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A Christmas Gift to the Nation

December 25, 2007

The birth of the United States owes much to one Christmas night 231 years ago. On December 25, 1776, George Washington famously crossed the icy Delaware River and led his small, ragtag Continental Army to victory over Hessian troops garrisoned in Trenton, New Jersey. This first triumph against the British would turn the tide of the Revolutionary War.

Christmas in Colonial America was a special and sacred time, and the sacrifice of those courageous men that night captures the true spirit of the holiday. Mr. Crumpet and Orange Bear salute the brave individuals who are making the same sacrifice far from home this Christmas.

OK, so it didn’t really happen this way:
General George Washington strikes a pose, tall hat and all, in the classic 1851 Emmanuel Leutze painting.

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