Merry Christmas by Thomas Jefferson
"But the greatest of all reformers… was JESUS OF NAZARETH. …his LUSTRE … and DIAMOND … have the outlines of a system of the MOST SUBLIME MORALITY which has ever fallen from the lips of man. The establishment of the innocent and genuine character of this BENEVOLENT MORALITY, and rescuing it from the imputation of imposture… is a most desirable object."
On December 25, 1776, George Washington and other Continental Army heroes crossed the icy Delaware River, defeated enemy troops, and turned the tide of war. These noble souls enabled posterity to enjoy a Merry Christmas every year.
Six days before the Crossing, on December 19, Thomas Paine's The American Crisis was published. On December 23, General Washington had it read to his troops, who suffered great privations including blankets. Thomas Paine's words fueled uncommon souls:
“These are the times that try men's souls; the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”
Eternal reverence, my Heroes! Honored and adored!
The Voices, The Minds, and The Swords.