It happened at Christmas


At midnight on Christmas Eve, 1914, firing from German trenches suddenly stopped. A German brass band began playing Christmas carols. Early Christmas morning, the German soldiers came out of the trenches, approaching the allied lines, calling “Merry Christmas!”


At first the Allied forces thought it was a trick, but they soon climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the German soldiers. The truce lasted a few days, and the men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plumb puddings, and sang carols. They even played a game of soccer.


Christmas, they tell us, is the most stress-filled time for many people. But, surely, not more so than those First World War troops! Can we, this Christmas, find time to put aside personal stresses, hardships beyond our control, conflicts with others and the winter blahs and, instead, appreciate family, enjoy giving, build relationships and reflect on the harmony that would characterize our world if we lived the rest of the year like this?


That is my Christmas wish for you!


He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.

Roy L. Smith


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