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Excerpt: "Still, one cannot help imagine what would happen if the spirit shown here were caught by the nations of the world. Of course, disputes must always arise. But what if our leaders were to offer well wishes in place of warnings? Songs in place of slurs? Presents in place of reprisals? Would not all war end at once?"

A meeting of enemies on Christmas Day, 1914. (photo: Leeds University)
A meeting of enemies on Christmas Day, 1914. (photo: Leeds University)



Christmas Day, 1914

By Aaron Shepard, War Is A Crime

25 December 11

 

t is 2:00 in the morning and most of our men are asleep in their dugouts - yet I could not sleep myself before writing to you of the wonderful events of Christmas Eve. In truth, what happened seems almost like a fairy tale, and if I hadn’t been through it myself, I would scarce believe it. Just imagine: While you and the family sang carols before the fire there in London, I did the same with enemy soldiers here on the battlefields of France!

As I wrote before, there has been little serious fighting of late. The first battles of the war left so many dead that both sides have held back until replacements could come from home. So we have mostly stayed in our trenches and waited.

But what a terrible waiting it has been! Knowing that any moment an artillery shell might land and explode beside us in the trench, killing or maiming several men. And in daylight not daring to lift our heads above ground, for fear of a sniper’s bullet.

And the rain - it has fallen almost daily. Of course, it collects right in our trenches, where we must bail it out with pots and pans. And with the rain has come mud - a good foot or more deep. It splatters and cakes everything, and constantly sucks at our boots. One new recruit got his feet stuck in it, and then his hands too when he tried to get out - just like in that American story of the tar baby!

Through all this, we couldn’t help feeling curious about the German soldiers across the way. After all, they faced the same dangers we did, and slogged about in the same muck. What’s more, their first trench was only 50 yards from ours. Between us lay No Man’s Land, bordered on both sides by barbed wire - yet they were close enough we sometimes heard their voices.

Of course, we hated them when they killed our friends. But other times, we joked about them and almost felt we had something in common. And now it seems they felt the same.

Just yesterday morning - Christmas Eve Day - we had our first good freeze. Cold as we were, we welcomed it, because at least the mud froze solid. Everything was tinged white with frost, while a bright sun shone over all. Perfect Christmas weather.

During the day, there was little shelling or rifle fire from either side. And as darkness fell on our Christmas Eve, the shooting stopped entirely. Our first complete silence in months! We hoped it might promise a peaceful holiday, but we didn’t count on it. We’d been told the Germans might attack and try to catch us off guard.

I went to the dugout to rest, and lying on my cot, I must have drifted asleep. All at once my friend John was shaking me awake, saying, "Come and see! See what the Germans are doing!” I grabbed my rifle, stumbled out into the trench, and stuck my head cautiously above the sandbags.

I never hope to see a stranger and more lovely sight. Clusters of tiny lights were shining all along the German line, left and right as far as the eye could see.

"What is it?” I asked in bewilderment, and John answered, "Christmas trees!”

And so it was. The Germans had placed Christmas trees in front of their trenches, lit by candle or lantern like beacons of good will.

And then we heard their voices raised in song.

Stille nacht, heilige nacht . . . .

This carol may not yet be familiar to us in Britain, but John knew it and translated: "Silent night, holy night.” I’ve never heard one lovelier - or more meaningful, in that quiet, clear night, its dark softened by a first-quarter moon.

When the song finished, the men in our trenches applauded. Yes, British soldiers applauding Germans! Then one of our own men started singing, and we all joined in.

The first Nowell, the angel did say . . . .

In truth, we sounded not nearly as good as the Germans, with their fine harmonies. But they responded with enthusiastic applause of their own and then began another.

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum . . . .

Then we replied.

O come all ye faithful . . . .

But this time they joined in, singing the same words in Latin.

Adeste fideles . . . .

British and German harmonizing across No Man’s Land! I would have thought nothing could be more amazing - but what came next was more so.

"English, come over!” we heard one of them shout. "You no shoot, we no shoot.”

There in the trenches, we looked at each other in bewilderment. Then one of us shouted jokingly, "You come over here.”

To our astonishment, we saw two figures rise from the trench, climb over their barbed wire, and advance unprotected across No Man’s Land. One of them called, "Send officer to talk.”

