In 1740, the Washington house burned down on Christmas Eve and the family celebrated Christmas in the detached kitchen. That couldn't have been much fun.
|Washington's Kitchen near Fredricksburg|
|Junius Brutus Stearns depicts The Marriage of George Washington to Martha Custis|
Christmas 1775 Martha traveled to Cambridge, Massachsetts and the Battle of Trenton was fought in 1776. In 1777, it was winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. In 1779, it was winter quarters at Morristown, New Jersey. Martha was with George that winter.
|Ford Mansion at Morristown - Washington's headquarters|
Christmas 1781, Washington was in Philadelphia. In 1783, Washington resigned his commission and went home to Mount Vernon. In 1789, Washington was president of the United States. In 1797 and 1798, George and Martha were at home. These were his last two Christmases.
"George Washington at Christmas" on mountvernon.org was the source for this post.