Mount Vernon continues 'Christmas Camel' tradition

Saturday - 12/24/2011, 7:29pm EST

WASHINGTON - If you are looking for something to do this Christmas day, the former home of a president is open and hosting a special visitor.

In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings for a camel to live on the grounds of Mount Vernon to delight his guests during Christmas.

And 224 years later, the tradition of the "Christmas Camel" continues at Mount Vernon, with Aladdin, the camel, playing the part.

Also for Christmas day only, visitors can see the third floor of the mansion where Martha Washington lived after her husband dies. She never returned to their shared room and instead lived the rest of her years in a garret chamber, which was just refurbished four years ago.

Mount Vernon is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas day and every day of the year.

Aladdin will stick around through Jan. 6.

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