It’s Thursday! It’s time to share some doors! What did I capture this week? Let’s find out.
This is the last edition of 2017, as our gracious host, Norm, is taking the next two weeks off, so I wanted to make it a good one. I hope you enjoy these historic holiday doors, especially since I waded through piles of goose poop to capture these images. What I won’t do for you people…
I live near Philadelphia, ergo I am surrounded by history. You may know the story of how General George Washington, who went on to become the U.S.A.’s first president, traversed the treacherous Delaware River with his soldiers during the Revolutionary War. They did so on Christmas Day. (Mr. Washington led his troops to do so to surprise the enemies at the Battle of Trenton the next day. Read more about the history here.)
Every year then, people who love the history… buffs, we’ll call them… dress up like the people who were in that boat and reenact the event. Every. Year. For the past 64 years. Have I ever seen this event live? No. (A) It’s cold. (B) I’m fine with just reading about some history, thank you very much. (C) Did I mention it’s cold?
The boat is out on the park grounds, ready to go. Unfortunately, unlike when Washington crossed, the River is at historic lows and the reenactors could possibly walk but not float across (they’ll stay on shore if need be). To accent the upcoming historic pageantry, I noticed that all of the historic houses in the village have wreaths on the doors (courtesy of local businesses, whose signs I tried not to show in my photos… I did not always succeed). How festive!
So put on your powdered wigs! Without further ado, it’s time for some Historic Holiday Doors!
You may be wondering how Washington knew where to cross. Well, he started in Pennsylvania, in the town of Washington Crossing. And he ended up in New Jersey, in the town of… anyone… anyone… Washington Crossing. And all without a GPS!
Hey, how about a slideshow!
“That’s my boat.” ~attributed to George Washington (before Forrest Gump). One wonders how it sailed with that banner hanging off the side.
If Washington and his men were as talented (or perhaps holy) as the geese below, they could have walked across the Delaware instead of taking the boat.
Yes, that’s ice. Twas icy when Washington crossed, too, so some historic accuracy there.
If you want more history or the flavor of what the event is like, check out this video from 2011, complete with a George Washington with a wicked Philadelphia accent.
Of course, I’m happy General Washington was successful because I’m here! In ‘Murica! And that means I don’t have to pay attention to the nonsensical British monarchy… not even Prince Harry and Megan Markle. So thanks, Mr. Washington, for a pretty awesome Christmas gift — winning a battle that led to winning the war that led to ‘Murica.
Sheesh. Now I’m feeling all patriotic. Oh, well, I’m going with it. (Should we stand? Uh, no, I don’t think so.)
bop bop bop bop
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea… to… shining sea…..
Happy Holidays to you! Even if they’re not this historic.