Bossier couple shows holiday spirit with Christmas Tour of Homes

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Jerry and Linda Hayes are one of the stops on this year’s 25th Annual Quota International Club of Bossier City Christmas Tour of Homes. The couple lives at 324 Tanyard Trace near Benton and has almost every room decorated for the holiday.

Jerry and Linda Hayes are one of five homes on this year’s 25th Annual Quota International Club of Bossier City Christmas Tour of Homes

Sean Green
sean@bossierpress.com

Jerry and Linda Hayes love Christmas. So much so, that they go all out when it comes to decorating their home.

“Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year,” said Linda. “It’s a time to have blessings and be thankful.”

The couple is going all out this year, as their home at 324 Tanyard Trace in Kingston Plantation near Benton will be a part of the 2016 25th Annual Quota International Club of Bossier City Christmas Tour of Homes.

This is the couple’s first year on the Tour, as one of five homes. Jerry admitted, “We don’t really know what to expect,” with a hearty laugh. “I know everyone always wants to a see house that is decorated a lot.”

And that is what attendees for this year’s event will certainly get at the Hayes’s home.

The house is hard to miss as its holly jolly exterior stands alone from neighbors. The inside has almost every room decorated with poinsettias, Santas, the Nativity Scene, trees, and even the patio features wreaths and a giant light up reindeer. Jerry’s personal office and game room, lovingly called “the Roost,” even has some cheer with a mini Christmas tree.

“When it comes time (to decorate), we’re ready to go. This is the best season and this (season) just seems to come and go quickly if you don’t put it out and enjoy it,” Linda said.

Although this is their first time taking part in the Tour of Homes, the Hayes are no stranger to hosting visitors and spreading Christmas cheer. They’ve hosted their Sunday School class from Cypress Baptist Church, which features around 50-60 people, and often let any interested people take a peek inside.

“A lot of older people don’t decorate anymore and they enjoy coming to see our decorations,” said Linda.

The couple are especially proud now that they have this home to show off. Despite wanting to go all out for Christmas, they previously lived in Cotton Valley, which meant a round trip of approximately 125 miles for most visitors, making a trip to their home a challenge, to say the least.

“We had a nice home, but we didn’t have this home,” said Linda. “Now that we have this home, people can come over. We always had a big tree, but we didn’t put out a lot of decorations because people didn’t come out to the country.”

“I just love living here.”

Built in 2013, this will be the couple’s fourth Christmas in their home.

“It’s been decorated up every year,” said Linda.

And they consistently add to their decor each year, peaking this year with being a stop on the Tour of Homes.

The Bossier City Quota Club’s 2016 Christmas Tour of Homes will be the event’s 25th anniversary. Slated for December 4, tickets are $20 and will be attached to a program which includes a map, along with pictures and descriptions of the homes. You may purchase your tickets in advance by calling Jane Law at 868-7961 or Marlene Harner at 470-4116, or at any of the homes the day of the tour.

The homes on this year’s tour in addition to Jerry and Linda’s abode are:

  • Ken & Elizabeth Lowery, 5471 Modica Lott Road
  • Leo & Debbie Stevens, 323 Hunters hollow, (Lakewood Subdivision)
  • Jack & Edra Campbell 5015 Willow Chase, (Woodlake  South)
  • Don & Hedy Hebert 4816 Woodberry Lane, (Woodlake South)

The homeowner and ticket holders have shared in the giving of up to eight $1,000 scholarships each year to students in their master’s program at LSU Health and Science, the Bossier Sheriff’s Operation Blessing program, equipment and supplies to students in the deaf and hard of hearing classes, Bossier Council on Aging, CADA, and many more.

“It’s for a good cause and I hope everyone will come out and support the Quota Club,” said Jerry. “I hope they enjoy meeting us and getting to see what we’ve done.”

“I hope everyone enjoys the Christmas season and what it’s all about — it’s about our faith in Jesus Christ and it’s his birthday,” he added.