John Avlon for The Daily Beast: How George Washington Celebrated Christmas

December 25th, 2013

The Daily Beast
by John Avlon
December 25, 2013

The father of our nation knew how to throw a Christmas party.

I’m talking thousands of pounds of bacon, gallons of homemade rye whiskey, a massive “great cake” and what he called an “attack of Christmas pies.” Everyone got four days off to celebrate at his Mount Vernon plantation and while there was no regular scheduled appearance by Santa, there was at least one recorded visit by a camel.

But the abundant Christmas feasts of Washington’s later years were preceded by some years that were lean on Christmas cheer.

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