All of us here at Floozees Doozees want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! There is no more wonderful time of the year, when we can reach out to our loves ones and enjoy the wonderful treasure of spending time with family and friends. We hope this Christmas season brings riches and blessings to you and yours., and that you remain healthy and happy in the new year to come.
We want to share a small gift with you that, for us, sums up what human beings can be. It’s the story of the impromptu Christmas truce of 1914 during World War I, in which over 100,000 soldiers laid down their arms and spent a day of simple fellowship with their enemies. This is a story that often goes unnoticed during the Christmas season, but is one which we could all stand to remember!
There are many accounts of the Christmas truce, the most famous of which concern the meeting of British and German forces; however, French and Belgium troops also took part. The unofficial nature of the truce meant that there was no one single cause or origin; some narratives tell of British troops hearing their German counterparts singing Christmas carols and joining in, while Frank Richards, a private in the Royal Welch Fusiliers, told of how both sides erected signs wishing the other a ‘Merry Christmas’. From these small starts some men crossed the lines with their hands up, and troops from the opposing side went to meet them. By the time officers realised what was happening the initial meetings had been made, and most commanders either turned a blind eye or happily joined in.
The fraternisation lasted, in many areas, for the whole of Christmas day. Food and supplies were exchanged on a one to one basis, while in some areas men borrowed tools and equipment from the enemy, in order to quickly improve their own living conditions. Many games of football were played using whatever would suffice for a ball, while bodies that had become trapped within No Man’s Land were buried.
- Christmas Truce @ Wikipedia
- Christmas In The Trenches (a great song about the Christmas truce of 1914)