn another tree. As the former local Pizza Inn owner, Sally’s kitchen features a pizza tree.
Twelve Christmas trees highlight Jason and Shawna Phillips’ home. They didn’t know when they purchased their home they were in the Candy Cane Lane neighborhood. This residential area is known for its lighted candy canes.
“We got right in the swing of things though,” Shawna said.
One of the trees has a nutcracker theme, a nod to “The Nutcracker” performances by Sadler Arts Academy, where Jenna is a fourth-grader. A seashell tree reflects the family’s interest in beach vacations.
Shawna hopes guests will enjoy the traditional themes she loves.
“I like our house to look and smell like my parents’ home did at Christmas when I was growing up,” she said.
A color palette inspired by peacocks will be evident as guests tour the Graham-Carroll House, which owners Donna and Jeff Crane renovated, before reopening this bed and breakfast last year.
For the tour, Donna features turquoise decorations, including a living room tree, with presents wrapped in peacock colors. In the formal dining room, a centerpiece of natural materials and ribbons accent other peacock-inspired decorations. A snow village adorns the buffet.
The Cranes celebrated the season early this year. “As empty-nesters our traditions are changing,” Donna notes. “This year, we are sharing our home with others. Some friends celebrated their Christmas the day after Thanksgiving as guests here and we prepared Christmas dinner for their early celebration.”
The Rev. Guy and Keleta Parrish cater to their children and grandchildren in their holiday décor. A big Santa greets guests at the entry. The large tree in the living room is filled with varied traditional ornaments their grandchildren will enjoy.
Their son’s bedroom reflects his hunting hobby, with his tree filled with Duck Dynasty ornaments. Snowmen grace the master bedroom tree while gingerbread motifs reign in the kitchen.
“I’ve never decorated for a tour before,” Keleta notes. “It’s a new experience.”
CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT TOUR
Paula Wilburn’s home features a European-style snow village that has been a fixture in their Christmas décor for 26 years. The village has grown considerably since the collection started with a church. The village resembles a town square and now covers two levels of a buffet.
Also featured are two small trees, filled with hunting mementoes – ducks, miniature hunting dogs, pheasants and feathers. Red bows featuring a Scottish plaid trim add a festive touch.
In their daughter’s bedroom, a Kappa Kappa Gamma tree is adorned with keys, owls and fleur de lis, all emblems of her sorority affiliation at Oklahoma State University, where she was assistant director of this year’s homecoming festivities.
Cheryl Scott’s Country Club home reflects her love for finding unusual holiday decorations at antique shops and estate sales. Four well-decorated trees on the home’s interior are as enticing as the lighted display greeting guests.
A study displays a rustic lodge theme, with a tree fashioned of acorns and gold, red and brown balls. Sparkling gold mesh ribbon wraps the tree.
Near the entry, a dining area dressed in black and white checks features a table set with her grandmother’s silver-rimmed china. Table accents blend gold and silver hues.
A refurbished antique chest displays large gold reindeer, family portraits and a silver-and-white arrangement of unusual items, including a gold “Believe” sign. An armoire features a golden “Joy To The World” ornament.
That decoration is symbolic for Cheryl.
“We love the holiday festivities. But when my family gathers we want to remember the true meaning of Christmas — that Christ’s birth brought joy to the world.”
Danny and Melissa Hughes home is also on the candlelight tour.
TOUR TICKETS AVAILABLE
Tickets for the 2015 Holiday Home Tour are $10 per person for the daytime tour; $25 for the candlelight tour.
Tickets are available at the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce, Rustic Elegance, Bella Mea’s, I’m a Basket Case, Bebb’s Flowers, Economy Pharmacies East and West, Kelly B. Todd Center or at the door of every home on the daytime tour.
Daytime tour locations are: 501 N. 16th St., 4107 Eagle Crest Drive, 824 N. David Lane and 2705 Jefferson St. Locations of the candlelight tour homes are 2418 St. Andrews Court, 3700 Club View Drive and 3100 E. 26th St.
Community volunteers donate their time to produce the tour with all proceeds benefiting the Kelly B. Todd Cerebral Palsy and Neuro-Muscular Center in Muskogee.