History of the First American Christmas: 1776

Washington Crossing the Delaware, December 25, 1776

It is called the first “American” Christmas because the Declaration of Independence was ratified the previous summer, essentially “divorcing” America from England and declaring our country an independent nation.

Admittedly, at that time, the country had not yet created a solid form of government. The Articles of Confederation had not yet been produced until 1781, nor the subsequent…

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Bill Petro

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