Monday, December 8, 2014

My Favorite Chirstmas Song

The truce began on Christmas Eve, 24 December 1914, when German troops began decorating the area around their trenches in the region of Ypres, Belgium, for Christmas. They began by placing candles on trees, then continued the celebration by singing Christmas carols, most notably Stille Nacht (Silent Night). The British troops in the trenches across from them responded by singing English carols.The two sides continued by shouting Christmas greetings to each other. Soon thereafter, there were calls for visits across the "No Man's Land" where small gifts were exchanged — whisky, jam, cigars, chocolate, and the like. The soldiers exchanged gifts, sometimes addresses, and drank together. The artillery in the region fell silent that night. The truce also allowed a breathing spell where recently-fallen soldiers could be brought back behind their lines by burial parties. Proper burials took place as soldiers from both sides mourned the dead together and paid their respects.

5 comments:

Ray's Cowboy said...

Just think If One Song Can Do So Much. What If We As Mankind Could Do If We Tried.

Merry Christmas To All. God Bless Each One Of You Now And Always.

Hugs
Ray

O!Daddie now at http:odaddie.tumblr.com/ said...

Very sweet post, Ray. Bless you and yours!!

Butch 57 said...

Yes I agree its simple and soft. Its about the special event and our humanity

uncle barry said...

Ray, Our Ambassador of PEACE & LOVE ♡ UB

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