The Lansing Association for Community Events (L.A.C.E.) is hoping to recreate what was once a popular holiday happening in the community. L.A.C.E.’s First Annual Christmas Home Tour takes place Sunday with four homeowners opening their not-so-humble-abodes to be admired. Additional locations on the tour are the Lansing Country Club, Water’s Edge Garden, Gift and Pond Center and the Lansing Historical Society’s Festival of Lights exhibit in the Lansing Public Library.
Tickets for the event are $20, available at the Lansing Library, Lansing Country Club and Water’s Edge, 18418 Wentworth. Tickets include appetizers, one cocktail and a free gift at Water’s Edge. The Lansing Country Club will also be offering brunch for an additional $12 (inclusive) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“The Lansing Association of Community Events invites you to enjoy this event - another part of our bringing back the hometown to Lansing," said Pat Leck, a member of L.A.C.E. who is coordinating the event with a planning committee.
The four featured homes are big on Christmas spirit with their halls adequately decked for the season. The McCall home has a real tree that is lit with 3,000 lights and as a teacher at Oak Glen School for many years, she started her Christmas decorating with many gifts from her students. The couple also has an Illini Room decorated as well as a master bath. The home has a back yard view of the Forest Preserve. McCall said that a large, unique ceiling fan was something that drew visitors on previous Christmas home tours.
The Hamblin House has a Master Suite overlooking the 23 foot tall music room that is decorated with a tree filled with designer crystal ornaments and over 5,000 lights. “It is a sight to enjoy,” said Leck. “There is also a beautiful staircase, an organ and a 7-foot grand piano. Music lovers will love this house.”
Twelve themed trees are part of the decor at the Eidam house, which is a custom-built log home constructed in 1997. The great room has a Northwoods lodge look that includes a 14-foot tree and a decorative fireplace.
Patty Eidam said that because the house is a log home, she uses a lot of natural elements in decorating that include pine cones, red berries and birch branches. Among the themed trees are a “dog tree” full of dog ornaments and a “patriotic tree” full of red, white and blue. In the kitchen, a tree is covered in antique cookie cutters. The home is also filled with the couple’s collection of more than 100 santa figures made of a variety of materials and features a large Amish-made dining room table that can seat more than 14 for Christmas dinner
“We do a lot outside, too,” said Eidam. “The house has a wrap around porch and there is greenery and bows and wreaths on every single window.”
The Albrecht House gets decorated for each season and holiday, but Christmas gets the most attention. It is filled with items the couple has acquired during their 34 years of marriage, with at least one tree in every room.
Besides the four homes, the tour includes Water’s Edge, a quaint gift and garden shop with a large variety of holiday items and about 10 decorated trees and the Lansing Historical Society’s annual “Festival of Lights” exhibit with 30 trees decorated to represent different countries and community organizations with some tidbits of information on holiday customs around the world. Finally, the Lansing Country Club has four trees decorated by various golf leagues overlooking the lake. The club is a great place to start your tour as you can enjoy an optional brunch, which includes an omelet station, starting at 11 a.m. for $12 with tax, tip and beverage included.
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