POINT PLEASANT — Many Christmas gifts today seem to focus around technology and electricity, but several locals are preparing once again to show others how the holiday was celebrated in the past without today’s luxuries.
On Saturday, December 1, those with the Fort Randolph Committee will be presented “Christmas on the Frontier.” Beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 5 p.m., re-enactors will be portraying how those living in the 18th century celebrated the Christmas season at Fort Randolph. There is no charge for admission.
According to Barbara Kemper, Secretary and Treasurer with the Fort Randolph Committee, Christmas was very different in those times, saying it was very basic. Kemper also said there weren’t any Christmas trees and any presents would consist of items that one would need for life on the frontier.
“It was nothing fancy whatsoever,” Kemper said.
Kemper also stated this event has been held for around 10 years now, as well as discussing why the committee continues to present historical re-enactments throughout the year.
“We try to teach people about how it used to be in the past with all our events,” Kemper said about the various events. Kemper also said it’s a great way to learn about history when one can experience it first-hand.
“It’s more fun than reading about it in a book,” Kemper added. “Come out and learn how Christmas was and how much it’s changed.”
“Christmas on the Frontier” is also the last event of the year held at Fort Randolph. Kemper added that the fort will re-open again next year, when the committee presents the annual event of the Siege at Fort Randolph, which is set for May 17-19, 2013.
For more information on Fort Randolph, visit www.fortrandolph.org.