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Sunday, December 17, 2017
Press photo by Paul CmilJavien Santana gets some advice from Santa while his brother Josiah is comfortable with Mrs. Claus at the George Taylor House tree-lighting ceremony in Catasauqua Dec. 3. Press photo by Paul CmilJavien Santana gets some advice from Santa while his brother Josiah is comfortable with Mrs. Claus at the George Taylor House tree-lighting ceremony in Catasauqua Dec. 3.
Austin, Braylen and Alyna Delgado make a group request to Santa at the George Taylor House tree-lighting event.Press photos by Paul Cmil Austin, Braylen and Alyna Delgado make a group request to Santa at the George Taylor House tree-lighting event.Press photos by Paul Cmil
Tours of the George Taylor House were offered to show attendees the house decorated for Christmas and to share some history. Tours of the George Taylor House were offered to show attendees the house decorated for Christmas and to share some history.
The Christmas tree is all lit up during the Dec. 3 event. The Christmas tree is all lit up during the Dec. 3 event.

All ready for the holidays

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Tree lighting at George Taylor House features encampment, tours, hospitality

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.