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    Melissa Reed (left) and Trish Kristoff indulging in a centuries-old tradition at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)


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    Darren Murphy, right, watches as his girlfriend, Janetta Deppa of Washington, D.C. is greeted by Aladin the Camel as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)


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    Historic Trades Interpreters Melissa Reed, left, and Trish Kristoff prepares to melt chocolate as they work to make drinking chocolate using 18-century techniques as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)


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    A visitor walks past a statue of George Washington flanked by two Christmas trees during Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)


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    The Mount Vernon Mansion can be seen on the great lawn during Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)


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    Tony Zecca of Seattle, Wa. is greeted by Aladin the Camel as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)


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    Darren Murphy, right, watches as his girlfriend, Janetta Deppa of Washington, D.C. is greeted by Aladin the Camel as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)


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    Aladin the Camel stands in a pen on the great lawn as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)


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    Gingerbread houses made by fourth graders at Fort Belvoir Elementary School are on display as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)


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