By Selah Vetter, Staff Writer
The approaching Christmas season means that festivities have begun, which include touring local Birmingham homes this year. Samford University’s Legacy League is hosting its ninth consecutive Christmas Home Tour and Holiday Gift Market.
Local homeowners in Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills will open their houses to the public on Dec. 12.
“All will be beautifully decorated for Christmas in ways that reflect the individual tastes and traditions of the families who live in the homes,” Jeanne Westmoreland said.
The Samford Legacy League is an organization established for members of the Samford community. The Legacy League gives deserving Samford students scholarships. These scholarships are funded through donations and fundraisers like the Christmas Home Tour and Holiday Gift Market. Local businesses in the Birmingham community, such as Arc Reality and First US Bank, sponsor this event.
“The Christmas Home Tour is one of our major fundraisers each year, and an event which requires the involvement of over 250 volunteers,” Director of Development Sharon Smith said.
Not only will local homeowners join this fundraiser, but Andrew and Jeanne Westmoreland will open their house to the public. “Guests will enjoy scrumptious seasonal fare at the Samford president’s home, which is the anchor of the tour each year,” Smith said.
Jeanne Westmoreland said she is honored to join the Legacy League for another year.
“This is the ninth annual tour and the president’s home has been a part of the tour each year,” Westmoreland said.
The president’s house is located next to the First Church of the Nazarene. This is where the Holiday Gift Market will occur. There will be twenty vendors selling items from jewelry to candles. Vendors include Kendra
Scott and Crave Candle Company. Tickets for the Christmas Home Tour can be purchased online or at the door of the featured homes. Addresses for these houses are listed online. The homes will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2-8 p.m. The Holiday Gift Market is from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.