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There must be something in the spirit ...
Author: Raine    Date: 12/24/2007 13:50:31

Something spiritual for our souls:


And a song based on the Christmas Truce of 1914


Well my friends, we are here at the doorway of another year. I wish us all a moment of peace and love, and a letter from a soldier:
This will be the most memorable Christmas I've ever spent or likely to spend: since about tea time yesterday I don't think theres been a shot fired on either side up to now. Last night turned a very clear frost moonlight night, so soon after dusk we had some decent fires going and had a few carols and songs. The Germans commenced by placing lights all along the edge of their trenches and coming over to us—wishing us a Happy Christmas etc. They also gave us a few songs etc. so we had quite a social party. Several of them can speak English very well so we had a few conversations. Some of our chaps went to over to their lines. I think theyve all come back bar one from 'E' Co. They no doubt kept him as a souvenir. In spite of our fires etc. it was terribly cold and a job to sleep between look out duties, which are two hours in every six.

First thing this morning it was very foggy. So we stood to arms a little longer than usual. A few of us that were lucky could go to Holy Communion early this morning. It was celebrated in a ruined farm about 500 yds behind us. I unfortunately couldn't go. There must be something in the spirit of Christmas as to day we are all on top of our trenches running about. Whereas other days we have to keep our heads well down. We had breakfast about 8.0 which went down alright especially some cocoa we made. We also had some of the post this morning. I had a parcel from B. G's Lace Dept containing a sweater, smokes, under clothes etc. We also had a card from the Queen, which I am sending back to you to look after please. After breakfast we had a game of football at the back of our trenches! We've had a few Germans over to see us this morning. They also sent a party over to bury a sniper we shot in the week. He was about a 100 yds from our trench. A few of our fellows went out and helped to bury him.

About 10.30 we had a short church parade the morning service etc. held in the trench. How we did sing. 'O come all ye faithful. And While shepherds watched their flocks by night' were the hymns we had. At present we are cooking our Christmas Dinner! so will finish this letter later.

Dinner is over! and well we enjoyed it. Our dinner party started off with fried bacon and dip-bread: followed by hot Xmas Pudding. I had a mascot in my piece. Next item on the menu was muscatels and almonds, oranges, bananas, chocolate etc followed by cocoa and smokes. You can guess we thought of the dinners at home. Just before dinner I had the pleasure of shaking hands with several Germans: a party of them came 1/2way over to us so several of us went out to them. I exchanged one of my balaclavas for a hat. I've also got a button off one of their tunics. We also exchanged smokes etc. and had a decent chat. They say they won't fire tomorrow if we don't so I suppose we shall get a bit of a holiday—perhaps. After exchanging autographs and them wishing us a Happy New Year we departed and came back and had our dinner.

We can hardly believe that we've been firing at them for the last week or two—it all seems so strange. At present its freezing hard and everything is covered with ice…

The letter ends:
There are plenty of huge shell holes in front of our trenches, also pieces of shrapnel to be found. I never expected to shake hands with Germans between the firing lines on Christmas Day and I don't suppose you thought of us doing so. So after a fashion we've enjoyed? our Christmas. Hoping you spend a happy time also George Boy as well. How we thought of England during the day. Kind regards to all the neighbours.

With much love from Boy.
This letter was written during the Christmas Truce, December 24, 1914.

Blessed be to you all. Peaceful and joyous day.
:peace: and :heart:
Raine

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Comment by TriSec on 12/24/2007 14:02:21
Ah, it's a youtube kind of day.









Comment by TriSec on 12/24/2007 14:04:54
Y'alls gonna listen to The Christmas Lounge today, right?

Comment by velveeta jones on 12/24/2007 14:10:31
Morning all my fellow 4F'ers! (ew, that sounds kinda dirty).

Comment by TriSec on 12/24/2007 14:14:38
Ah, not to worry Velveeta.



"4F" means many things to many people. This is my favorite, from our friends at the Selective Service...



4F -

Registrant not acceptable for military service. To be eligible for Class 4-F, a registrant must have been found not qualified for service in the Armed Forces by a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) under the established physical, mental, or moral standards. The standards of physical fitness that would be used in a future draft would come from AR 40-501.

