Christmas Eve in the Trenches, 1914: When Warring Sides Laid Down Their Arms & Joined Each Other in Song

Right in time for Christ­mas Eve…

World War I was a relent­less­ly grind­ing and bru­tal war. Europe had nev­er expe­ri­enced any­thing like it. But there was one notable moment of respite, a brief moment when human­i­ty showed back through. Christ­mas Eve, 1914. The mov­ing sto­ry of what hap­pened that night gets recount­ed in John McCutcheon’s touch­ing song, Christ­mas in the Trench­es. The video below includes the back­sto­ry and the song itself. You can also watch a live per­for­mance here, and get the lyrics here. Hap­py hol­i­days to all. And thanks Sheryl for the tip.

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