Silent Night Christmas truce

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Silent Night by Libera

Silent Night lyrics

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

Christmas truce

On Christmas Eve in 1914 there was a spontaneous halt to the guns on the western front during WWI. In the lull comes the voice of a German soldier singing Stille Nacht. The British troops recognized the melody as Silent Night and joined in. There was heard calls for visits across No Man's Land. Cigars, whiskey, jams, chocolate and other small gifts were exchange between the German and British troops. Soldiers from both sides gathered for funerals in No Man's Land as they read a passage from Psalm 23.

Again in 1915 “When the Christmas bells sounded in the villages of the Vosges behind the lines ..... something fantastically unmilitary occurred. German and French troops spontaneously made peace and ceased hostilities; they visited each other through disused trench tunnels, and exchanged wine, cognac and cigarettes for Westphalian black bread, biscuits and ham. This suited them so well that they remained good friends even after Christmas was over.”
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There have been a few songs written about these Christmas truces. Here's five of them.

Merry Christmas

Christmas 1914 In no man's land

Christmas 1915

Christmas in the Trenches

Pipes Of Peace

Snoopy's Christmas

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bearnmom 6 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

very nice -- I've heard these stories but didn't know if they were real or not.

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Make Money 6 years ago from Ontario Author

Yeah nice Christmas stories eh bearnmom.

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SimeyC 6 years ago from NJ, USA

I also read that some soldiers got up and played soccer between the trenches - it just goes to show that depsite fighting on opposite sides of a battle, at the end of the day we are all humans.

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Make Money 6 years ago from Ontario Author

Yeah SimeyC, the song Christmas in the Trenches mentions that they played soccer in No Man's Land. Truly an "unlikely band of men". Yep like the song says "on each end of the rifle we're the same". It's nice to think that Silent Night and the thought of the first Christmas can have this impact.

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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

A beautiful hub-but so poignant!

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Make Money 6 years ago from Ontario Author

Thanks itakins. Yeah it's clear the soldiers on both sides didn't want to be there but they made the best of it.

Denno66 6 years ago

I believe Paul McCartney's 'Pipes of Peace' also alluded to the spontaneous soccer games between the belligerents. It is heartwarming to know that during the darkest days, a brief ray of light was allowed to permeate the two armies. Great hub, MM, thank you.

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Make Money 6 years ago from Ontario Author

Your welcome Denno66. Yes it is heartwarming. I had never heard 'Pipes of Peace' before so I added it above. Thanks for mentioning it. Merry Christmas

sandra rinck 6 years ago

OMG, crying like a baby! That was a beautiful sentiment. I can only pray that such things would continue. I pray for peace everyday.

God Bless Mike, and those kids sing like angels.

Marry Christmas. *hugs*

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Make Money 6 years ago from Ontario Author

What a nice comment. Thank you Sandra. Big bear hugs back to you. Have a blessed Christmas

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