the annual Christmas Day truce

Copyright-Scott L. Vannatter

Photograph: Scott L. Vannatter

They say it was quite the sight: German and British soldiers emerging from their trenches to play soccer in no-man’s land during the unofficial 1914 Christmas Day truce.* Warring sides playing nice for 24 hours.

We sign our pledge every Christmas Eve: to behave in a kind, compassionate and friendly way towards each other on Christmas Day.

No cat and mouse games. No taking of prisoners to impress the two-footers. No intra-cupboard scratching, munching, leavings.

Our 2016 Christmas truce. Signed: Fluff Bunny III (for all) and Wiggle Nose Roundears (for all).  (100 words)

Written for Friday Fictioneers, December 25, 2016

A short video on the Christmas Truce, 1914

A 45 minute documentary: The Great War: Christmas Truce in the series: The Fog of War


8 thoughts on “the annual Christmas Day truce

  1. rochellewisoff December 29, 2015 / 4:38 pm

    Dear Phylor,

    Historical fiction is always a hit with me. Great names for this year’s truce. ;) lovely.




    • tale weaver/ing January 1, 2016 / 12:38 am

      Thank you.
      I’ve enjoyed Friday Fictioneers 2015 and look forward to FF 2016 — all the best of the new year.


  2. gahlearner December 28, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    Great story, much fun. I, too, love the names.


    • tale weaver/ing December 29, 2015 / 1:26 am

      Thanks! It was fun imagining a truce between cat and mouse on Christmas Day, and then deciding what to call the signees.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. momtheobscure December 26, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    This was a very fun story. And thanks for the bit of the history lesson! I saw the Fog of War, but never remember details!


    • tale weaver/ing December 29, 2015 / 1:27 am

      Thanks, and you’re most welcome re the history lesson. This particular story has always struck me about how war, hatred, propaganda, and belief tie together in strange and encouraging ways at times.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Susan December 25, 2015 / 11:51 pm

    I liked your story, especially the names. :)


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