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5 Fun Facts About December 25 In Virginia History

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1. Christmas celebrations were banned in Virginia during the 1600s due to their association with Catholicism. It wasn't until the 1800s that the holiday became widely celebrated in Virginia.

2. During the Civil War, Confederate soldiers celebrated Christmas with makeshift gifts and decorations. On Christmas Day in 1864, a group of Union soldiers surprised a Confederate battalion in an attack in Galveston, Virginia.

3. On December 25, 1982, the Virginia General Assembly officially recognized Jamestown as the first permanent English settlement in America. The resolution declared December 25 as "Jamestown Day" in Virginia.

4. In 2010, snow fell across much of Virginia on Christmas Day, marking the first white Christmas in the state in over ten years. Some areas even received up to 18 inches of snowfall, causing travel disruptions.

5. Virginia-born George Washington famously crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Day in 1776, leading a surprise attack on Hessian soldiers during the Revolutionary War. The bold move helped turn the tide of the war in favor of the American colonists.
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