Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas in the Shenandoah Valley, 1775

"Christmas Morning--Not a Gun is heard--Not a Shout--No company or Cabal assembled--To Day is like other Days every Way calm & temperate--people go about their daily Business with the same Readiness, & apply themselves to it with the same Industry, as the used.--"

--Diary of Philip Vickers Fithian, December 25, 1775 (from Lower Calf-Pasture, Virginia) in Journal of Philip Vickers Fithian, ed. Robert Greenlaugh Albion and Leonidas Dodson (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1934), 150.