Thursday, December 28, 2006

Christmas In the Trenches

A "Silent Night": The "Christmas Truce" of 1914

Silent Night, by Stanley Weintraub, is the story of Christmas Eve 1914 on the World War I battlefield in Flanders. As the German, British, and French troops facing each other were settling in for the night, a young German soldier began to sing "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht." Others joined in. When they had finished, the British and French responded with other Christmas carols.

Eventually, the men from both sides left their trenches and met in the middle. They shook hands, exchanged gifts, and shared pictures of their families. Informal soccer games began in what had been "no-man's-land." And a joint service was held to bury the dead of both sides.

Read more at God's Politics, a blog on Sojourners.

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  • This is such a neat story! I have heard or read it many times throughout the years and even heard it in a sermon a few weeks ago and the power that resonates in it still speaks to me.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:04 PM  

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