Think everyone spends Christmas morning opening presents? Think again. For the last 65 years, a group of re-enactors makes an annual crossing across the Delaware River at Washington Crossing in Pennsylvania on Christmas just as Washington did in 1776.
During the American Revolution, General George Washington crossed the Delaware with 2,400 troops in the middle of the night. He wanted to surprise a force celebrating Christmas in Trenton, New Jersey. At night, on an icy and freezing river, Washington and his troops crossed the river to the surprise of the unprepared soldiers. General Washington captured 1,000 Hessian troops. Washington, unfortunately, was unable to keep Trenton but news of the battle raised the hopes of American colonists.
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