What if a little holiday cheer could help build playgrounds and send kids to college? Thanks to the Dunedin Youth Guild, it can. The Dunedin Youth Guild awards over $30,000 in grants and scholarships annually, and a lot of this money comes from their annual Holiday Tour of Homes.
Every year, on the first Saturday of December, a select few Dunedin residents open their homes to the general public so we may admire their holiday decorations. With the purchase of a $20 ticket you can tour beautiful homes throughout Dunedin and enjoy afternoon tea in the Our Lady of Lourdes School Cafeteria.
I have been a spectator at this event in the past, but this year I came as a photographer. Camera in hand, I managed to visit four private homes, First United Methodist church, and the Dunedin Fine Art Center; all were participants in this year’s Holiday Tour of Homes.
The homes were beautiful and festive, and I should have counted all the Christmas trees. They were everywhere. Here’s a sampling of them:
But this event is about a lot more than just Christmas trees. It’s also about Christmas table settings, reindeer, Santa, and nutcrackers.
Most importantly, the Dunedin Youth Guild’s Holiday Tour of Homes is about ensuring that the youth of Dunedin get the best education possible for years to come.