"They make a great deal of Christmas in Germany, and no doubt the Hessians will drink a great deal of beer and have a dance tonight. They will be sleepy tomorrow morning."
-wrote an officer in Washington's staff
before the Battle of Trenton
This right here was of course not how the Battle of Trenton was a victory; as the Germans were not wasted at the time. This does show though, a thought of Christmas among the Protestant Christians/Quakers who founded this country.
Their view of Christmas at the time was that Christmas is Pagan, as it was a Catholic Converted Pagan Holiday. The Catholics use to in the early times of Catholicism change Pagan Holidays into so called "Christian" Holidays to bring in more conversions.
This of course did what the Catholic Church wanted and made it so Pagans didn't have to give up their traditions to be considered a Catholic Christian. This then caused a stir among the Catholic Church as some "Protested" the Catholic Church and their "abominations" and then created the Protestants and then the Quakers.
This right here what this soldier was talking about when he said, "They make a great deal of Christmas in Germany..."
The misconception of the Battle of Trenton is that they had to sacrifice their Christmas with their family. This is totally false, the Founders believed against it and many outlawed Christmas all the way up to 1820 and at this time.
This is one the most important battles in the Revolutionary War, and this was also a War on Christmas in a way. If the Germans wouldn't have celebrated Christmas like the Colonists, then we may have lost the Revolution.