The Christmas truce refers to a series of widespread but unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front of World War I around Christmas 1914. ~ Wikipedia
The song Silent Night sung by the Germans was joined by the British. Grace caused the trenches between brothers to disappear.
Soldiers propagandized to be enemies agreed to a Christmas truce and took a break from killing each other. Fear was followed by handshakes, soccer and drinking together. THIS REALLY HAPPENED!
After this event the GOVERNMENTS had a hard time getting troops to fight imagined enemies again.
To truly feel Christmas this year I suggest listening to Silent Night and thinking of this event. A very good book (Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped) to hang out with on Kindle while the family gets to drinking this holiday:
Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped

Help Me Fund Excavation of a WW1 German Fortification!

A German trench war home from WWI was discovered, but will soon be lost FOREVER. Lost to another FOOKING housing development! There is a kick-starter setup to help excavate the site before it is TOO LATE. I gave a few $. This is an “All or Nothing” kick-starter. If the amount needed isn’t reached no one is charged and the history is lost.
This hits me as so strange… who could pave over this? Humans need to stop paving the land.
From the site:
With your support, we plan to excavate the site and expose the battlefield in order to increase our understanding of the trench war, and of the men who fought there – before the site is lost to housing development.
Dig Hill 80: Help Me Fund Excavation of a WW1 German Fortification!