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Remembered Today:

Holy Night at 3:30 a.m.


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I could not sleep tonight. I turned on the DVD "Merry Christmas" and remembered the pour souls of Great Britain , France and Germany who suffered 1914 in a cold and holy night. I will go to bed now and find my peace for tonight....

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I could not sleep tonight. I turned on the DVD "Merry Christmas" and remembered the pour souls of Great Britain , France and Germany who suffered 1914 in a cold and holy night. I will go to bed now and find my peace for tonight....

I too have been thinking about them. Three weeks ago I wrote this:

Christmas 1914

It began with Tannenbaume

and “Got mit uns”

and “we got mittens too”.

They met hesitant at first,

between the wire,

on a crust of frozen mud.

Swapped Princess Mary’s tins

of chocolate and tobacco

for Pickelhaube helmets

and belt buckles. Saxon

shook hands with Celt and Saxon;

discussed how best to kill the lice.

Then field grey with khaki

kicked a ball around,

but only after they’d agreed

to bury last weeks dead.

Harry Nicholson

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It just goes to show that people are the same deep down.

There is good in everyone.

And if anything it highlights the futility of war,

yet, this Christmas day, there are both British and German soldiers,

Fighting on a foreign field.

For so-called freedom.

Shame.

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