How about a truce for Christmas

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Itís Christmas Weekend, so letís make a deal.

Letís not argue about tax policies, sexual harassment, North Korean threats or presidential preferences.

Can we agree on just one thing this weekend? That weíll put down our verbal arms and link arms instead?

There is a precedent, which many of you already know about. We harken back to Christmas Eve 1914, in the trenches of a Western Front battlefield.

In a document later published by The New York Times (hold the Fake News retorts, please; itís Christmas!), Graham Williams of the Fifth Rifle London Brigade wrote:

ďFirst the Germans would sing one of their carols and then we would sing one of ours, until when we started up ĎO Come, All Ye Faithfulí the Germans immediately joined in singing the same hymn to the Latin words Adeste Fideles. And I thought, well, this is really a most extraordinary thing ≠ó two nations both singing the same carol in the middle of a war.Ē

An excellent article on adds this:

The next morning, in some places, German soldiers emerged from their trenches, calling out ďMerry ChristmasĒ in English. Allied soldiers came out warily to greet them. In others, Germans held up signs reading ďYou no shoot, we no shoot.Ē Over the course of the day, troops exchanged gifts of cigarettes, food, buttons and hats. The Christmas truce also allowed both sides to finally bury their dead comrades, whose bodies had lain for weeks on ďno manís land,Ē the ground between opposing trenches.

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No manís land, by the way, was about 100 feet ó just over a third of a football field. Death was that close. So was friendship, albeit fleeting.

The point is, if they could do that then, maybe we can do something now.

For this weekend, at least, letís give the gift of kindness. Kind words. Kind gestures. Kind acts.

By the time Tuesday rolls around, who knows? Maybe acting a little bit like Christ will have become a habit.

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