In addition to a live Christmas tree, Miller's decorations in her multistoried home included windows and doorways adorned with wreaths and candles. The banister on the staircase was decorated with garlands and poinsettias were placed on the hardwood landings.

As Lilia Toler admired the home's furnishings, she said her husband gave her a ticket to the tour as a Christmas present.

"He knows I love to get inside these older houses because each one is uniquely done and I get a lot of ideas that I can use in my own home," Toler said. "It's nice later to pass by these homes and know how they look inside."

In the upstairs portion of the Miller home, guests were entertained by Miller's personable 9-year-old grandson, Tony Forame, who pointed out the unique aspects of the home's structure. Charles Wentling, a woodwork hobbyist, was impressed.

"I love seeing how people have kept these old homes in their natural state and the antiques," he said. "This was a Sears kit house and probably went for about $1,800."

Betsy Welsh's home, a few doors down, was also a Sears kit home built in the 1920s. Welsh moved into the home 30 years ago.

"When I lived on Sixth Street, my house was on the tour," Welsh said. "This is the first time for this home. I waited to put it on the tour until after I'd finished remodeling my kitchen."

Like the rest of the house, Welsh's spacious kitchen was filled with Christmas decorations. There was also a set of drinking glasses on the large kitchen table, that had the entire "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" poem written on them.

At St. Mark's Church, the group listened to a member give the church's history. A rendition of St. Mark's Church was used for the Laurel Historical Society's 2013 Christmas ornament and marked the last in the organization's series of ornaments of historic churches of Laurel.

The church itself was decorated with red poinsettias, wreaths and a Christmas tree in the downstairs area. Church pastor the Rev. Robbie Morganfield said more than 100 people had toured the church by mid-afternoon.

"This is a good opportunity for people to visit us and see the church, which has a strong history and continues to play a role in the Laurel community," Morganfield said.

Most of the ticket holders were locals, but one group of 16 people came from Clarksville for the tour.

"This was the first time I've been on the tour, and it was great seeing the houses' decorations and what the owners have done with them," said Rose Fiskum. "This was worth the trip."