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A Christmas Truce

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Christmas Eve Truce World War I 12/24/1914

Over the past several weeks, the Orange County blogosphere has been permeated with division, insensitivity, hate, vitriol, and a general spirit which has implied that burning down the town to eliminate opposing opinions, is the only logical course. Folks, it’s Christmas, let’s at least have one day, maybe a few, of peace and harmony in celebration of the season.

Whether you celebrate the birth of Christ, the winter solstice, Festivus, or the arrival of a fat man driving sleigh of reindeer delivering toys for children, the Christmas holiday season is a time for family, a time to celebrate life, and remember loved ones absent.

Our political divisions should not be allowed to get so out of control that we find ourselves attacking first—thinking second—causing needless harm and pain just to make a political point. We are all guilty of it, we just need to stop and learn from the history of the Christmas Eve truce of 1914 during World War I.

Today we can lay down arms, as British and German soldiers did 99 years ago.


Starting on Christmas Eve, many German and British troops sang Christmas carols to each other across the lines, and at certain points the Allied soldiers even heard brass bands joining the Germans in their joyous singing.

At the first light of dawn on Christmas Day, some German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines across no-man’s-land, calling out “Merry Christmas” in their enemies’ native tongues. At first, the Allied soldiers feared it was a trick, but seeing the Germans unarmed they climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the enemy soldiers. The men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings and sang carols and songs. There was even a documented case of soldiers from opposing sides playing a good-natured game of soccer.

Some soldiers used this short-lived ceasefire for a more somber task: the retrieval of the bodies of fellow combatants who had fallen within the no-man’s land between the lines.

The so-called Christmas Truce of 1914 came only five months after the outbreak of war in Europe and was one of the last examples of the outdated notion of chivalry between enemies in warfare. It was never repeated—future attempts at holiday ceasefires were quashed by officers’ threats of disciplinary action—but it served as heartening proof, however brief, that beneath the brutal clash of weapons, the soldiers’ essential humanity endured.

During World War I, the soldiers on the Western Front did not expect to celebrate on the battlefield, but even a world war could not destroy the Christmas spirit

Have a Merry Christmas. May a Christmas Truce last until the new year.


  1. Ryan Cantor Ryan Cantor December 24, 2013

    Nice post. We ought to remember what’s important this holiday season.

    Tearing down others shouldn’t be at the top of anyone’s list. Finding ways to make your neighbor’s life a little easier should.

    Merry Christmas.

  2. RHackett RHackett December 24, 2013

    The story goes that when the respective high commands found out about the impromptu truce they immediately ordered artillery barrages.

    The last thing a commander needs is a front line soldier actually liking their enemy.

  3. henry lipton henry lipton December 24, 2013

    Dan, You have o be kidding? You pick a fight by standing up for and carrying water for Matt Cunningham and you have the audacity to advocate for a Christmas truce? You are something else man.

  4. henry lipton henry lipton December 24, 2013

    Pardon e, I just noticed this was written by Chris Prevatt. None the less, the sentiment is the same. Your underling Dan started a fight by supporting outright racism, and you have yet to hold him and yourself and this blog accountable. Can I make a public information request and ask you for the contact information for the Dominos Pizza, Wii store and Memphis bar, Greyhound, and Emirates Airlines advertisement departments so we can ask that they cut their funding of ads for this blog?

    • Chris Prevatt Chris Prevatt Post author | December 24, 2013


      There have been almost 100 comments on Dan’s post. I think he has been taken to task for his actions. I have stated my disagreement with his position and I do not feel the need to repeat myself a thousand times to make that point.

      The ads you are mentioning are indirect ads, generated through several services. What you see is based on your internet history, personalized for you.

      Now have a Merry Christmas.

  5. BigBoxOfRedWhine BigBoxOfRedWhine December 24, 2013

    Chris and Ryan, well said. Best Holiday Wishes (to all!).

  6. Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski December 24, 2013

    This is a wonderful story to share. Thanks Chris. Merry Christmas

  7. junior junior December 25, 2013

    Can we start throwing verbal bombs at 12:00 am?

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