Christmas Eve

I read the Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor (who also does Prarie Home Companion) every morning via email and this next bit I had to share, wether you knew of it or not. It should be an example to all of us, men who were killing each other to defend their countries stopped and celebrated Christmas together. If something so wonderful could happen in a time of such great hardship and sadness we should be able to do the same now. Here it is:
It was on this day in 1914 that the last known Christmas truce occurred, during World War I. German troops fighting in Belgium began decorating their trenches and singing Christmas carols. Their enemy, the British, soon joined in the caroling. The war was put on hold, and these soldiers greeted each other in “No Man’s Land,” exchanging gifts of whiskey and cigars.

We have had quite the weekend so far. Friday afternoon we left for Grandma and Grandpa’s in Victoria and had hamburgers with everyone. We even managed to go see “Night at the Musuem” after the boys went to bed and enjoyed it. Saturday morning we all gathered for the gift opening. After Casey John warmed up to “unwrapping” his gifts the boys had a blast. Riley Roo was quite content with trying to get to the Darth Vader Potatoe Head while Casey J kept trying to fend her off. The boys both got cool art easels from Grandma and have already been creating away. Zach cannot wait for Santa Claus to come tonight – Casey John seems to be indifferent. Thats our boy. More later. Merry Christmas to you and your families!

I read the Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor (who also does Prarie Home Companion) every morning via email and this next bit I had to share, wether you knew of it or not. It should be an example to all of us, men who were killing each other to defend their countries stopped and celebrated Christmas together. If something so wonderful could happen in a time of such great hardship and sadness we should be able to do the same now. Here it is:
It was on this day in 1914 that the last known Christmas truce occurred, during World War I. German troops fighting in Belgium began decorating their trenches and singing Christmas carols. Their enemy, the British, soon joined in the caroling. The war was put on hold, and these soldiers greeted each other in “No Man’s Land,” exchanging gifts of whiskey and cigars.

We have had quite the weekend so far. Friday afternoon we left for Grandma and Grandpa’s in Victoria and had hamburgers with everyone. We even managed to go see “Night at the Musuem” after the boys went to bed and enjoyed it. Saturday morning we all gathered for the gift opening. After Casey John warmed up to “unwrapping” his gifts the boys had a blast. Riley Roo was quite content with trying to get to the Darth Vader Potatoe Head while Casey J kept trying to fend her off. The boys both got cool art easels from Grandma and have already been creating away. Zach cannot wait for Santa Claus to come tonight – Casey John seems to be indifferent. Thats our boy. More later. Merry Christmas to you and your families!

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