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“Stille Nacht, Holy Night”: Christmas Truce 1914

This illustration was first published on January 9, 1915 in The Illustrated London News. The caption read (in part) "Saxons and Anglo-Saxons fraternizing on the field of battle at the season of peace and goodwill."

This illustration was first published on January 9, 1915 in The Illustrated London News. The caption read (in part) “Saxons and Anglo-Saxons fraternizing on the field of battle at the season of peace and goodwill.”

The moon was full and bright, the damp air had turned into a crisp cold, and white frost lay on the ground all around.  The guns were silent, the sky was clear; and the thoughts of the men were of home and the miracle birth of the Christ Child.  101 years ago something miraculous happened in the midst of chaos and death, it was the Christmas Truce of 1914. The power of love, grace and forgiveness, that is embodied in Christ and the celebration of Christmas made it’s way to the battlefront.  Though it was short lived it is a tiny testament to the power of commonalities of men in desperate circumstances.

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