The Christmas season will get a jump start on Dec. 4 when the Andrews House, the Women's City Club and the Northwest Neighborhood Association sponsor a tour of historic homes and a silent auction of decorated artificial Christmas trees.

The Christmas season will get a jump start on Dec. 4 when the Andrews House, the Women's City Club and the Northwest Neighborhood Association sponsor a tour of historic homes and a silent auction of decorated artificial Christmas trees.

Proceeds from the events will be split with 20 percent going to the Delaware Arts Castle, 20 percent to the Women's City Club, 20 percent going to Andrews House and the remainder being distributed among local charities in Delaware.

"Last year, I think we split it up among 15 different organizations," said organizer Debbie Aburmaieleh.

The day will begin at 9 a.m., when Andrews House, 39 W. Winter St., opens its annual Christmas Cupboard, a bake sale of homemade cookies, homemade foods and stained glass items.

Also planned is a silent auction of items such as gift certificates, sporting tickets, a television, a week's stay at an Arizona condominium and an overnight "Night at the Museum" party at Ohio Wesleyan University's Ross Museum for two adults and six children.

Beginning at noon, the Women's City Club will hold a silent auction of decorated artificial Christmas trees. The auction will be open until 9 p.m., to allow time for everyone to complete the tour of historic homes, which ends at 8 p.m., and still make their bids on the trees. The trees sponsored by local businesses will have themes such as Christmas Village, Have Yourself a Merry Literary Christmas, Poinsettia Galore, Princess Power, OWU, White Christmas, Birdland and Merry-Go-Round.

The biennial Historic Holiday Home Tour, sponsored by the Northwest Neighborhood Association, will take place Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m., and include seven Delaware homes as well as the Delaware County Historical Society at 157 E. William St.

Tickets for the tour of homes cost $15 (or $12 in groups of 10) and may be purchased online at www.delawarenna.org or at Beehive Books, 25 N. Sandusky St. They also can be purchased the day of the event at the Women's City Club, 135 N. Franklin St., where the tour will begin. Tour participants may pick up tour programs at 3:45 p.m.

Aburmaieleh, who owns the Winter Street Inn, said the Northwest Neighborhood Association includes about 180 members. They represent about half of the homes in the district bounded by William Street and Union streets and Pennsylvania and Euclid avenues.

"We are about the social aspect of the neighborhood, the camaraderie of people who own old homes," Aburmaieleh said. "We meet three or four times a year."

Among homes on the tour will be a Sears home, shipped by mail order in the 1920s.

"It came in pieces, over a thousand pieces, in the 1920s, and they had to put it together," Aburmaieleh said.

For further information, contact Aburmaieleh at (614) 406-0020.