GOWRIE - Guests at Jordon and Sam Adams' home on Saturday got to enjoy not just the Christmas decorations, but the house itself. In the past five or six months, the Adamses have completely renovated the 75-year-old home.
Their home was one of five on the annual Gowrie Christmas Tour of Homes, sponsored by the Community Women's Club.
"We have done it since 1994," said Jean Larson, one of the organizers this year. "We have a scholarship for the Prairie Valley students we give from this. That's why we do it."
-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
Sherrill Jorgensen adjusts a crystal snowflake ornament given to her by her brother on the tree in her living room during the Gowrie Christmas Tour of Homes. She said she used the tree-topper hat because it was different and unique.
Pam Kennell was impressed by the Adams home.
"The thing about this house is it's so old," Kennell said. "It's been a part of the Gowrie community for at least 75 years."
"I love old houses, just the character," said Jordon Adams.
All the hardwood floors have been redone, Adams said, along with the cabinets, the countertops, the carpet and the bathrooms.
Adams explained the idea behind her Christmas decorations.
"I wanted it to be very simple and comfortable," she said.
In addition to the large lighted tree in the living room, guests could see a smaller tree topped by reindeer antlers.
"I have a little one for my kids," Adams said. "I've got my nice tree, and they get to do whatever they want with theirs."
One of the newer homes on the tour belonged to Staci and Randy Halligan.
A Christmas train encircled the tree in the living room, while the basement held a miniature Christmas village and a 5-foot tall skinny Santa in a long flowing robe.
Staci Halligan said she and her husband built the home seven years ago. This is the first time it was on the tour.
"I just thought about what would be interesting for people to see, and to give them some ideas for their own houses. I made some new things," she said.
One of those things was a snowman in the bathtub, which visitors especially liked.
"I got the idea on Pinterest," said Halligan.
"The snowman in the bathtub is my favorite," said Annette Walker, of Fort Dodge, after visiting four of the five homes.
"I like to see the different ways to decorate," said her friend Sue Montgomery. "I like the hat at the Jorgensens' home as a Christmas tree topper, and her skinnier tree."
At the Jorgensen home, a large TV played a video of a fireplace as guests walked in. Back in another room, a second TV was showing "It's a Wonderful Life" in high definition.
Sherrill Jorgensen said she enjoys decorating for the season.
"I love, love Christmas," she said.
In the front room, a bright red, lighted top hat sits at the peak of a skinny Christmas tree.
Why the hat?
"It's just different and unusual and I love it, and it came from Real Deals in Fort Dodge," Jorgensen said.