The Christmas Tour of Homes will be here before we know it! Holy Trinity Catholic School is hosting its first annual Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
Seven homes will be featured on the tour this year, all decorated in their most festive Christmas finery — including The Pyle House.
Each house will display its owner’s unique Christmas decorating style, and hostesses will tell people about each home.
In between tours, ticket holders may come to Holy Trinity Catholic School’s Multipurpose Room for Christmas music, coffee, hot cider, and delicious homemade Christmas cookies!
Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Holy Trinity Catholic School or Church offices, and on the day of the tour at Holy Trinity Catholic School’s Multipurpose Room. For additional information, contact Rose Kluth at 354-5352.
David & Jamie Nemmers 1475 Ohio Ave. SW
The Nemmers family (David, Jamie, Davis, Katie, Noelle, Ethan) bought their lovely Victorian-style home in 2003. They completed an extensive remodel of the upper and lower levels in 2009, adding a new kitchen, master suite, and lower level bedroom/bathroom.
A Christmas tradition that Jame Nemmers started for her four children was to collect a Hallmark ornament for each of them every year since they were babies. These ornaments will be on display on their tree at the Christmas Tour of Homes. She also cross-stitched Christmas stockings for each of her children, all of which are hanging on the fireplace mantel in the living room.
David & Rose Kluth
1925 McDonald Drive
The Kluths purchased their home on McDonald Drive a little over a year ago, and they love the neighborhood and close proximity to their church and school.
Rose loves to decorate the house for Christmas. She has been collecting German ornaments for more than 20 years, and has collected one ornament each year for her two boys, Jack Henry and Will. The Kluths have a live tree every year for their main tree, and they also have an artificial tree for their family room. This tree is decorated with fireman ornaments in memory of David’s father, who was a fireman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Ned & Sheila Keeler
708 27th Street N.E.
Ned and Sheila first purchased their home in the summer of 2009. Some locals may know that this was the home previously owned by the Stoppelmoor family, who were also the parents of celebrity Cheryl Ladd.
The couple have two sons, Bernie and Stephen. When their boys were little, they began collecting LGB trains for the boys. Santa would come and set up the trains in the dining room while the boys were asleep. They now have two lines of trains, a passenger line and a freight line. The Christmas Trains will be on display on their sun porch during the Christmas Tour of Homes.
Shaun & Taunya Martin
4131 Dakota Ave. S.
Shaun and Taunya and their children Zoe, Charlie, Tommie and J.D., moved into their home a little over a year ago. Taunya Martin has been collecting Christmas decorations for many years.
Many of their decorations are ones that she and her husband have given each other since they were first married. Each of their four bedrooms has its own Christmas tree. They also have a tree in the main living room. Their main Christmas tree is a live tree, and picking out the tree has become a tradition for their family.
The Pyle House
376 Idaho Ave. S.E.
As most Huron natives know, the Pyle House was built in 1894 by John L. Pyle and Mary Isabella Pyle.
Their youngest daughter, Gladys, was elected as State Representative for Beadle County, and was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate without previously being appointed. Rachel Farrell, Executive Director for Dakotaland Museums, takes special joy in decorating the Pyle House every year for the Christmas season.
Most of the decorations are traditional for the time period in which Gladys lived in the home. One of the ornaments on the Christmas tree actually belonged to Gladys! Rachel and her team of volunteers will be conducting the Christmas tour this year at the Pyle House.
Allan & Helen Crow
5287 Dakota Ave. S.
Allan & Helen Crow have lived in their home for more than 23 years. They believe that the Christmas holidays are truly all about family and getting together to share the season.
For Helen Crow, the Nativity fully expresses what Christmas is all about, as well as emphasizing their focus on family during the holiday season. She will be decorating her home with a nativity theme for this Christmas Tour of Homes. She has collected many sets over the years, and they will be displayed throughout her home for the Christmas Tour of Homes.
Father Terry Anderson
425 20th Street S.W.
Father Terry Anderson’s house is owned by Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, and was purchased as the church rectory more than 10 years ago. He has lived in the rectory since 2007.
Father Terry adds his own personal touches during the Christmas season, including a crocheted Christmas stocking hanging on his fireplace mantel that his mother made for him as a child. He also has a nativity set given to him by his mom and dad many years ago, and parishioners have given him additional pieces for the set over the past 28 years since he was first ordained as a priest. There are also several special ornaments on his tree that were given to him by parishioners. For the complete article see the 11-25-2012 issue.
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