This year’s displays feature young professionals decorating their first house and longtime residents who have been part of previous Mantels & Trees events. 

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Holidays provide the perfect reason to look inside some of Oklahoma City’s most historic and early homes during Friday’s Miller Neighborhood Mantels & Trees Tour.

Miller is located between NW 10th and 16th streets and May and Villa avenues. It was platted in the early 1900s. Founder George Miller built his home at the corner of NW 12th Street and Miller Avenue, in what has become known as the Miller Mansion, said Mike Stuart, who now owns the residence with Bruce Hall. The home is one of several on this year’s holiday tour.

“I think anyone who attends will be impressed with the sense of pride from the homeowners who have volunteered to open their homes and share in the holiday spirit,” Stuart said. “Miller residents are warm, friendly and love being a part of this historic neighborhood.”

Many of the Tudor-style homes will primarily feature decorated living rooms, Stuart said, while others deck the halls all the way through.

“Some of the participants started decorating in early November,” he said. “It really depends on the level of participation. If they are focusing on just their living room, mantel and tree, they may not be as taxed to finish as those decorating the entire house.”

Most of the participating houses are new additions to the tour, and Stuart said the owners are relatively new Miller neighborhood residents. Each home reflects the owner’s interpretation of Christmas.

This year’s displays feature young professionals decorating their first house and longtime residents who have been part of previous Mantels & Trees events.

Stuart and Hall bought Miller Mansion in 1997 and immediately began restoring it inside and out. They added a pool, upgraded landscaping and brought the house back to life. The pair also keeps expanding the breadth of the house’s holiday decorations.

“We really started to decorate for Christmas in remembrance of my mother,” Stuart said. “She died after Christmas, shortly before we moved, and Christmas was always her favorite time of year. So decorating really made a difference in helping me deal with it. Each year, it seems to get bigger and bigger. For the last several years, we have decorated the entire house with trees throughout, and even different themes. Both levels of the house will be decorated this year.”

Miller neighborhood experiences a resurgence of popularity as people return to historical urban areas, Stuart said. It allows them to enjoy the close proximity to Oklahoma City’s flourishing downtown area.

“It is so exciting to see the younger generation buying these older homes and appreciating them for the historical significance,” he said. “In fact, Miller recently achieved national historic recognition for having homes of historic value.”

Tickets for the tour are $10 and can be purchased at 23rd Street Antique Mall, 3023 NW 23rd St., or at participating homes along the tour. For more information, email Stuart at mike@impressionsprinting.com.

“We think anyone who attends will certainly go home with a rejuvenated Christmas spirit,” Stuart said of the tour, which celebrates its sixth year this season.

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