Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas in the Trenches

Last week, actually the day after the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, I read this fabulous historical fiction Christmas book,  Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon.  This is not your typical Santa, reindeer, stockings kind of Christmas story, but this is a very touching story that should be read every Christmas season.

The story is set during World War I in the trenches of a British army.  The German army trenches are just across the way and not far from the British army.  It is Christmas eve and both armies agreed to a night of no fighting in honor of the holidays.

The story continues to tell how both the Germans and the British would alternate singing, across the trenches, Christmas carols in their own language.  They even met in the middle and shared a Christmas tree, played soccer together, and enjoyed the company of one another.

I found this picture book to be a heartwarming story during the Christmas season.  In the back of the book you find where the author received his information.  In all actuality it was not one area during that night that did all of these things.  However, all of these events were actually done by different groups of the army that night.

I hope you find the opportunity to pick this picture book up and enjoy this Christmas historical fiction.

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