The Balanced Guy…Christmas Day Crossing

Looking for something a bit off the usual path to do with the family on Christmas Day? If you’re in the NJ/PA area why not try attending the Annual Christmas Day Crossing at Washington Crossing State Park in PA commemorating the 1776 Christmas Day crossing by General George Washington, the Continental Army, and militia. From here, they marched to Trenton where they took the British and Hessians by surprise and captured not only the barracks and city of Trenton but also the imagination of the American people and reinvigorated what had been a failing war.

The reenactment opens (fortunately for us and the actors) at 11 AM with the crossing commencing at 1 PM. This allows the kids to wake up (at 6 AM or sooner no doubt), find that Santa has visited and open their presents before you get them dressed and take a drive to watch the Crossing. Washington and his men were not so lucky as they crossed during the dead of night in a storm – we should feel fortunate they were so committed to the ideals many Americans today unfortunately often take for granted.

The writer of The Balanced Guy, Roman Horoszewski, is not particularly balanced but he’s definitely trying to be. He makes the effort by not only doing “guy stuff” but also spending time with his three sons and wife while attempting to remain informed about the world around him. He and his family live in the Princeton, NJ area.  His blog is @

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