Comment by BobR on 12/24/2007 14:15:19
Merry Christmas Eve, folks... <-- eggnog

Comment by Raine on 12/24/2007 14:18:32
OH! I see Momma is a repeat today. I think I shall listen to momma for a little while and then scope out the lounge as per Tri-Sec's suggestion.

Comment by TriSec on 12/24/2007 14:24:23
TriSec has been in the office since 7am EST.



I'm shooting for a 2pm bailout, but as it is, I could use the rest. I worked 10 hours yesterday, and not for pay.



But there's a mountain of cookies on the back table!



:donut: <-- bowknot cookie gone awry.



Comment by velveeta jones on 12/24/2007 14:31:12
Velveeta will be driving the wife to her jewlry studio. *sigh* Maybe I'll tinker around and attempt to make something, or I'll read my book while she does actual work.

(must get job).

Comment by velveeta jones on 12/24/2007 14:32:46
Photobucket

Comment by Raine on 12/24/2007 14:35:28
Wow... the lounge is very trippy, Tri! (we have the lounge on one machine.... and Momma on the other)

Comment by Raine on 12/24/2007 14:38:09
Will you be around for the Blogger Joe, Ms. Jones.

Comment by Raine on 12/24/2007 14:46:53
Quote by velveeta jones: Photobucket
That is awesome!

Comment by TriSec on 12/24/2007 14:47:52
Say, what was the Blogger Joe plan? I'm going to be heading for the wingnuts-in-law about 3:30 this afternoon, and offline for many hours. (although I should be on briefly later this evening, and I will post at least a stub tomorrow am...)





Comment by livingonli on 12/24/2007 14:48:40
Good morning, mes bloggerinos.



I have to work 4-midnight but I will be on vacation tomorrow until January 4th. I hope my Blogger Joe gift reaches its destination.

Comment by TriSec on 12/24/2007 14:55:38
Remember kids, Javi sez:



"If you're bad, Santa throws dirt on your stuff and brings you a brick."





Comment by Raine on 12/24/2007 14:55:49
Quote by TriSec: Say, what was the Blogger Joe plan? I'm going to be heading for the wingnuts-in-law about 3:30 this afternoon, and offline for many hours. (although I should be on briefly later this evening, and I will post at least a stub tomorrow am...)
I believe ms. Mala had planned on this happening before noontime.

Comment by livingonli on 12/24/2007 14:56:30
My morning contribution to the YouTube bits. This goes back to the early 90's.





Comment by livingonli on 12/24/2007 14:57:23
Quote by TriSec: Remember kids, Javi sez:



"If you're bad, Santa throws dirt on your stuff and brings you a brick."





The modern day version of the lump of coal.

Comment by Raine on 12/24/2007 14:59:29
Bad toys for children:
http://www.lettersfrombadsanta.com/images/toy2.jpg


Comment by wickedpam on 12/24/2007 15:04:34
Quote by Raine:
Quote by TriSec: Say, what was the Blogger Joe plan? I'm going to be heading for the wingnuts-in-law about 3:30 this afternoon, and offline for many hours. (although I should be on briefly later this evening, and I will post at least a stub tomorrow am...)



I believe ms. Mala had planned on this happening before noontime.







Yep anytime between now and noon is good with me - the last of the parcels were delivered this weekend I hope.



What time is good for everyone?



Comment by Raine on 12/24/2007 15:07:21
Lemme see if I can get Ms. Jones on the horn....

Comment by TriSec on 12/24/2007 15:10:11
I'll have to redact myself, then. I can open it when I get home, which should be anytime between 2-3.





Comment by Raine on 12/24/2007 15:12:43
Quote by TriSec: I'll have to redact myself, then. I can open it when I get home, which should be anytime between 2-3.
Oh dear...

Comment by Raine on 12/24/2007 15:13:36
YEs, Mala, it is that special time of the year, when you get to herd us all like cats! :rofl:

Comment by BobR on 12/24/2007 15:14:23
we will be heading to our local pub around 1:00 for a little while, then to my parents for XMas eve dinner...

Comment by livingonli on 12/24/2007 15:15:00
Quote by Raine: YEs, Mala, it is that special time of the year, when you get to herd us all like cats! :rofl:


Meow.

Comment by Raine on 12/24/2007 15:16:09
So what shall we do?

