Home of Miranda and Jason Steadham one of 3 residences on 2015 Semmes Christmas Tour December 12, 3-7 p.m.
Three private residences will be on the 2015 Semmes Christmas Tour December 12, 3-7 p.m. One of those is the home of Miranda and Jason Steadham and their daughters, Annalea, 8, and Coley, 7.
Though Miranda's decorating technique is a "mix of items," there are some family traditions the Steadhams observe every holiday season.
For example, instead of a store-bought tree skirt, their two Christmas tree bases will be covered with hand-made quilts. Both are from Miranda's great-grandmothers, one from each of her parents' grandmothers.
Another custom that has been carried over year after year is the Santa Key. Their home has no fireplace--no chimney--so a "Santa Key" is left outside on Christmas Eve so that Santa can let himself in with his bag of gifts.
Of the traditional style, Miranda said that she does stick with mostly red and green in her holiday scheme and that her girls play a major part in helping with the decorating. The Christmas dining table is set every year with dishes given to Miranda by her mother the first year she and Jason were married. "I plan to pass them to my girls one day," she said.
A Nativity scene is "one of my most prized Christmas decorations," Miranda Steadham said. "I believe that the birth of Jesus is the real reason for the season," she said. One new, special piece that was added to the Steadhams' decorations last year bolsters that sentiment. "My dad (Bo Stokeley) made a small wooden stable with a manger, and it is the spotlight of my outdoor decorations," Miranda said.
Proceeds from the annual Semmes Christmas Tour benefit historic preservation in the city. This is the 7th year Semmes Woman's Club has presented the event, always the second Saturday in December. For more information, call Diane Moore, 251-288-7972 or Jamie Tapia, 251-331-4463.