I saw one of our men lift his rifle to the ready, and no doubt others did the same - but our captain called out, "Hold your fire.” Then he climbed out and went to meet the Germans halfway. We heard them talking, and a few minutes later, the captain came back with a German cigar in his mouth!

"We’ve agreed there will be no shooting before midnight tomorrow,” he announced. "But sentries are to remain on duty, and the rest of you, stay alert.”

Across the way, we could make out groups of two or three men starting out of trenches and coming toward us. Then some of us were climbing out too, and in minutes more, there we were in No Man’s Land, over a hundred soldiers and officers of each side, shaking hands with men we’d been trying to kill just hours earlier!

Before long a bonfire was built, and around it we mingled - British khaki and German grey. I must say, the Germans were the better dressed, with fresh uniforms for the holiday.

Only a couple of our men knew German, but more of the Germans knew English. I asked one of them why that was.

"Because many have worked in England!” he said. "Before all this, I was a waiter at the Hotel Cecil. Perhaps I waited on your table!”

"Perhaps you did!” I said, laughing.

He told me he had a girlfriend in London and that the war had interrupted their plans for marriage. I told him, "Don’t worry. We’ll have you beat by Easter, then you can come back and marry the girl.”

He laughed at that. Then he asked if I’d send her a postcard he’d give me later, and I promised I would.

Another German had been a porter at Victoria Station. He showed me a picture of his family back in Munich. His eldest sister was so lovely, I said I should like to meet her someday. He beamed and said he would like that very much and gave me his family’s address.

Even those who could not converse could still exchange gifts - our cigarettes for their cigars, our tea for their coffee, our corned beef for their sausage. Badges and buttons from uniforms changed owners, and one of our lads walked off with the infamous spiked helmet! I myself traded a jackknife for a leather equipment belt - a fine souvenir to show when I get home.

Newspapers too changed hands, and the Germans howled with laughter at ours. They assured us that France was finished and Russia nearly beaten too. We told them that was nonsense, and one of them said, "Well, you believe your newspapers and we’ll believe ours.”

Clearly they are lied to - yet after meeting these men, I wonder how truthful our own newspapers have been. These are not the "savage barbarians” we’ve read so much about. They are men with homes and families, hopes and fears, principles and, yes, love of country. In other words, men like ourselves. Why are we led to believe otherwise?

As it grew late, a few more songs were traded around the fire, and then all joined in for - I am not lying to you - "Auld Lang Syne.” Then we parted with promises to meet again tomorrow, and even some talk of a football match.

I was just starting back to the trenches when an older German clutched my arm. "My God,” he said, "why cannot we have peace and all go home?”

I told him gently, "That you must ask your emperor.”

He looked at me then, searchingly. "Perhaps, my friend. But also we must ask our hearts.”

And so, dear sister, tell me, has there ever been such a Christmas Eve in all history? And what does it all mean, this impossible befriending of enemies?

For the fighting here, of course, it means regrettably little. Decent fellows those soldiers may be, but they follow orders and we do the same. Besides, we are here to stop their army and send it home, and never could we shirk that duty.

Still, one cannot help imagine what would happen if the spirit shown here were caught by the nations of the world. Of course, disputes must always arise. But what if our leaders were to offer well wishes in place of warnings? Songs in place of slurs? Presents in place of reprisals? Would not all war end at once?

All nations say they want peace. Yet on this Christmas morning, I wonder if we want it quite enough.

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+54 # brenda 2011-12-25 09:11
I recall the story. But leave it to the military top brass, this kind of "spectacle" was never to be allowed to happen again, or stand to be court-martialed and convicted of fraternizing with the enemy. When I see the reasons that made it necessary to start a world war, I wag my head with sadness. Why men should be maimed for life or shot to death and blown apart by bombs and artillery shells, just because some Keiser thinks that's the way to act after a royal gets snuffed by some misguided twerp. Today, the same is true about the misguided Right wing Christians, and the misguided Right wing Muslims over some poverty stricken parched land. Oil's money has fueled the military machines in the middle east. Innocent people get killed and their relatives seek to destroy anything the contributed to that death. Vengeance and hatred fueled by religious interpretations of their gods will are the reason for the killing season. I can only write about my feelings but hopefully enough people will some day eventually err on the side of Peace and "Auld Lang Syne", contrary to their war lord's wishes.
 
