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Christmas 1776

There was no celebration for the Continental Army on Christmas Day 1776.  After debilitating defeats to the British in New York, and subsequently being driven out of New Jersey, morale was at an all time low for the American troops.  Food was scarce. Supplies were non-existent.  The weather was treacherous.  Yet that night, December 25th, George Washington marched 2,400 men to the shores of the Delaware River.  A winter night of fierce severity, which the mind cannot comprehend, was followed by a morning of celebration as this same demoralized army took captive the enemy troops at Trenton.  Perhaps as we sit in warmth, comfort, abundance, and joy alongside our family and loved ones on Christmas night, we — as Americans — should stop and reflect on the sacrifice offered in 1776.

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