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1914 Christmas truce: Remembering a miracle
« on: December 25, 2013, 07:41:53 AM »
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
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Re: 1914 Christmas truce: Remembering a miracle
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2013, 08:31:25 AM »
This tale brought tears to my eyes and is a beautiful admonition that mankind is a great, immense family. This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas: Faith makes all things possible, Hope makes all things work, Love makes all things beautiful.

Here's to Christ, our Savior! born on this day.

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Re: 1914 Christmas truce: Remembering a miracle
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2013, 08:45:18 AM »
Here's to Christ, our Savior! born on this day.

Did you get permission from the FCC to say this?  Of course I'm being facetious but the reality is we aren't too far from having to do such things before we state our opinions.  I'm glad you enjoyed the story.  It has been one of my favorites for years. :seeya:

A part of that story that was omitted was that the troops refused to fire on each other after that and had to be sent to different positions.
« Last Edit: December 25, 2013, 08:47:53 AM by rangerrebew »
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
George Washington

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."
Benjamin Franklin

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Re: 1914 Christmas truce: Remembering a miracle
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2013, 11:50:09 AM »
There was a great difference between WWI and WWII.  The cause, that is, althouh it was bound to happen eventually.
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Re: 1914 Christmas truce: Remembering a miracle
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2013, 01:13:29 PM »

Here's to Christ, our Savior! born on this day.


Well, we celebrate his birth on this day but he was almost certainly born on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles.

Why the church continues to celebrate his birth on this day is more of a testament to the power of tradition than to anything else...


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Re: 1914 Christmas truce: Remembering a miracle
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2013, 02:44:55 PM »
One of my Dad's fathers undying regrets was he missed this. He were 16, in charge of a team of draught horses towing ammunition, food and sometimes artillery to the front lines. According to Dad he was down to do a supply run Christmas Eve, but two of his horses were unfit, so he missed out on the truce.
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Re: 1914 Christmas truce: Remembering a miracle
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2013, 03:48:14 PM »
What a wonderful piece of history it would have been to be part of! :beer:
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
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Re: 1914 Christmas truce: Remembering a miracle
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2013, 03:53:21 PM »
There would be later truces in 1916 and in 1917 without any success.In some French sectors, singing and an exchange of thrown gifts was occasionally recorded, though these may simply have reflected a seasonal extension of the live-and-let-live approach common in the trenches. This behavior was tolerated and found in the NCO ranks.
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Re: 1914 Christmas truce: Remembering a miracle
« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2013, 11:22:56 PM »
John McCutcheon wrote a fine song about this, "Christmas in the Trenches".

Here's the 1986 studio version:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0LgjBauf70" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0LgjBauf70</a>

(from an exceptional CD titled "Winter Solstice")

Here's John in recent years doing it live:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJi41RWaTCs" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJi41RWaTCs</a>


I trust you'll enjoy both versions!

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Re: 1914 Christmas truce: Remembering a miracle
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