My front yard this morning--a chilly scene. It brought to mind another chilly Christmas. On the night of December 25th, 1776, General George Washington led an outnumbered force across the Delaware River to attack the Hessian garrison at Trenton. Crossing the river proved dangerous, and a sizable portion of Washingtons force were not able to join the fight. Washington pressed on anyway, caught the Hessians by surprise on the morning of December 26th, and won a small but critical battle. After a series of defeats that put the Continental Army on the ropes in the winter of 1776, here was a victory. Here was some hope. Here was something Washington could use to recruit and retain soldiers, and critical support from the Continental Congress. Reading a bit about the life of George Washington, one can't help but notice how he was prepared for this moment throughout his life. One of many gifts to posterity by this amazing man--Christmas, 1776.