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Christmas Parade of Homes returns

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Large wooden snowflakes hang in the air at the Thad Rosenau and Rhonda Myers house in the country near Carrington. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 6
Holiday decor with a rustic and country theme can be seen at Tom and Dusty Carr's rural Carrington home. John M. Steiner / The Sun3 / 6
The front entrance of the Barry and Nicole Threadgold home has a Christmas theme. John M. Steiner / The Sun4 / 6
From the holiday classic movie "It's a Wonderful Life," a Bedford Falls sign hangs on a wall in the Mark and Mary Struxness home. John M. Steiner / The Sun5 / 6
Vintage and delicate holiday decor can be seen at the Wayne and Denise Shipman home. John M. Steiner / The Sun6 / 6
If you go

What: 2018 Christmas Parade of Homes in Carrington

When: 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9

Where: Starting at Trinity Lutheran Church, 100 Poplar Ave. S, in Carrington.

Mark and Mary Struxness, 1951 11th Ave. S

Wayne and Denise Shipman, 1180 4th St. S

Barry and Nicole Threadgold, 357 Joal Drive

Tom and Dusty Carr, 6865 2nd St. NE

Thad Rosenau and Rhonda Myers, 230 77th Ave. NE

Tickets: $10 advance at Happy Heart Hutch, Carrington Drug, Garden Gate, Central Pharmacy; $12 on Dec. 9 at Trinity Lutheran Church or homes on the tour

Contact: Call 701-652-7194 for advance tickets or contact Bonnie Rosenau, 652-2153,

The Carrington Christmas Parade of Homes will be held for the first time since 2015.

Five participating Carrington area homes will open their doors to visitors on Dec. 9 to benefit the Carrington Health Center, according to Bonnie Rosenau and Jeanne Unruh, event-co-chairs and members of the Carrington Health Center Auxiliary Board. The proceeds from the event will help purchase a blood bank centrifuge and incubator for the hospital laboratory with matching funds from Modern Woodmen of America.

“I think it’s a very good event,” Unruh said. “For one, it’s a very good fundraiser for our hospital auxiliary and a way to give back to the hospital.”

The event is a way to see holiday decorating ideas in different homes, she said. This allows people to get to know other people in the community, she said.

Three of the homes are within the city of Carrington. Two others are outside the city but along the same road.

“I just think that it’s a great cause and I like to decorate, so it fits,” said Denise Shipman, who will show her home with husband, Wayne. “I just like seeing the different ways that people decorate for the season and the holidays. Everybody has their unique style.”

Mark and Mary Struxness said they opened their doors as a way to help the community. They said the holidays are a time to enjoy family, community and the arrival of Jesus as the reason for the season.

“It helps the community and our hospital,” Mary Struxness said. “It’s just another way to enjoy the holidays.”

Christmas is a time of simple joys and getting together, Mark Struxness said.

“We just wanted to take part,” he said.

Thad Rosenau and Rhonda Myers said they enjoy visiting other homes at past Parade of Homes events. They wanted to welcome people to their home this year.

“I liked seeing the different homes and decorations,” Rhonda Myers said. “So I will have the same stuff I do every year but I guess I did add a few extra things.”

Tom and Dusty Carr want to start their own Carr Christmas Corner event with Santa wagon rides, hot chocolate and games for the kids from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, 9, 21 and 22. They are putting 20,000 lights on their 10-acre property where a tractor will pull the wagons along a path.

“Being part of Parade of Homes helps us draw more attention to that and it’s also for a good cause,” Dusty Carr said. “This is just something to offer to the community because we don’t really have anything like that.”

Trinity Lutheran Church in Carrington will serve as the event hub for the tour. Volunteers will sell tickets and provide maps for the tour and offer refreshments.

For people who cannot attend there are raffle tickets for $1 or six for $5 and available at the Carrington Health Center Gift Shop or from any Carrington Health Center Auxiliary member. The raffle items, furniture, decorations, gift certificates and quilted table toppers will be on display until the 6 p.m. drawing at the church.