It Happened On #89

Merry Christmas to all! (Or Happy Holidays – whichever applies)

I helped (somewhat) my sister bake yesterday so stay tuned for pictures. We’re hosting a family party tonight. It’s basically going to look like an immigration office tonight

It happened on December 25 1914…just after midnight on Christmas morning, the majority of German troops engaged in World War I cease firing their guns and artillery and sing Christmas carols. At certain points along the eastern and western fronts, the soldiers of Russia, France, and Britain even heard brass bands joining the Germans in their joyous singing

At the first light of dawn, many of the German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines across no-man’s-land, calling out “Merry Christmas” in their enemies’ native tongues. At first, the Allied soldiers feared it was a trick, but seeing the Germans unarmed they climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the enemy soldiers. The men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings and sang carols and songs. There was even a documented case of soldiers from opposing sides playing a good-natured game of soccer

The so-called Christmas Truce of 1914 came only five months after the outbreak of war in Europe and was one of the last examples of the outdated notion of chivalry between enemies in warfare. In 1915, the bloody conflict of World War I erupted in all its technological fury, and the concept of another Christmas Truce became unthinkable

Also on December 25 2000, a Christmas party at an unlicensed disco is the site of a tragic fire that kills more than 300 people in Luoyang, China, on this day in 2000. It was the deadliest fire in China since a December 1994 fire in a Xinjiang concert hall killed 324 people

Meanwhile, in Canada, on December 25 1535, Jacques Cartier and his crew celebrate Canada’s first recorded Christmas at Stadacona

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2 thoughts on “It Happened On #89

  1. The story of how WWI troops called Merry Christmas to their enemies and then exchanged hand shakes is so touching! 😀 Love it.
    Merry Christmas! I hope you’re enjoying your party. 🙂

    • Ya not something you hear every day but that’s pretty crazy to do something like that in a war. I would think most soldiers would shoot anything that moves

      Thank you. Same to you and your family!
      the party was better than I thought. Got to play Monopoly and won!

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