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Christmas Day Truce, 1914

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Exchanging presents – instead of bullets
Pleasantries – rather than death-knells

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Exchanging tackles – instead of tanks
Goals – rather than grenades

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Exchanging passes – instead of poison
Shooting to score – rather than to kill

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 How we all wish – that the full-time whistle
Had ended – the horrors that followed

every single Christmas, this iconic game tugs at my heartstrings.

I’m hoping the next generation – never forget.

My children have quite willingly read a book I can’t recommend highly enough :

Michael Foreman’s : War Game

I also recommend you look up (on the internet) :

“The best Christmas present in the world”

A short story by the children’s laureate, Michael Morpurgo

Found here :
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2003/dec/23/booksforchildrenandteenagers.christmas

or click here: guardian.co.uk/books/2003/dec/23/booksforchildrenandteenagers.christmas

I’m not ashamed to say it brought tears to my eyes when I re-read it again today.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/christmas-day-truce-1914/