Monday, December 17, 2012

A Christmas Miracle?

World War I had been going on for about 5 months, and it was Christmas Eve, 1914. Shortly after midnight the German soldiers stopped firing their weapons and began singing Christmas carols, much to everyone’s surprise. Soldiers along both fronts joined in the singing. One can only imagine the thoughts that were going through their minds, being so far from home and newly engaged in war. Most of them were basically children, some away from their families at Christmas for the first time.

As dawn broke, many of the German soldiers came out of their trenches and walked toward the Allies, saying “Merry Christmas” in their enemies’ languages. Upon realizing that the Germans were unarmed, the Allies emerged from their trenches, greeting and shaking hands with the German soldiers.   Gifts were exchanged – cigarettes and plum puddings – and more carols sung. An impromptu game of soccer is reported to have been played as well.  

Once Christmas Day ended the soldiers returned to their respective sides of “no man’s land” and the fighting continued.   This touching scenario would probably not happen today. The technology and weapons used would not permit such a person-to-person event. But it’s nice to imagine, isn’t it?
On a different note: When re-reading my previous post concerning Christmas decorations, I realized I sounded a bit stuffy and obsessive when describing some decorative attempts. My comments were meant to be a little tongue-in-cheek, and everyone is certainly entitled to their own ideas and creative work. All in fun!!**************************************************************************
Please be sure to read the new posting on my "Holidays" page. Your comments and suggestions are welcome, as always. Thanks for reading!

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