Okay- so today we’re going to take a step out of continuity. One of the enduring stories of the Great War is the Christmas Truce. On Christmas Eve, soldiers from both sides got together, exchanged gifts and sang carols into the night.

It’s a great image. Humble, honest soldiers getting together and sharing while their superiors sit safe and warm, miles from the trenches, thinking of ways they can exterminate masses of their own men in grand, failed maneuvers.

I think it might be one of the most famous moments of the war. It’s certainly one of the most humanizing. It’s even been made into a play/concert experience.

The BBC has a pretty interesting take on the situation here.

We will continue with the July Crisis in a couple weeks, but in the meantime, happy holidays to all two or three of my readers!