 
+11 # hwatt 2011-12-25 09:28
As we are greeted with Christmas morning bombings in Afghanistan and Nigeria, it is obvious that there is no quarter given when zealots have their agenda as the prime directive.
 
 
+16 # anarchteacher 2011-12-25 09:33
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig2/denson4.html

"The Christmas Truce," by John Denson

And check out the wonderful movie, Joyeux Noel, about the 1914 Christmas Truce.
 
 
0 # Brina 2012-12-22 00:55
Excellent movie! Review and think of today it will hit you a little different after the most recent events of this past December, its time to take a history lesson!
 
 
+16 # Toploader 2011-12-25 09:42
That 1914 "Christmas Truce" is well documented, and indeed the next day groups of British and German soldiers played a few games of football (soccer); also documented is the Germans roaring with laughter when they saw evidence that the Scots wore nothing under their kilts!

A pity, though, that the photograph accompanying the article could not possibly have come from that event. You see, those German Stahlhelms (steel helmets) didn't even exist until 1916. In 1914 they were still wearing a Pickelhaube (literally, "pickaxe bonnet"; the spiked helmet mentioned in the text). Fröhliche Weihnachten, just the same! Toploader 427SC
 
 
+40 # RMDC 2011-12-25 10:02
Thanks. This is very good and needs to be understood by everyone. 99% of humans want peace and they want it very badly. It is the 1% who love war for their own psychopathic reasons -- mostly profit and the glory of power.

The ruling elites hated the fact of "fraternizing with the enemy." The term "fraternization " is interesting -- It means "brotherhood." The soldiers you write about are, indeed, brothers who have been turned against each other by ruling elites whose only wish is that people hate each other. It is easy to manipulate people who are driven by hatred. We understand that now in our world of hate and fear.

The humane end to war would be --

"I was just starting back to the trenches when an older German clutched my arm. "My God,” he said, "why cannot we have peace and all go home?”

I told him gently, "That you must ask your emperor.”

He looked at me then, searchingly. "Perhaps, my friend. But also we must ask our hearts.”

Why cannot soldiers just throw down their weapons and refuse to kill their brothers -- be it in Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Somalia, or anywhere else US soldiers are fighting.

Militaries now train soldiers in order to prevent any possibility of fraternization. They induce a kind of psychopathology in their brainwashing that they call basic training. We now have armies of people who really are "heartless" and insane. The cost to everyone is devastating -- PTSD.
 
 
+21 # Progressive Patriot 2011-12-25 14:41
Those psychopathic reasons for war are also why the elites fear the Occupy Movement. They're afraid that the soldiers will begin to turn against them.
 
 
+37 # noitall 2011-12-25 10:07
This is an eye-opener, and should be to all who read it. It is not 1914, it is now. It is 1944, it is all war. We see the actions that kick off these wars but we don't see the diplomacy that is demonstrated here or that which was demonstrated over and over by JFK. Our leaders now jump right into it, missing the due diligence, the time to clearly analyze all options and lead us into war. It's about the MONEY; the country's shock and pain is used as the catalyst to the ends of the 1%; the 99% pays the price in blood and treasure and the 1% adds another tier of wealth to their already bulging vault. Without the 'hell weeks', the brutal initiations that brainwash our sons and daughters upon making their patriotic sacrifice to "defend their country", "enter the service", without that, would we worry that they might "believe the newspapers" and their orders and turn on us? Its a well-refined system that we have here and the goal is all about MONEY. If it were up to hearts and minds, and compassion and caring, we would see scenarios such as this followed by reunions with family. Today we have yet another tier of treachery; the GOD angle. Our media uses that as a weapon, guiding us to fear and hate worshippers of Allah. The Brits and the Germans shared a god; today THEIR god is bad and demands blood. Its all in the interpretation; read the bible. Our media and those with an agenda lead us to believe what suits their goals. Seldom if ever does it suit the goals of the 99%. PEACE NOW!
 
 
+19 # John Locke 2011-12-25 11:31
Noitall: very well said, War is for profit, and for resources that make additional profits for the 1%... it is and always has been the blood of the 99% that make these profits and or resources possible, we are brain washed by the controlled media to believe we fight for our country,...when in reality we fight a war for capitaists who make and sell the weapons...and otherwise for religion... one example Ireland, catholics and protestants...a nother example the Hugonats...mank ind throughout history has been used and discarded, to the selfish ends of their leaders...and I wonder about what has been said before, if it could ever be possible, that the next time a country (like we) gave a war, and nobody came....
 