Comment by wickedpam on 12/24/2007 15:19:02
Quote by Raine: YEs, Mala, it is that special time of the year, when you get to herd us all like cats! :rofl:






Oh dear!







At VJ and Tri the only ones who can't do open them this morning? Maybe we have have a AM & PM edition?



Comment by wickedpam on 12/24/2007 15:35:56
Where'd everyone go? :scratchhead:

Comment by livingonli on 12/24/2007 15:36:58
I guess they were checking stuff like I was.



Mala, sent you an e-mail.

Comment by BobR on 12/24/2007 15:38:58
Quote by wickedpam: Where'd everyone go? :scratchhead:


Cooked up a little breakfast

Comment by BobR on 12/24/2007 15:50:12
We just got word from Velveeta that she'll be back home at 12:30, if we want to set that as the Blogger Joe time...

Comment by wickedpam on 12/24/2007 15:56:59
Quote by livingonli: I guess they were checking stuff like I was.



Mala, sent you an e-mail.




Got it sent you one back.



Comment by wickedpam on 12/24/2007 15:57:21
Quote by BobR: We just got word from Velveeta that she'll be back home at 12:30, if we want to set that as the Blogger Joe time...






12:30 is fine with me



Comment by wickedpam on 12/24/2007 15:58:57
Quote by BobR:
Quote by wickedpam: Where'd everyone go? :scratchhead:


Cooked up a little breakfast






Ya mean there are people who cook a breakfast? How un-American, can't you just pour it into a bowl like the rest of us :p

Comment by TriSec on 12/24/2007 16:04:43
"Western Omelette with sausages and homefries cereal"



Yeah, I didn't need that visual.





Comment by TriSec on 12/24/2007 16:09:20
Comment by livingonli on 12/24/2007 16:11:39
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by BobR:
Quote by wickedpam: Where'd everyone go? :scratchhead:


Cooked up a little breakfast






Ya mean there are people who cook a breakfast? How un-American, can't you just pour it into a bowl like the rest of us :p


Pop tarts are your friend. The only time I get a hot breakfast is when I go out to eat.

Comment by livingonli on 12/24/2007 16:13:01
Raine, sent you a PM.

Comment by wickedpam on 12/24/2007 16:14:44
Quote by livingonli:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by BobR:
Quote by wickedpam: Where'd everyone go? :scratchhead:


Cooked up a little breakfast






Ya mean there are people who cook a breakfast? How un-American, can't you just pour it into a bowl like the rest of us :p


Pop tarts are your friend. The only time I get a hot breakfast is when I go out to eat.




Okay confession time - I'm doin' the weight watchers thing right now - and as much as I love a chocolate poptart those things are 5 points each. I've opted for skim milk and cheerios for a total of 3 points.







Comment by BobR on 12/24/2007 16:24:15
livin... recieved and sent message...;) tis all good... this is Raine

Comment by BobR on 12/24/2007 16:25:57
pm again to liv.

Comment by Raine on 12/24/2007 16:28:41
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by BobR:
Quote by wickedpam: Where'd everyone go? :scratchhead:
Cooked up a little breakfast
Ya mean there are people who cook a breakfast? How un-American, can't you just pour it into a bowl like the rest of us :p
HAH! Sunday breakfast is like a religion around the house, and special days like today as well.

Comment by livingonli on 12/24/2007 16:29:38
Quote by BobR: pm again to liv.


Received and replied, Raine.

Comment by Raine on 12/24/2007 16:29:46
Apple Pie is now being made...

Comment by Raine on 12/24/2007 16:48:38
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Comment by livingonli on 12/24/2007 16:57:13
This is probably the shortest music video and it's a christmas tune.







Comment by Raine on 12/24/2007 16:57:34
Quote by Raine:
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Try listening to some of the Christmas lounge that tri gave us today while you watch the bouncing christmas tree... Wow, Trippy!

Comment by Raine on 12/24/2007 16:59:26
Quote by livingonli: This is probably the shortest music video and it's a christmas tune.







:rofl: why, it is so short, it is no longer available!



But here is the linkity link!

Comment by TriSec on 12/24/2007 17:01:33
Santa visits Your Loyal TriSec...







http://cdn-www.airliners.net/photos/middle/9/1/2/0626219.jpg