Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Call a Truce

 Yesterday, while panicking about not having my Christmas shopping done (have you seen the parking at the mall?!!!) I was listening to the radio and a short story came on about an incident during WWI at holiday time.

Here's the story according to Wikipedia: "The Christmas truce was a series of widespread, unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas 1914, during World War I. Through the week leading up to Christmas, parties of German and British soldiers began to exchange seasonal greetings and songs between their trenches; on occasion, the tension was reduced to the point that individuals would walk across to talk to their opposite numbers bearing gifts. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, many soldiers from both sides—as well as, to a lesser degree, from French units—independently ventured into "no man's land", where they mingled, exchanging food and souvenirs. As well as joint burial ceremonies, several meetings ended in carol-singing. Troops from both sides were also friendly enough to play games of soccer with one another.

If soldiers at war can call a truce you and I can take a step back from wishing some of our crazy relatives or acquaintances would step out in front of a bus.

Hey, it’s Christmas. Give it a rest.

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve!

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