Lindbergh High Parent Group slates 38th annual Holiday House Tour

For more than 30 years, Lindbergh Schools resident Lois Decker has started her holiday season the same way: She and a group of friends tour some of the area’s most beautiful homes on the LHSMC Parent Group Holiday House Tour.

“It’s a great way to get you in the holiday spirit,” she stated in a district news release. “It’s been fun all these years, and I plan to continue to go for years to come.”

This year’s tour, the 38th annual for the group formerly known as the Lindbergh High School Mothers Club, takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. The theme, “New Traditions,” reflects the idea of adding some fresh elements to the mix while keeping the basics that have made the tour an annual ritual for groups like Decker and her friends.

“It’s an opportunity for parents who are new to the district to join in and start their own traditions of establishing friendships and helping their children’s school,” Kim Nester, tour co-chair, stated in the release.

Proceeds from the Holiday House Tour allow the Parent Group to continue academic support to Lindbergh High School students and staff, including college scholarships, teacher and classroom grant support, and the student Renaissance program.

The five homes on this year’s tour will, as in years past, offer an array of one-of-a-kind features and special holiday decorations, but new this year is the opportunity to connect with other tour-goers via social media: The parent group has set up accounts on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter — “LHSMC House Tour 2013” — so tour-goers can “like,” “favorite,” “tweet” and “follow” things they will see on the tour.

“It’s a fun way to discover some features unique to the tour homes and spark some creative ideas for your own decorating,” Carol Treppler, tour co-chair, stated in the release

Homes on this year’s tour include one that was completely renovated by the current owners, the home of a wedding florist, the home of a designer who has a flair for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, a custom ranch designed to be handicap accessible and a grand, yet cozy home perfect for a family of seven.

Besides the tour, a shopping boutique will be open to tour guests and the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Concord Elementary, 10305 Concord School Road. Booths will feature distinctive items from more than 40 crafters and vendors. This year, those who purchase tickets before Dec. 8 will be entered into a random drawing for a $25, $15 or $10 shopping spree at the boutique. You must bring your numbered ticket to the Tour Ticket Table at Concord Elementary on the day of the tour to find out if you’re a winner.

Instead of the brunch that has traditionally been offered as an option, this year food trucks will be parked at Concord School to provide sustenance for tour-goers and shoppers.

Tickets for the tour cost $20 and are on sale now through Dec. 6 online at

and in person at the Lindbergh Schools Administration Office, 5000 S. Lindbergh Blvd, and through Dec. 7 at Baked Goods Pottery, 11557 Gravois Road, and Crestwood Coin & Jewelers, 10021 Watson Road. Tickets will be available the day of the tour at Concord Elementary School.

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