Here comes yet another, antsy Christmas post; duck! Actually, this post won’t be on Christmas today; it’ll be on Christmas over forty years ago. On December 25, throughout history, there were thousands of events, births, and deaths. Of course, the most famous birth on that 25th was of course the birth of Jesus, in Bethlehem.
Yes, it’s history-buff time. We’ll start with the year 1223. St. Francis of Assisi was the first person to assemble a nativity scene.
I will now skip forward to the early history of the United States of America. December 25, 1776, George Washington took his troops into a few boats, and poled across the icy Delaware river to attack King George’s troops in Trenton, New Jersey. (I am led to believe that when he opened the door to attack, George Washington yelled, “Merry Christmas!”)
And in 1818(memorable year), a choir from the church of St. Nikolaus in Oberdorf, Austria sang “Silent Night” for the first time in history.
In the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, the Eggnog Riot took place in the year of 1826.
1914, in WWI, German and British troops on the Western Front made a Christmas truce, and temporarily ceased fire.
To skip forward once again, in 2003, the Beagle 2 probe disappeared just before it was scheduled to land. What a Christmas present, huh?
Well, those are the more interesting points of Christmas. They are courtesy of Wikipedia, and you can read the full list of events, births, and deaths at this link. By the way, resist your temptations to write the outcome of your most recent date on Wikipedia. Most people don’t want to see that.
I might do another post later today, but that’s it, I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and merry Christmas!