Christmas Eve at Mount Vernon
I spent an enjoyable Christmas Eve with my family at Mount Vernon this year. The weather was crisp and clear and a fair amount of snow remained on the ground from the blizzard. The trails turned a bit slushy under the bright December sun but the snow-covered scenery was absolutely beautiful.
Keep reading for more photos of Mount Vernon in the snow.
The theater in Mount Vernon's Ford Orientation Center showed a short movie called "We Fight to be Free," which had several scenes set during Christmas Eve of 1776, as George Washington planned his attack on Trenton. During 1776, a major winter storm moved up the East Coast on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dropping almost two feet of snow across the region. The storm made it very difficult for Washington's tattered forces to make the long march and crossing of the Delaware River, but it also contributed to an element of surprise when they attacked the Hessian forces.
One of my highlights during a visit to Mount Vernon is a colonial-style meal at the Mount Vernon Inn. The food is good and the tavern was decorated beautifully for the holiday season. The inn's peanut and chestnut soup is my favorite.
If you visit Mount Vernon during the holiday season, check out Aladdin, the Christmas camel. Aladdin comes to Mount Vernon during the Christmas season. George Washington had an interest in exotic animals and brought a camel to Mount Vernon in the 18th century to entertain his guests. The tradition continues today.
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