 
+31 # HealthySkeptic 2011-12-25 10:13
No article could exemplify what this season should be about more than this one. The soldiers in 1914 just as today should realize that they can't have peace because their leaders don't want peace. There's too much money to be made by having wars and contractors and building guns and planes and bullets. We need to stand up as citizens and demand peace.
 
 
+14 # Progressive Patriot 2011-12-25 14:50
That is why I believe we need a _very_high_ War Profits Tax. The tax would be charged, on all incomes derived from manufacture of tools of war, any time there is a war, anywhere in the world (not just one in which the US military is engaged). It needs to be that way, because American manufacturers supply _most_ of the equipment used in all conflicts world wide. The tax would force the arms manufacturers out of business, or at least severely curtail the worldwide sales of their products.
 
 
+28 # giraffee2012 2011-12-25 10:33
I thought of my father in those trenches in 1914 and cried. Then I thought of the OWS and city police in our own cities and cried harder! If we cannot protest in the USA then who is left to fight for freedom, liberty, and the rights of the free world.


Vote 2012. Get mail-in ballots, register early, and vote DEM - for the ideology of GOP/TP is no different than that of the Gestapo.
 
 
+4 # josephhill 2011-12-26 15:44
"Vote 2012. Get mail-in ballots, register early, and vote DEM - for the ideology of GOP/TP is no different than that of the Gestapo."

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Sorry, Giraffee2012, but if Americans continue to vote for EITHER of the "two" major parties, we will continue to get "more of the same". We need to have the guts to stop voting our Fear instead of our Hopes. In the short term we might have to go through some rough times if the 'Greater Evil' Republicans win; but we owe it to future generations to take the long view. SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT TO ORGANIZE AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE "TWO" CORPORATE PARTIES...!!
 
 
+4 # colvictoria 2011-12-26 17:43
Awesome comment @josephhill. This 2 party system is broken and rotten to the core. No matter who is the puppet president WE THE PEOPLE need to be out there protesting and holding our so called elected leaders accountable. They need to be reminded that they serve we THE PEOPLE and not the military industrial complex, the Wall Street bankers, the oil, gas, coal companies and every other corporation which funds both the DEMS and REP campaigns.
Obama's foreign policy is just as evil as Bush's. There are troops who just left Iraq being deployed to Afghanistan. They are injured and have not received help for PTSD yet they are being used as cannon fodder for the war and oil mongers.
Obama has flip flopped on many major issues and has no backbone to stand up for us. A vote for Obama is a vote for perpetual war in the Mid East, a potential war in Iran, military bases in every country in the African continent. Be careful who you vote for!
 
 
+20 # lexx 2011-12-25 10:38
What a beautiful Christmas morning spent with my family, opening gifts, laughing and getting loving hugs from ny gKids. One gift is a bluetooth keyboard for my iPad. I hooked it up and opened this article and tears streamed down my cheeks, reading it. We can be so wonderful and yet so horrible at the same time. Merry Christmas to all and here is to the hope that one day we may learn to love and respect one another.
 
 
+11 # Progressive Patriot 2011-12-25 14:43
A Merry Christmas to you, too. That love and respect for each other has to start in our own hearts.
 
 
+36 # Kootenay Coyote 2011-12-25 10:49
The soldiers were far wiser than their generals & governments.
 
 
+11 # Vardoz 2011-12-25 12:27
My husband read this out loud to us. I got goose bumps as he read. We must teach our children well to work for peace and never be tools for the powers at the top that don't value our lives or if we survive. Many European nations still remember the devastation of these wars and worked hard to build a better society for their people. Something our nation has lost. I will remember his words we must listen to our hearts and care for those who are suffering who have less- We are our brother's keepers. This is so important to sustain a moral and compassionate world. We must care about and for each other.
 
 
+18 # Utopia Bold 2011-12-25 11:00
. My husband was a conscientious objector in the Viet Nam War. He faced five years in prison but he got legal help and was an Army cook. But what about the other men who cant afford lawyers?

