December 7

When World War I broke out in the summer of 1914, many soldiers thought the war would be easily won, and that they would be ‘home by Christmas.’  As history tells us, the war would last from July 1914 through to November 1918.  That did not stop the men fighting in the war from celebrating Christmas. 

For Christmas 1914, German and British soldiers stopped fighting, broke out in song with Christmas carols, crawled out of the trenches, dropped their guns and wished their enemies “Merry Christmas”.  This series of widespread unofficial cease-fire that took place along the Western Front has come to be known as the Christmas Truce.  Despite the First World War being one of the most devastating and gruesome wars fought during the 20th Century, there was peace, humanity and goodwill shown during the holiday season.

From The Globe, Toronto, December 31, 1914, pg. 2

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