One might wonder what Christmas and American patriotism have in common. That’s easy when you think about our history. There have been times in our past when hardships have been so great that it required a lot of courage to see past the difficulties and hope for the future But from the very beginning of our nation our leaders have chosen to celebrate Christmas.
In December of 1777 our Revolutionary Army led by General George Washington was wintering in the countryside of Pennsylvania at a place called Valley Forge. The men were cold, hungry and poorly clothed and sheltered. On that snowy Christmas Day they were still living in tents. Washington knew they missed their families. He wanted the soldiers to have some kind of Christmas. They had a Christmas dinner of “fowl cooked in a broth of turnips, cabbage and potatoes.” Even with such a skimpy meal and miserable living conditions they celebrated the holiday with singing and telling stories.
Amazingly, Christmas of 1777 was a turning point in the Revolutionary War. In the face of terrible suffering their spirits lifted. They began to work together to become the army that would win our independence.
Courage like this has been repeated countless times in our history. This is one of the reasons we have many Patriotic Christmas Cards at CardsDirect. They remind us of the sacrifices our citizens have continued to make so that we can remain free.