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5 Fun Facts About December 25 In Indiana History

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1. Christmas Day Blizzard of 2004: December 25, 2004, was not a typical Christmas Day in Indiana. The state was hit with a massive blizzard, which knocked down power lines, closed highways, and disrupted air travel. Widespread power outages affected hundreds of thousands of people across the state, forcing many to spend Christmas Day in the cold and dark.

2. First Christmas Service in Indiana: The first Christmas service in Indiana was held on December 25, 1801, in the Northwest Territory (which included Indiana at the time). The Rev. John B. Finley, a Methodist circuit rider, led the service in a log cabin in the town of Vincennes.

3. The 1864 Christmas Eve Dinner: On December 24, 1864, during the Civil War, Union soldiers stationed in New Albany, Indiana, sat down to a Christmas Eve dinner. They enjoyed roast beef, potatoes, gravy, pickles, and cake, all prepared by local women. The soldiers were grateful for the meal, which gave them a break from the rigors of war.

4. A White Christmas: While a white Christmas is not always guaranteed in Indiana, there have been many years when the state has been covered in snow on December 25. The snowiest Christmas on record was in 1909, when Indianapolis received 11.5 inches of snow.

5. Indianapolis Colts Play on Christmas Day: In recent years, the Indianapolis Colts have played several games on Christmas Day. In 2004, the Colts beat the San Diego Chargers 34-31 in a thrilling game. And in 2016, the Colts lost to the Oakland Raiders 33-25 in another Christmas Day matchup.
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