All ready for the holidays
The slight chill in the air made it feel like Christmas was only moments away, despite it being only Dec. 3 — the night of the George Taylor House’s Christmas tree-lighting event. Before the ceremonies began, Bishop James McIver invited children to come to Revolution Church for a round of arts and crafts in a warm space.
Catasauqua has a unique Christmas experience because the George Taylor House setting adds a different dimension to the borough’s celebration. This year’s tree lighting had an encampment by Revolutionary War re-enactors.
“We are gathered around the campfire after the severe losses suffered in the battle of Fort Washington in Manhattan,” said the volunteer’s leader, Chris Black.
The camp was the same size as the Revolutionary Army’s basic fighting unit. They all gathered around a campfire with a pot large enough to serve everyone a meal.
Catasauqua Borough Mayor Barbara Schlegel was the event’s host and flipped the switch that lit the Christmas tree.
The George Taylor House was ablaze with a dazzling display of lights and trees, an updated version of how it appeared when the Declaration of Independence was being drafted and Gen. George Washington was losing battles by the handful.
But it was on Christmas that Washington crossed the Delaware, defeated the Hessians at Trenton and turned the tide of the war.
Friends of George volunteers offered chili and hot dogs with a side of mulled wine. Girl Scouts had cookies and hot chocolate for the younger crowd.