Old Christmas from Dutch Cabin

To the Washington County Militia,
I hope this finds everyone well and joyful in the midst of the holiday season. Many thanks to those who helped out at the Carter Mansion. Both evenings were most enjoyable, and a good time was had by all.
To the Washington County Militia,
For our January Muster we will be presenting “Old Christmas”. In colonial days Old Christmas was celebrated on January 6th, 12 days after Dec. 25th. It had to do with the calendar change in the 1750s, which removed 12 days from the old calendar. Some people continued to use the old calendar and so holidays were celebrated 12 days after the fact. This is where the 12 days of Christmas came into existence.
For our program we try to have each cabin set up for Christmas in a different culture present on the 18th century frontier. Last time, for instance, we had – Tavern: Scottish Talbot House: English # 3: Irish # 4: German # 5: Dutch
This is what we have for this coming year so far –
# 3: Irish – Bob McCroskey & Tony DeVault # 4: German – Ramona Invidiato & Mike Coon # 5: Dutch – Chad Bogart
The Tavern, the Talbot House are open for interpretation. Please let me know if you would like to present a specific culture in one of these cabins.
I wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Happy New Year,
Major Bogart

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