Residents Deck the Halls for ‘Spirit of Christmas’ Home Tour

A luminario lit driveway leads up to the home of Rick and Lori Young.

BRAWLEY — Christmas spirits were high this year on Sycamore Drive and West H Street in Brawley for the sixth annual Woven Spirit of Christmas Home Tour Tuesday night.

Four different hostesses in Brawley decked the halls for the Christmas season, opening their homes for Woven tours. Every nook and cranny was filled with the red and green of Christmas cheer, along with festive snacks for guests enjoying the tour.  The tour was made accessible with all four locations in walking distance from each other.

“We are very grateful and blessed to have the support of the hosts and the community,” said El Centro Woven co-director Betty Predmore.

The Spirit of Christmas Home Tour was started six years ago with the help of homeowners Lori Young and Debbie Cameron.  At the time, Young and Cameron were already doing a home-tour fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club and were inspired to do something similar for Woven when fundraiser ideas were being considered.  They approached Brawley Woven co-director Stacie Chandler with the idea to do the same for Woven and it took off from there.

Since that talk six years ago, the event has grown every year.  Many make the house tour a Christmas family or ladies night out tradition.  Young and Cameron themselves have both hosted multiple times for the Christmas Home Tour, including this year for Young.

“I’m just really proud of Woven and what they have accomplished,” said Young.

This year 200 tickets were pre-sold before the event along with addition ones being sold at the doors.  All the money raised during the night goes towards the work Woven does for the Imperial Valley community.

“Woven does an amazing job helping the community,” said Ann Northcutt, an El Centro resident who attends the house tour every year with her friend Lynn Marila.

“We love to see the homes, they’re beautiful and they promote the Christmas season,” said Marila, “It’s lovely that these women open their homes and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas.”

Woven’s next big fundraiser will be their purse auction in April.