Those who agreed to open their homes to the tour began decorating from top to bottom before Thanksgiving.
"I still have two rooms left to do," Katherine Cicigio said Monday, Nov. 28.
Cicigio said the military tree was her daughter's idea to remember service members who are away from home during holidays. To have a photo or name added to the tree, call Cicigio at 417-264-2862.
Chamber president Glynda Pryor said she is less nervous about ticket sales this year than in the two previous years. She now knows many who plan to tour the homes may wait until the end of the week to buy tickets. Tickets also are available at each home.
This is the third year the chamber has hosted the event, which was started by another organization about 10 years ago. In 2009, the chamber raised $3,000 on its first holiday home tour. Last year, it raised $1,000. The homes and Mammoth Spring Methodist Church will be open for the tour from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Tourists can visit all the sites, or just one, if they wish.
Pryor said the chamber tells hosts they do not need to serve refreshments, although at least two hosts will. The tour's main focus is on the homes and how the owners have decorated for Christmas.
Holiday Home tour
Mike and Sharlet Allen
Highway 142W to County Road 365, three miles from Thayer
Bob and Katherine Cicigio
Highway 142E to County Road 248, ten miles from Thayer
Mammoth Spring Methodist Church
Main and Fourth Street
499 Riverview Drive, Mammoth Spring
Ed and Marilyn Crow
690 Riverbend Drive, Mammoth Spring