Readers are probably familiar with the story of over 100 years ago when British, Belgian and French soldiers laid down rifles, to step out of their wretched trenches and spend Christmas mingling with Germans along the Western front.
Pope Benedict XV had called on authorities some months earlier for a Christmas truce which was rejected, but nevertheless it seems a spirit of Christmas arose effortlessly to sweep over the trenches. Initially it was thought to have begun from an exchange of carols with Germans joining in with the Latin words for ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’ which was well known to both sides.
The event remains etched in the war diaries as a testament of hope that humanity can emerge even from the darkest hours of history. The Open Doors Diamond valley Choir enjoy singing this beautiful song about a longing to be home by the battle weary troops from the film about the event.