Seasonal sights and smells, all on Tour

Holiday Tour of Homes fundraiser features at homes in the Redlands, Grand Junction and Clifton.

Evelyn Brady describes some of her special tree decor such as a lodge pole as her daughter Joleen Paiz works on the tree at their Clifton home. Brady said the family spent a month this year decorating their house, which is one of the homes included in this year’s Holiday Tour of Homes.

Evelyn Brady’s home even smelled like Christmas.

The scents of cinnamon, vanilla and fresh evergreen followed Brady around like a shadow as she walked from room to room, showing off her Christmas display.

The Brady Quarter Horse Ranch in Clifton is one of five homes featured in this year’s Holiday Tour of Homes on Dec. 6 and 7, and Brady is taking her spot in this year’s tour seriously.

“We are just a Christmas family,” Brady said.

The Holiday Tour of Homes is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Grand Junction Symphony Guild, which helps fund the Grand Junction Symphony and various children’s concerts throughout the year.

Holiday Tour of Homes tickets are $15 and can be purchased at City Market, Albertsons, Safeway and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department. Tickets enable people to tour the inside of the homes, which all will be decorated differently for the holiday season.

Brady and her husband, Scott Brady, have lived in their Clifton home for four years, but decorating, baking and singing at Christmas have been family traditions for years. The family used to live in Rangely and Fruita.

This year, Brady’s whole family began decorating her home three weeks ago in preparation for the Holiday Tour of Homes. They have finishing touches to put on outside displays, Brady said.
Joleen Paiz, Breanna Skalla and Laci Haralson, Brady’s three daughters, and Brady’s sister, Sharon Stephens, helped hang wreaths, lights, candles and ornaments throughout the home.
Paiz said she and her sisters, who all live in Grand Junction, encouraged their mother to register to be a part of the Holiday Tour of Homes.

“Nobody sees this but our family, and (Mom) puts all these hours into it,” Paiz said.

Tour-goers will be greeted by thousands of lights, dozens of homemade wreaths, several Christmas trees, including a 14-foot-tall tree, and fresh Christmas plants at Brady’s ranch.

This year’s Holiday Tour of Homes also includes homes in the Redlands and one near downtown Grand Junction, event treasurer Patty Halligan said.

Normally, guild members travel around Grand Junction during the holidays to scout potential homes for future Holiday Tour of Homes, but they were pleasantly surprised to have Brady volunteer this year.

“It’s not usually how it happens,” Halligan said. “It’s the first home in a long time, if ever, in Clifton.”


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