Something remarkable happened in the trenches along the Western Front around Christmas time in 1914.
As Philip Smith of the Juneau Chapter of Veterans for Peace recounts the tale, German troops fighting in World War 1 began singing “Stille Nacht,” or Silent Night, in the foxholes. Suddenly, the Brits joined in.
The result was a series of unofficial ceasefires wherein soldiers laid down their arms, crossed into enemy lines and befriended one another. They played games, swapped photos, shared cigarettes and sang Christmas songs together.