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Even a world war could not destroy the Christmas spirit!

Christmas Truce of 1914 The first Christmas during World War I, only five months after the outbreak of war in Europe, was bleak, cold, and soldiers did not expect a celebration.  Some had received gifts from home and support from their country in the form of food, tobacco, sweets, and tokens from loved ones.  Thoughts were turned to home and times of peace. Christmas Eve, December 24 1914, an eerie quiet stole over the dangerous front line.  The commonplace sound of hissing, cracking and pops from machine gun fire and artillary, was replaced by German voices drifting over the frozen battlefield, "Stille Nacht. Heilige Nacht. Alles Schlaft, einsam wacht."  The tune was hauntingly unmistakeable to the British troops entrenched close by the enemy line.  "Silent night,  holy night.  All ... Read more
Posted by Amy Juelich on December 17th, 2013 :: Filed under: Blog,History,Military,Christmas Truce,Military,SOT