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Christmas 1776 — Stop and Give Thanks

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. (Amazingly, this was the first time Major General Nathanael Greene, who was second only to Washington, and would become known as the strategist of the American Revolution, first drew his sword in battle!)

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, and many Christmases thereafter by members of our military.

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