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CHRISTMAS 1915

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Published on Dec 14, 2013

This is my Christmas offering this year; Christmas 1915, written by Cormac MacConnell. It tells of the Christmas truce, which were a series of widespread, unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas 1914, during World War I. Through out the weeks 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 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 football with one another. The truce is often seen as a symbolic moment of peace and humanity in one of the most violent events of modern history. The following year, a few units again arranged ceasefires with their opponents over Christmas, but the truces were not nearly as widespread as in 1914. In 1916, after the unprecedentedly bloody battles of the Somme and Verdun, and the beginning of widespread poison gas use, soldiers on both sides increasingly viewed the other side as less than human, and no more Christmas truces were to be. It`s a song of hope at Christmas, hope that the ordinary people of the world will see through the nonsense of our leaders and make a better world for us all. HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY "YOU TUBE" FRIENDS P.

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