New from the Deputy Prime Minister’s office:
In 1914, a young soldier wrote home to tell his family and friends about Christmas spent in the trenches of World War One. “It was a memorable day,” he said. “From Christmas Eve to Boxing Day, not a shot being fired.”
In this centenary year, we’re again reminded of the importance of these brief informal truces, which gave soldiers on both sides a moment’s respite from that violent conflict, and which, in the decades since, have come to symbolise the power of Christmas to bring people together, even in the most challenging of circumstances.