The Christmas Truce of World War I

For a tragically short time, the Spirit of the Prince of Peace drowned out the murderous demands of the State.

On August 1914, Europe’s major powers threw themselves into war with gleeful abandon. Germany, a rising power with vast aspirations, plowed across Belgium, seeking to checkmate France quickly before Russia could mobilize, thereby averting the prospect of a two-front war. Thousands of young Germans, anticipating a six-week conflict, boarded troop trains singing the optimistic refrain: “Ausflug nach Paris. Auf Widersehen auf dem Boulevard.” (“Excursion to Paris. See you again on the Boulevard.”)

Continue reading “The Christmas Truce of World War I”

Merry Christmas 2019

Do you think of Christmas as a religious day?
Do you think that you are sinning by having Christmas dinner?
Do you really even care what your minister thinks?

Herbert hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.

It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right.

But I think that the most likely reason of all, May have been that his heart was two or three sizes too small…

Read More