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    A Night to Remember...in a war long ago.

     

    A moment in a war...long ago and forgotten?

     

    When I watch the news now-a-days, I see several of the same themes daily.

     

    War

     

    Protests

     

    Suffering

     

    Christmas

     

    This sparked a memory.

     

    We have go back one hundred years. As a matter of fact, exactly one hundred years this Christmas.

     

    On Christmas Eve in 1914, WWI was well under way. But on this night a moment of remarkable commonality would happen between the German and British troops on that battlefield.
    From the German trenches came an odd but familiar sound to those British soldiers huddled near by in their own trenches.

     

    The German soldiers were singing.

     

    And not just any song, but one of the most beloved Christmas songs of all time-

     

    In German:
    "Stille Nacht"

     

    In English:
    "Silent Night"

     

    At first the British troops wondered if it was a trick.
    They watched and listened in astonishment as the German soldiers continued to sing, light candles and build up Christmas trees through out their trenches.
    It wasn't long before a few of the British soldiers recognized the songs and started singing along with the German soldiers.

     

    Imagine...two armies singing the same Christmas Carols, but in different languages, at the same time.
    Imagine what it must have been like, at that moment, on that battlefield on that Christmas Eve.

     

    Now on Christmas morning, between the narrow no-man's land that separated the two armies, a German soldier ventures toward the British with a Christmas tree in hand. One by one the soldiers from both sides popped up and gingerly made their way onto that land between them and slowly met in the middle.
    They would shake each other hands, jointly bury their dead which was littered between the two trenches, exchange stories, foods and pictures, play games and celebrate this little armistice together on that Christmas day.

     

    Although there was some extremely negative actions that happened because of this moment...for me...one hundred years in the future...a moment of humanity in the middle of the most horrific actions men can do to each other...
    I find hope

     

    Merry Christmas to all.
    No matter who you are or what you believe, I wish you the best this Christmas. :)
    Gretchen

     

    (The three pictures above are actual pictures from the Christmas truce)

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