Historians unearthed many rifles from the Civil War. The barrels were full of unfired bullets, These men did not want to kill their fellow men though ordered by their "superiors"

It takes a ***lifetime of abuse*** to turn men into killers. See The Science of Creating Killers http://articles.sfgate.com/2006-08-13/opinion/17308069_1_kill-human-brain-soldier. Men are NOT "naturally violent If men WERE "naturally violent" the lifelong abuse making them into killers would NOT be necessary. Our "leaders" must use the stick (prison or shame as being a "coward") or the carrot ("honor" and military benefits) to goad men into battle. Even some women are falling for this. My husband said if every man in the world had the guts to refuse to kill, the world would be transformed. But the "leaders" run the global culture that causes men to believe they're "cowards" if they dont join the military and kill. If these coercions dont work, there's economic coercion of having to join the military because there are "no jobs" Because the US military absorbs 500 BILLLION dollars a year that could be used for job training and scholarships for millions of men and women.
 
 
+6 # reiverpacific 2011-12-25 11:16
Wasn't there also a time when the British and Germans quit killing at this time and had a football (soccer) game together in non-man's land?
Here's another beautifully sad and poignant reminiscence from this time in music on YouTube by The Corries, one now deceased sadly. Enough bull and happy Yule from this fool.
http://youtu.be/UyiLfSHSqds
 
 
+8 # Vardoz 2011-12-25 12:13
What unseen power forced them to go back into their trenches where they continued to kill each other? Can we ever take a moment to stand back and stop all the awful destructive things we engage in? Life is short for all of us. Why not leave the world a better place?
 
 
+17 # Interested Observer 2011-12-25 12:54
Obviously Clemenceau was wrong. War is too serious to be left to the generals OR the politicians OR our corporate oligarchs, none with any skin in the game.
 
 
+7 # fredboy 2011-12-25 13:20
Unfortunately, our "leaders" and many people lack any empathy for others. And, despite some making millions writing about it, many lack and fail to inspire hope.
 
 
+11 # Deist 2011-12-25 14:12
What a beautiful example of what can be. It reminds me of John Kennedy's American University speech in which he said, "For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's futures. And we are all mortal." Too bad people buy into the nonsense of the politicians and religious clergy. Today most of the violence is based on religion with the Israeli's believing God gave chose them "above all people that are upon the face of the earth" (Deuteronomy 7:6) and gave them real estate they call Israel with borders going from Iraq to Egypt and the Muslims believing God wants them to spread Islam around the globe by any means possible. Perhaps Deism can defuse these deadly superstitions as the American founder and Deist Thomas Paine believed. Paine's thought provoking book, The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition, calls for a revolution in religion based on God-given reason and Deism.

Progress! Bob Johnson
www.deism.com
 
 
+4 # Kev C 2011-12-25 15:26
One part of the story is missing. The football match did indeed take place and in broad daylight too.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_truce

Yuletide Blessings to all.
 
 
+1 # kelly 2011-12-25 17:18
The football match took place on Christmas day. This story took place on Christmas eve.
 
 
+8 # DaveM 2011-12-25 16:00
An end to hostilities between the Republicans and everyone else would be most welcome.
 
 
+6 # Crama 2011-12-25 18:13
The 20 page booklet "War Is A Racket" by Major General Smedley Butler, should be mandatory reading by all US school children. But of course, our public (and most likely private) school systems wouldn't want our pre-military aged youth to know that they are just fodder for the war machine and that the justification for all these wars are just pure deceit and brainwashing.

Look how the Bush 2 administration, who always had 25 percent of the populous on the right in their pocket, had to brainwash enough of the middle to their side. The 25 percent on the left never sided with them, but the Bush people worked tirelessly to "win over" those 50 percent in the middle, who can be dragged in either direction. Of course, they were successful and had, at the time of the Iraqi invasion, 75 percent on their side, all using very skillful techniques to win over their pray using FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt).

When we say that war only benefits the 1 percent among us, I believe it might even be way less than 1 percent. One percent would be 3,100,000 US citizens. I think it is more like one tenth of one percent or 310,000.

When will the American people ever learn to stop believing the charlatans (psychopaths?) among us.
 
 
0 # Andrew Chase 2011-12-28 15:21
"Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship... . voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

Nazi Reichsmarschall Herman Goering, 1946
 
 
+4 # Activista 2011-12-25 21:01
We, Americans - and the rest of the World - have to get rid of GREED and FEAR - hate.
These two German soldiers who walked over - what a courage ...
We need to travel, learn, understand, protect.
Ask why population in Costa Rica is much more happy than we are here.
search costa-rica-happ y-planet-index
 
 
+1 # Woodlander 2011-12-26 05:57
There is a song by John McCutcheon about this event called Christmas in the Trenches. You can hear it on youtube @
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJi41RWaTCs. Well worth the listen.
 
