Father Christmas comes to town

Kelsey Gerhardt Staff Writer

December 1, 2013

An iconic Christmas is best thought of with Mr. and Mrs. Claus dressed in their red and white garb with tinsel, garland, lights and chestnuts roasting on a open fire.

Father and Mother Christmas, however, bring a whole different aspect to the holiday mix.

Father and Mother Christmas will be in Cumberland Gap to spread the cheer from Christmases past.

They will be at John and Gerri Ravnum’s home located on Colwyn Street on Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

A simpler time spent with family and the true meaning of Christmas will be remembered and on display when they come to town in a 1931 Ford with a rumble seat.

Father Christmas will still listen to the children’s wish lists, but he won’t be wearing the attire that many are used to seeing him wear.

His gold and black overcoat will shine brightly under his beard as he reads the Christmas Story in the foyer of the Ravnums Victorian home.

For the last quarter of a century Mother Christmas has been reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to generations of visitors who have made the Cumberland Gap Victorian Christmas an annual tradition.

Generations have been attending this event at the Ravnums. They come to be reminded of what the holiday season is all about.

“It’s nice that Father and Mother Christmas have been able to come to town for so many years. The story’s different every year, but the message is the same. Family and giving are important this time of year and that’s what people need to be reminded of,” said Ravnum.

Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-248-1010 ext. 204, kgerhardt@civitasmedia.com.