In the early months of World War I, on Christmas Eve, men on both sides of the trenches laid down their arms and joined in a spontaneous celebration. Despite orders to continue shooting, the unofficial truce spread across the front lines. Even the participants found what they were doing incredible: Germans placed candlelit Christmas trees on trench parapets, warring soldiers sang carols, and men on both sides shared food parcels from home. They climbed from the trenches to meet in "No Man's Land" where they buried the dead, exchanged gifts, ate and drank together, and even played soccer.
Silent Night written by Stanley Weintraub is an account of the World War I Christmas Truce.
The prophet Isaiah pinned the words, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
If mere enemies in the heat of battle of World War I can cease fighting, pause and reflect on the Prince of Peace, sing Christmas carols, raise banners, walk across war torn battlefields, shake hands, and play soccer. How much more should we pause, reflect, be thankful, and allow The Prince of Peace to reign in our hearts and homes this Christmas season and throughout the year?