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 The Christmas Truce

(The following article is from the December issue of National Geographic Magazine.)

In December 1914, invading German troops and the defending Allies were dug in along

battle lines in Belgium and France. From sodden trenches soldiers shot at each other across a

no-man’s-land strewn with injured and dead comrades. But on December 24, at points along

that western front, Germans placed lighted trees on trench parapets, and the Allies joined

them in an impromptu peace: the Christmas truce of World War 1, a hundred years ago this

month.

The truce “bubbled up from the ranks” despite edicts against fraternization, says historian

Stanley Weintraub, whose book Silent Night tells the story. After shouted exchanges

promising, “You no shoot, we no shoot,” some erstwhile enemies serenaded each other with

carols. Others emerged from trenches to shake hands and share a smoke. Many agreed to

extend the peace into Christmas Day, so they could meet again and bury their dead. Each side

helped the other dig graves and hold memorials; at one point, a Scottish chaplain led a

bilingual recitation of the 23rd Psalm. Troops shared food and gifts sent from home, traded

uniform buttons as souvenirs, and competed in soccer matches.

“No one there wanted to continue the war,” Weintraub says. But the top brass did, and

threatened to punish troops shirking duty. As the new year began, both sides “went on with

the grim business at hand,” Weintraub says. But they fondly recalled the truce in letters home

and diary entries: “How marvelously wonderful,” a German soldier wrote.

- Patricia Edmonds

 

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Christmas at Christ Church Cathedral

Saturday, December 20 Eve of Fourth Sunday of Advent

4:00 PM Holy Eucharist, All Saints Chapel

Sunday, December 21 Fourth Sunday of Advent

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Cathedral Chapel
10:00 AM Baptism and Holy Eucharist, Cathedral
12:15 PM La Misa en Español, Catedral

6:00 PM Compline in Remembrance of Departed Loved Ones

Wednesday, December 24 Christmas Eve

4:00 PM Children’s Christmas Pageant and Family Eucharist
7:00 PM Misa Cantada de Nochebuena, Catedral
10:30 PM Cathedral Choir Christmas Prelude, Cathedral
11:00 PM Festival Choral Eucharist, Cathedral

Thursday, December 25 Christmas Day

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Cathedral Chapel

Saturday, December 27 Eve of First Sunday after Christmas

4:00 PM Holy Eucharist, All Saints Chapel

Sunday, December 28 The First Sunday after Christmas

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Cathedral Chapel
10:00 AM Lessons & Carols and Eucharist, Cathedral
12:15 PM La Misa en Español, Catedral

Wednesday, December 31 New Year’s Eve

11:00 PM New Year’s Eve Holy Eucharist, Cathedral

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