BREAKING: The American Christmas You Need To Tell Your Family About [Details Here]

Christmas can mean a lot of very important things for different people, depending on who you ask. Many of us focus our day around the birth of Jesus, others are more concerned about giving love and gifts away with reckless abandon.

For George Washington, Christmas meant saving America’s future.

The year 1776 was coming to a close, and just a few months earlier, General George Washington’s troops had been pushed out of New York City by British troops and forced to retreat south. Washington’s men had been chased south through New Jersey and Delaware and were now holding Philadelphia, the Continental capital.

With enlistments set to expire on December 31, 1776, Washington didn’t have much time before he would be facing the prospect of a greatly reduced army. He had to act fast.

George began making his move in early December, when he led his troops across the Delaware River, capturing all watercraft along a 75-mile stretch in order to deter the British from crossing.

Still, British officials didn’t feel threatened, and instead of readying for battle, the redcoats moved into winter quarters in Trenton, New Jersey.

Washington knew he wasn’t going to get a better opportunity to surprise the British than this, and began his attack on December 25, 1776.

Washington’s forces were split into three divisions, with George himself personally leading one of them. The three divisions crossed the Delaware river at three different locations (maybe you’ve seen the painting), despite the horrendous weather and massive blocks of ice impeding their every move.

Once landing, Washington’s men ignored the fact that they didn’t have appropriate warm weather clothing or boots, and marched nine miles to meet the Hessian soldiers on the morning of December 26.

An overwhelming American victory followed soon afterward, and the rest is history. The 900 British soldiers (with their weapons and rations) that were captured proved invaluable to America’s effort, and Washington only lost two soldiers in the attack.

Washington became a hero almost overnight, and his legacy lives on until this very day.

Merry Christmas, America.

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