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 their 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.


I’ve shared that story before, but it never grows old. It represents, to me, the spirit of Christmas.


May it encourage you at this Christmas season and throughout the New Year!