Historical Christmas stories
Something incredible happened on December 24, 1914. Soldiers from both sides put down their weapons, stepped out of their trenches and enemy really did meet enemy between the trenches.
In the afternoon of December 25, 1941, orders came to cease fire, further resistance futile. The white flag was raised; the Governor had signed the surrender of the British Crown colony.
On December 25, 1943, it was Christmas in Ortona. In a bombed-out church at Santa Maria di Constantinopoli, members of the Seaforth Highlanders gathered in shifts for a Christmas dinner a few blocks from the fighting.
During Christmas 1944, Canadian soldiers were helping defend the Allied lines in the Netherlands. They made a special gift for Sussie, a young Dutch girl they befriended.
"Are you really Santa Claus?", a tiny voice asked. It was from a little girl in Colorado Springs. She was following directions in a Sears department store advertisement that the local newspaper had run.
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