Christmas Day, 1914

  • Christmas Day, 1914

    Below is a true story, fictionalized, dramatized, and in real first-person account and photograph, as well as set to song. Now, THIS is what I call ending the war on Christmas.

    The Christmas Truce

    By Aaron Shepard

    Printed in Australia’s School Magazine, Apr. 2001

    Christmas Day, 1914

    My dear sister Janet,

    It is 2:00 in the morning and most of our men are asleep in their dugouts—yet I could not sleep myself before writing to you of the wonderful events of Christmas Eve. In truth, what happened seems almost like a fairy tale, and if I hadn’t been through it myself, I would scarce believe it. Just imagine: While you and the family sang carols before the fire there in London, I did the same with enemy soldiers here on the battlefields of France!