The Steindler family is opening their 1915 home during the second weekend of the Candlelight Tour. Patrons visiting 803 W. Marvin St. will view a traditional, eclectic Christmas-themed house full of antiques.
Brenda and her husband Mike moved to Waxahachie from Houston in the spring of 2017 and hope this opportunity will help introduce themselves to the community.
“I feel like it’s kind of an introduction to me and to the people of Waxahachie and also I want to support the merchants that are downtown. It’s important to the town to have a vital downtown area,” Brenda said.
Walking through the first floor of the home, patrons will need to take a few laps around the house to really be able to appreciate the details found. While looking at a group of decorations, take the time to run your eyes through the holiday scenes Brenda has created. You’ll notice something new every time.
One thing noticeable is the number of hand-crafted ornaments. Brenda has created ornaments from pocket and dollar watches to steeping balls. She even has a tea themed tree in her dining room.
Throughout the house, Annalee Dolls are dispersed hanging on furniture or hanging out with friends. Brenda said these are the most consistent decoration she’s put up every year. It’s their hand-painted smiles and expressions that give Brenda joy during the holidays. She also said they hold sentimental value.
“I have bought them and my children have bought some for me. And I have some that my children made while at school,” Brenda said.
Another keepsake scattered around the home are enamel boxes from Santas, snowmen, reindeers, the three wise men and more. She said these hold some sentimental value as well because they remind her other her mother because she will gift one to her every year.
Brenda also collects English cottage houses and this year she created a woodland scene on the fireplace in the entryway. Another collectible for her are clocks. Through the house, on the trees, time is ticking everywhere.
When in the living room, looking at the table with the red and green Christmas village is a red home which was the first gift her husband gave to her.
On the living room mantle is a pastel Christmas village of what Brenda calls “sugar houses.”
There are seven Christmas trees in the house, but the tree in the living room is the one where they put presents under the tree. It is decorated with all glass ornaments. She said they really give a shine.
“A lot of them are really old, I’ve collected them for a long time, and I buy them from everywhere,” she said.
While looking at the tree, find a frosty, white elf. That’s Brenda’s favorite tree ornament. She said, “I’ve had that for a long, long time. Every year that’s one that I put out that I have to put in a special spot so everybody can see it and the light gets to it.”
Walking through the kitchen, of course, all of the décor is food themed. Over the years Brenda has collected enough food ornaments to decorate a food-themed Christmas tree. Hoisting the tree up is the oldest decoration in the house, which dates back to 1910. The iron tree stand, made up of angels originates from Germany.
At the end of the tour, “I hope it makes them happy and cheerful because I know the holidays can be stressful. We are also always looking for new ideas, and I hope when they come through they see something and say, ‘oh I can do that.'”