 
+4 # vt143 2011-12-26 12:54
One of the greatest chronicles of this senseless "patriotic" war is Dalton Trumbo's JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN. Trumbo follows am American soldier who is hit by a bomb and looses everything-legs , face, hands, fingers--everyt hing, that is, except his life and his mind. He wants to tell the world about the senselessness of war but is never given the chance.
There is one scene in the book that is particularly on the mark. A German and an American soldier come face-to-face in a trench. Just as they level their weapons on the other, they notice a rat in the trench. In an instant, they turn their weapons on the rat and fire. The rat symbolizes the leaders who send "one man who wants only to live" to kill "another man who wants only to live. It's a pity the soldiers of today's world haven't the same clarity...
 
 
+1 # Andrew Chase 2011-12-28 15:16
That book was made into a movie, scenes from which were used in Metallica's "One" video.
 
 
0 # Brina 2012-12-22 00:46
The movie was Joyeux Noel,(Merry Christmas) 2005. How things have changed. Too bad we have lost that spirit of those soldiers, they put their life out there, our people are still out there, and we need peace now more then ever. We still need to care about our troops, our people and the world, we need to start today. We may not see another 100 yrs if we don't start taking action to show that we care more about people then the power of the few.
 
 
0 # Andrew Chase 2012-12-22 10:03
I was referring to "Johnny Got His Gun".

I've also seen "Joyeux Noel", and I totally agree with you there.
 
 
+8 # amye 2011-12-26 14:04
I believe the people of all nations in the world want true and total peace on earth! Its those sick with too much power and horrible greed that want to make wars for the rest of us good people!
 
 
+3 # RICHARDKANEpa 2011-12-27 16:46
Aaron Shepard,Thanks for your really inspiring Christmas present to us readers.

I wish I knew how to inspire more rather than just complain.
 
 
+1 # Brina 2012-12-22 00:47
keep reading history, and repeating the good of it, and you just might, you have already with a positive thought and desire is key!
 
 
+3 # Peach14 2011-12-27 20:10
As I see it we need to start with the smallest children and teach them acceptance of and consideration for others.
If we didn't have such a vast number of people who can so easily be manipulated, we could really work toward a more gentle world.
 
 
0 # Brina 2012-12-22 00:51
Yes, so true, in the face of the most recent tragedy, in CONN, we have seen heroism by some of those teachers,and sadly what multiple gun rounds can do. I am over 50 yrs old and have never seen anything so terrible in my life. This story was inspiring, and the fact that its true makes me have hope. I was wondering if the reason Auld Lang Syne became a tradition because of this story back in 1914 and found this article after reading the history of it. check out the movie too!
 
 
0 # revasean 2011-12-28 10:17
FYI go to
http://www.premierleague.com/en-gb/news/news/christmas-truce-video-feature.html
 
 
+1 # Brina 2012-12-22 00:42
Couple days short of a year for this article and a couple years short of a century, this WWl event happened. Just watched the 2005 movie Joyeux Noel(Merry Christmas) on this true story based movie. Sad to realize we are still at the mercy of war that is on going for over 12yrs now. Our govts do not care about the people,they are pawns for the rich to get richer, while govts play chess games or perhaps monopoly and collect from the highest corp, while screwing the voters/taxpayer s. Sad reality is more evident then ever. Last week, the worst tragedy in history occurred killing 20 children 6 adults, the killer and his mother, adding 2 more to the list. Some children shot 11 times with a gun that dispensed 12 rounds a SECOND! Big discussion that never gets anywhere is gun safety. In this movie they asked one another how many rounds their weapons shot, the most was 8. Here we are nearly 100 yrs later pretending we need free access to machine gun type of weapons to kill innocent people, not in war. Yet one can't go to the doctors without showing multiple identification? Is reason we are in war so some "big shots" (no pun)can continue making big dollars and could care less who dies. Congress went home today, leaving the nations unemployed wondering if they will get another unemployment check, only want to cut our futures short ei: SSI etc so the rich can pay less tax? Corporate welfare has left our nation jobless and no tax revenue to sustain their wars or the future.
 

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