WWI Christmas Truce
It was Christmas Eve of 1914 and a cold winter night. 100,000 soldiers from Germany and Britain were stationed on the Western Front, divided only by a piece of land called No Man´s Land.
The world was engaged in a bitter war that no one could see the end. But here, on no man´s land, enemies put the war aside and showed the world that humanity and peace can shine even during the darkest times.
Bullets and bombs stopped illuminating the sky that night to let kindness and love be the only light.
German troops decorated their trenches with candles and an improvised Christmas tree. They had decided to celebrate with the little that they had and started singing Christmas carols.
On the other side, the British soldiers heard the singing and decided to reply with carols of their own.
It didn’t took long before both parties started shouting Christmas greetings to each other. Soon thereafter, there were excursions across No Man’s Land, where small gifts were exchanged, such as food, tobacco and alcohol, and souvenirs such as buttons and hats. The artillery in the region fell silent. The truce also allowed a breathing spell where recently killed soldiers could be brought back behind their lines by burial parties. Joint services were held. In many sectors, the truce lasted through Christmas night, continuing until New Year’s Day in others.
There are unofficial reports that many of this soldiers escaped the war after having hugged their imposed enemies. They couldn’t bear the thought of having to kill their new-found friends.
The war wasn’t between them, it was just in their minds.
500 Strangers Block Officers Attempt to Evict Cancer-Striken Grandfather From His Home.
Tom Crawford from the United Kingdom has been battling two wars: prostate cancer and eviction from the home he´s shared with his wife Susan for 27 years.
He was paying his mortgage to the corporation Bradford and Bingley starting in 1988 (which no longer exists) after his mortgage was passed down to another corporation -where Mr Craford´s interest rate went sky-rocket, without him knowing he had been paying only interest instead of his mortgage.
The British courts ruled against him and ordered Mr. Crawford to pay the remaining £43,000. Unable to do so, Tom Crawford hit the social media in search of help and support, he posted a video o Youtube asking for help and 500 stranger showed up at his doorstep in a successful attempt to block the officers “right” to evict Mr Crawford.
I guess this just goes on to show the power that unity has. We have been made to believe that we are powerless against banks, corporations and corrupt governments. Tom Crawford was being the victim of a system that only supports the already rich and powerful but officer´s never imagined that strangers would travel hundreds of miles to show that they care and that they would stand tall against injustice.
A Stray Dog Finds New Home Thousand of Miles From Where He Was Born
Mikael Lindnord and his team of the Team Peak Performance were on a physically and mentally demanding race through the Ecuadorian rainforest. When a furry, little creature tagged along. It only took ONE meatball, that Mikael fed to the starving creature for him to never leave their side again.
Arthur he was named. Through mud, mountains and lakes Arthur followed. The team tried to get rid of him for his own safety, but every attempt became useless under the determination Arthur had to become part of the team.
Arthur more than company became a burden, the team had to share their food with him, help him when he got stuck in the mud and carry him into the kayak when we was too tired to swim.
When the race was over, the team had grown fond of Arthur and couldn’t bear the thought of leaving him behind to fend for himself.
Mikael Lindnord made the decision to take him back to Sweden with him. After the long flight and six months in quarantine, Arthur became reunited with his new family.
Arthur is now living comfortably in his new home in Sweden, with a human sister and incredibly loving foster parents.
Photo credit: The Arthur photos were taken from the Team Peak Performance Facebook page.