Christmas Truce, 1914

One hundred years ago today, the world was at war. When I think of war, I don’t think of countries or governments, but of people, individuals: men, women, children; those fighting the war, those affected by war (which is everyone). I’m re-posting my favorite Christmas story. Peace to all.

A Christmas tree of lights

Peace to all

In 1914, during the Great War (World War I), an unofficial truce took place on Christmas Day along the Western Front. Some German and British soldiers took it upon themselves to celebrate Christmas by stopping the war, greeting each other, exchanging what small items they had as gifts (cigarettes, chocolate, etc.) and playing a soccer game. Peace broke out in more than one area and in more than one year.

There is a memorial in Ypres, Belgium commemorating this truce that was lead by the soldiers themselves.