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Posted by on Dec. 24, 2013 at 4:34 PM
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Tonight is a special night for many people across America.  I am reminded of this beautiful story from WW1.  A Christmas Truce between enemies.  

To all of the Christians here that have been respectful to me I wish you the most Merry Christmas.  May this night bring you peace and may the coming new year bring prosperity.  May blessings of light and joy greet you in the morning as you celebrate the birth of your savior.  

During World War I, in the winter of 1914, on the battlefields of Flanders, one of the most unusual events in all of human history took place. The Germans had been in a fierce battle with the British and French. Both sides were dug in, safe in muddy, man-made trenches six to eight feet deep that seemed to stretch forever. 

All of a sudden, German troops began to put small Christmas trees, lit with candles, outside of their trenches. Then, they began to sing songs. Across the way, in the "no man's land" between them, came songs from the British and French troops. Incredibly, many of the Germans, who had worked in England before the war, were able to speak good enough English to propose a "Christmas" truce. 

The British and French troops, all along the miles of trenches, accepted. In a few places, allied troops fired at the Germans as they climbed out of their trenches. But the Germans were persistent and Christmas would be celebrated even under the threat of impending death. 

According to Stanley Weintraub, who wrote about this event in his book, Silent Night, "signboards arose up and down the trenches in a variety of shapes. They were usually in English, or - from the Germans - in fractured English. Rightly, the Germans assumed that the other side could not read traditional gothic lettering, and that few English understood spoken German. 'YOU NO FIGHT, WE NO FIGHT' was the most 

frequently employed German message. Some British units improvised 'MERRY CHRISTMAS' banners and waited for a response. More placards on both sides popped up." 

A spontaneous truce resulted. Soldiers left their trenches, meeting in the middle to shake hands. The first order of business was to bury the dead who had been previously unreachable because of the conflict. Then, they exchanged gifts. Chocolate cake, cognac, postcards, newspapers, tobacco. In a few places, along the trenches, soldiers exchanged rifles for soccer balls and began to play games. 

It didn't last forever. In fact, some of the generals didn't like it at all and commanded their troops to resume shooting at each other. After all, they were in a war. Soldiers eventually did resume shooting at each other. But only after, in a number of cases, a few days of wasting rounds of ammunition shooting at stars in the sky instead of soldiers in the opposing army across the field. 

For a few precious moments there was peace on earth good will toward men. All because the focus was on Christmas. Happens every time. There's something about Christmas that changes people. It happened over 2000 years ago in a little town called Bethlehem. It's been happening over and over again down through the years of time. 

This week, Lord willing, it will happen again.



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by on Dec. 24, 2013 at 4:34 PM
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gludwig2000
by Gina on Dec. 24, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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And here I wanted to be offended!! This story actually made me want to cry, so thank you for posting it. I wish you Love and Light, PrimmednPunked, and Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwannza, Happy Festivus and every other Holiday Greeting out there to everyone here!
vic270
by Vic on Dec. 24, 2013 at 6:03 PM
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this is beautiful. if they can do it anyone can. i am so very proud of you. thanks and merry christmas to your  house from mine  on this christmas eve from a little town outside of nashville tennessee.may next year be wonderful for you and your family.

PrimmednPunked
by Silver Member on Dec. 24, 2013 at 6:53 PM
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And from my little house in the grand isles of Vermont may you have a blessed night

Quoting vic270:

this is beautiful. if they can do it anyone can. i am so very proud of you. thanks and merry christmas to your  house from mine  on this christmas eve from a little town outside of nashville tennessee.may next year be wonderful for you and your family.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Dec. 24, 2013 at 9:44 PM
Who wants to be Snoopy and who wants to be The Red Baron?
Cutenessmom
by Member on Dec. 24, 2013 at 10:29 PM

I hear4d of this story just sad huh becuase they was not making  coiproation money buy being peaceful war is  profitable!

blueforewolf
by on Dec. 25, 2013 at 1:57 AM

love this story!! thank you and a merry/happy!

PortiaRose
by Member on Dec. 25, 2013 at 2:08 AM
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Oh don't worry. I didn't read it.
PrimmednPunked
by Silver Member on Dec. 25, 2013 at 11:26 AM

BUMP!

etsmom
by Member on Dec. 25, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Sad and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

mikiemom
by Silver Member on Dec. 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

This is a true story, a bittersweet sad story.

Happy Holidays.

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