A large light-up Santa Claus standing next to the entrance door adorned in a beautiful Christmas wreath welcomes all those who visit the classic Colonial home of Steve and Jenny Serfass, both attorneys in the Palmerton/Carbon County area. Steve won the November 2009 election to become Carbon County's third judge of common pleas.
They have two children, Ben, 8 and Hannah, 4.
Their home was one of the homes featured on the Palmerton Concourse Club's Christmas House Tour.
This brick home was built in 1929 on a corner lot and was originally the home of the Bleiler family. Ira Bleiler was an executive for the New Jersey Zinc Company and he also drew up the plans for the Palmerton Memorial Park along with the plans for the community swimming pool.
Jenny and Steve have the original blueprints of the home and proudly displayed them, along with their homey Christmas decorations.
Entering the front door leads into a nice open and roomy foyer. The first thing visitors notice is the graceful stairway decorated in holiday greenery and lights.
The Serfass family are the third owners of the home and have kept the house true to its original beauty.
Except for the kitchen that is.
"It was a very small kitchen. I like to cook and bake so I really wanted another kitchen," said Jenny.
A new "state of the art" kitchen was built by tearing out the wall between the old kitchen and the attached garage and making one large modern kitchen. The new area includes a breakfast nook with large windows that overlooks the back yard.
"I really wanted to salvage something from the original kitchen to be put into the new one. The cabinets didn't work. There were some great glass cabinets but that didn't work either so the only thing we could use were the original glass knobs from the cabinets. Ironically there were just enough for each of the new cabinet doors," added Jenny.
This beautiful new kitchen was the perfect place to start a new Christmas tradition.
"Our son Ben signed up to join a Christmas Cookie Club at school for four Wednesday afternoons after school. Our daughter, Hannah, was so disappointed that she couldn't go, too. I asked her if she would like to have her very own Christmas Cookie Club and she got very excited about it. So, for the last three Wednesdays, while Ben is at his Christmas Cookie Club, Hannah and two of her friends, make Christmas cookies at our house. We all are having so much fun," said Jenny.
For the Serfass family, Christmas is a time for family and their home reflects that. The living room has a beautifully decorated live Christmas tree hung with family favorite ornaments, including the tree topper.
"It's a light-up Santa Claus that my grandmother had on her tree every Christmas when my mother was small. Now I have it," said Steve.
Under the tree runs a "Polar Express" electric train. The "Polar Express" book lays on the coffee table, ready for another family reading of a message to "believe."
"It's our favorite Christmas story," says Steve.
Except for the real Christmas story and to pay homage to it, the Serfass family displays a lovely nativity set in the dining room.
"Christmas to us is seeing the kids' excitement and having family and friends visit and observing all the traditions," says Jenny.
"To me, it's sharing in the holiday with friends and family. I look forward to Christmas Day, the smells throughout the season and creating great memories for the kids," says Steve.