Fort Christmas

Fort Christmas FortificationsHave you ever heard of Fort Christmas? It sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?Santa Claus at North Pole? When I first heard the name, I visualized an outpost near the North Pole
for Santa and his reindeer to protect penguins from polar bears. Fort Christmas EntranceBut, in reality, it’s a fort in Florida where construction commenced Fort Christmas Native Americanon Christmas Day back in 1837 during the Second Seminole War. Fort Christmas RiflesHowever, the war moved southward,Fort Christmas Quiltsand the fort was abandoned after just two months.Fort Christmas Cabin 2A hundred and forty years later, Fort Christmas was rebuilt  Fort Christmas Spiining Wheel by fireplaceas a living history settlement to preserve the rural heritage of Florida. Fort Christmas 3Fort Christmas Historical Park is just 45-minutes northeast of Disney WorldFort Christmas Living room and free of charge…Fort Christmas 2a place where kids can roam without fighting crowds or getting lost.Fort Christmas Green grass Rolling in the grass, Fort Christmas Catpetting the cats,Fort Christmas School room and Interpreter or chatting with the interpreters are all acceptable parts of the experience.Fort Christmas LIving roomI found it totally charming…Fort Christmas Fooda pleasant retreat back in time with a gently educational flavor,Fort Christmas farm cabinand something that could definitely counterbalance Disney mania
one afternoon if you’re in the Orlando area.Inside Fort Christmas I was particularly struck by the story of Fort Christmas
(as a response to attack that retrospectively seemed unnecessary)
because it reminded me of Fort Wilkins near Copper Harbor, Michigan,Fort Christmas Soldiers and Native America which I wrote about last September. (https://kathrynwarmstrong.wordpress.com/2015/09/04/fort-wilkins-incognito/) Fort Christmas Military ScenesIn both cases, our military responded out of fear
in a way that appeared unwarranted. Fort Christmas OuthouseI don’t want to draw any false conclusions about military strategy
from these 2 instances, Fort Christmas Alligatorbut it did make me ponder my own life and recall times I’ve responded out of fear rather than seeking God’s direction in frightening circumstances.Fort Christmas Mosquito NettingSafety lies not in self protection, but in obedience to the Lord,Fort Christmas Larderwho desires us to be at peace so that we can “serve him without fear,”Fort Christmas Hunting gearwalking “in holiness and righteousness before him.” Fort Christmas Hymn BookThat’s why God sent Jesus to us that Christmas so long ago.
We don’t need a Fort Christmas, we just need Christ, who is our fortress!

Fort Christmas BibleBlessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.” (Luke 1:68-75)

 (I took all the photos at Fort Christmas near Christmas time, 2014. The Santa cartoon is from Santatelevision.com)

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