Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Christmas in the Trenches

Without a doubt, the hardest Christmas away from home is that of the soldier.
John McCutcheon's song about the Christmas Truce of 1914 reminds us that the world was once a more civil place.

John McCutcheon - Christmas in the Trenches


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I promised myself not to go catching any Christmas songs in my net and now you've had me haul in two of them. Lovely voice on McCutcheon which lends itself well to the song's subject.

I'm not aware of any of my Newfoundland ancestors spending a WW I Christmas away. We were an unusually sober lot when it came to volunteering for that sort of trouble. Back in those days Newfoundland was still a colony of England. Of the provinces which now make up Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador sent more men per capita to fight in that war and spend the holidays in the trenches than any other. They all volunteered and a pile of them died that's for sure.

They are not forgotten but it would be dishonest to say they are thought of much now. I heard of a veteran dying up here recently who was 106 years old. Thanks for reminding us with a song that with all the wars punishing humanity all 'round the globe these days there will be lots of men and women wishing they were in more seasonal surroundings.

- Mr.BNH

December 20, 2005 10:51 PM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

Wow, great posting, Ed. With too many of my kid's friends coming back from and going to war (Ryan leaves right after the new year & Jeremiah returned w/ a Purple Heart about 2 months ago, just to name a few) this song touched an especially tender part of my heart.

December 21, 2005 9:33 AM  
Anonymous nap said...

I too am grateful for the service of all soldiers past and present.

My father came home from WWII with a Bronze Star and Purple Heart but little else other then being a changed man. My oldest brother survived many close calls in the air force during his service only to return a cynical man. My brother in-line returned home from Vietnam to face angry Americans and now his son has set off to follow his footsteps.

May the soldiers of past rest in peace and many thanks for the ones that will follow!

December 21, 2005 10:50 AM  

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