EAST PALESTINE - Discovering new and interesting ways to decorate or just savoring the season's atmosphere are two reasons to participate in the East Palestine Town and Country Garden Club annual Enchantment of Christmas Home Tour this weekend.
Four homes are chosen each year for the tour and the East Palestine United Methodist Church on East Main Street has been added as a fifth stop on this year's itinerary.
Church members have been working hard over the last four weeks transforming a portion of the church into a "walk back in time."
Bev Leake said guests will get a glimpse of what it was like in Biblical times as they walk through the "Market Place."
The sights, sounds, and smell of spices and homemade bread will combine to make the experience memorable, and church members or volunteers will appear in in the market place costumed as characters from the Bible, including James and John, the disciples of Jesus who made a living as fishermen.
At one end of the market place guests will have the opportunity to taste foods that were a daily staple during that time, like flatbread, humus, grapes and cheese.
Leake said the tour is set up to create an atmosphere of anticipation similar to one that may have stirred just before Jesus Christ's birth.
Guests will then watch as Mary and Joseph walk through the church carrying the newly born Messiah.
Other stops on the tour will feature seasonal decorations or themes.
For example, a home on McClure Avenue will depict "An Elfin Christmas," and is set up to display what can be done to a small home for the holidays.
The second stop is home to Ohio State University fans and features a "Country 'Buckeye' Christmas" theme.
Guests will be impressed with the large porch, library, master bedroom and bath, and see-through fireplace at this stop, according to information provided by the Garden Club.
The third stop will feature the efforts of an entire neighborhood on Claybrook Drive.
The neighborhood has gathered natural items like tree branches, nuts and wild branches to transform into decorations that will be featured around the "alternative" condominium, according to the Garden Club information.
The home's theme is "A Winter Solstice" and guests will also have the opportunity to see a beautifully decorated meditation area that promotes tranquillity.
Decorated trees at this stop will be donated to families in need for Christmas following the tour.
The fourth stop is "A Log Home Christmas" at 555 Bacon Ave. The log home is owned by the village and used by the Historical Society for its regular meetings.
The tour begins today from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will run Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at DND's Restaurant, the Sunflower Seed, Flowers Straight from the Heart, George's Hair Styling, Unity Grange, Styles by Kenneth and in the featured homes. Tickets will also be available at Vivian's Antiques in Columbiana. A map will be included with the ticket.