And … this entry is dedicated to the most important meaning of christmas … PEACE !
And here´s a story about peace on christmas:
Christmas Truce of 1914
During World War I, on and around Christmas Day 1914, the sounds of rifles firing and shells exploding faded in a number of places along the Western Front in favor of holiday celebrations in the trenches and gestures of goodwill between enemies.
On Christmas Eve, many German and British troops sang Christmas carols to each other across the lines, and at certain points the Allied soldiers even heard brass bands joining the Germans in their joyous singing.
At the first light of dawn on Christmas Day, some German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines across no-man’s-land, calling out “Merry Christmas” in their enemies’ native tongues. At first, the Allied soldiers feared it was a trick, but seeing the Germans unarmed they climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the enemy soldiers. The men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings and sang carols and songs. There was even a documented case of soldiers from opposing sides playing a good-natured game of soccer.
The so-called Christmas Truce of 1914 came only five months after the outbreak of war in Europe and was one of the last examples of the outdated notion of chivalry between enemies in warfare. It was never repeated—future attempts at holiday ceasefires were quashed by officers’ threats of disciplinary action—but it served as heartening proof, however brief, that beneath the brutal clash of weapons, the soldiers’ essential humanity endured.
During World War I, the soldiers on the Western Front did not expect to celebrate on the battlefield, but even a world war could not destroy the Christmas spirit.
Listen to this smooth jazz versions of christmas songs and remember, what christmas really means !
01. Joy to the World 5.16
02. Do You Hear What I Hear? 6.21
03. Silent Night 4.45
04. O Come All Ye Faithful 4.55
05. As A Child 4.12
06. O Holy Night 5.17
07. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 4.15
08. A Christmas Song 4.09
09. The Little Drummer Boy 4.50
10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Reprise) 4.15
11. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear 4.41
12. Oh Christmas Tree 3.48
13. We Wish You A Merry Christmas 3.29