|Washington Crossing the Delaware is an 1851 oil-on-canvas painting by |
the German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze
Washington's forces crossed on a miserable Christmas Day 1776. Morale was low. Boxing Day, December 26th--a very British holiday--involved a long cold, early morning march toward Trenton. In fact it became known as the battle of Trenton and proved to be a major win for the revolutionary forces.
Boxing day is the traditional day when employers gave holiday gifts to their employees, and for former British subjects would have been part of the annual holiday season. With the eventual success--when the colonies won independence--the new United States put off the celebration. (Our neighbors to the north still celebrate...mostly as a shopping day similar to our Black Friday).
|Battle of Trenton, by H. Charles McBarron, Jr., 1975|