1. Do you envision a similar truce taking place in any wars or fighting today? Explain.
It is interesting to envision a truce taking place in any war as it happened in World War I in 1914. Often I used to think about the war between India and Pakistan. It is a never ending war between the two countries. These no nations declare cease fire or cessation of wai temporarily. The common festivals like Diwali or Ramzan are celebrated by the soldiers in No man's Land between the borders of two countries. They exchange their gifts and their love for one another. Though they enjoy the fervour of peace and harmony, war is unavoidable as they have to obey the orders and go ahead in war. They could not help it and go with it. But it is exciting to envision the enemies in the battle field befriending and celebrating Diwali or Ramzan or any other festival for that matter.
“Peace can end war but war can't bring peace”.
2. Today, much of what we know about the truce comes from soldiers’ postcards home. In the postcard given below, write a short message home, imagine that you took part in the 1914 Christmas Truce.
Christmas Day, 1914.
I can't help writing to you about what happened here. You may wonder that we had a break in the battle field. It was because of Christmas Eve. To our surprise, the Germans came out of their trenches. They called us to come to the ground between the trench called 'No man's Land'. They had the preparation for Christmas celebration. They placed the Christmas trees in front of the trench lit with candles and lanterns.
The Germans sang 'Silent Night, Holy Night". It was very lovely. We applauded their singing. Then we sang "The First Nowell, the angel did say…….. " They responded with their applause.
We exchanged our gift in food, buttons etc. No one wanted war but peace. Even the Germans want to end war and go home. We hope to see you all soon.
Your loving son,