Maybe its because of the 100th anniversary of WW1 this year, or it could be the political dysfunction we’re in right now, but lately I’ve been recalling the Christmas Truce of 1914. It seems to me that there are lessons in that moment that could apply to us today.
If you aren’t acquainted with the Christmas Truce, it happened at Christmas in 1914 when soldiers on both sides of the trenches quit firing at one another and climbed over the top to exchange holiday pleasantries, share coffee, and even engage in a couple games of football.
What it says about us is that our basics instincts are shared. We’d prefer to have a happy, peaceful holiday with friends and family. Gifts are okay but truth is, in our hearts most of us grasp the greater meaning of the holiday. And in spite of our differences in religious beliefs, cultures, and backgrounds, we thrive when there is a live and let live attitude. We recoil when we are bullied or have our lives disrupted by powers that be who operate on greed and thirst for more power.
There is a good 2005 movie about the truce, Joyeux Noel, if you are interested. But whoever and wherever you are, I hope you put aside your differences with others for the holiday, take a good look around, and realize what is important in life. Chances are, it is the simple thing not bought in a store. For there was nothing that happened in the Shepherd’s Field, or in the Bethlehem cave, or in the trenches of 1914 that came from a Black Friday sale. May the tune in your heart be merry, and a Happy Holiday enjoyed by you!