Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas Day in New Orleans, but the holiday season is far from over. In fact, today was just the first of the 12 days of Christmas which continues until 12th Night (which is also King Cake Day, the start of Carnival and Joan of Arc's birthday - all celebrated events in New Orleans - but that's blog fodder for another day.)
This week, there are special self-guided Creole Christmas Holiday Home tours of five historic French Quarter houses all dressed up for traditional Christmas back in the old days: 1850 House, Gallier House, Beauregard-Keyes House, Spring Fiesta House, and HNOC Williams' Residence. (BTW, all the homes will be also be open for their regular individual tours.)
Buy a ticket on-line or at the 1850 House at 523 St. Ann St. on Jackson Square where the tour begins and check out the stops at your own pace anytime from 9 am to 4 pm (last ticket sold at 3 pm) this Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27 and 28, 2012.
The tours are organized by and for the benefit of the Friends of the Cabildo, a charity that supports the historic state museum venues in the French Quarter and provides French Quarter tours by its trained volunteers. I'm a Friend of the Cabildo and also a fan of the Cabildo, of its Friends, of its tours, of its tour guides, and of the FOC volunteer tour guide training course.
If you've ever thought about becoming one of these FOC French Quarter Tour Guides, you have to apply for admission. The course is only offered in the spring currently, so now is a good time to check with the Friends for details and apply.