My friend Pastor Brian Carroll writes this article about the Christmas Truce during World War I. Here is a summary:
In an attempt to bring some degree of humanity to a less-than-humane situation, soldiers decorated their fortifications – some even lighting Christmas trees. The miracle of that Christmas came when British and German troops crossed into the no-man’s land, initiating the Christmas Truce of 1914. For 24-hours, as many as 100,000 opposing soldiers exchanged gifts, shared food and drink, joined together in burial services for their fallen colleagues – some even joining together for soccer games in between the coils of barbed wire. While the truce only lasted for a day, the powerful reminder of the Christmas Truce endures even to this day.