History and Historiography

The Great War Christmas Truce: ‘They Were Positively Human’

The American Conservative

Dear Reader,Christmas is just two days away and we at The American Conservative hope you have had a blessed Advent. Now I hope you will celebrate the Incarnation of our God in high style, with joy and laughter and good food and good cheer, surrounded by people you love.

In this coming Sunday, we have good news: that though the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now, its Savior has come. The Incarnation is a promise of new creation and the redemption and reconciliation of the old. It declares that though there is sin and sickness, there is also grace and life abundant.

So, dear readers, a very Merry Christmas to you. The law is fulfilled, death overcome, eternity breaks into history, in the son of Mary in a manger in Bethlehem.

As Christina Rossetti said in words that still ring down to us through a dark century:

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

God bless you and your family. Please enjoy the following Christmas-appropriate pieces from our archives.

Best,
Micah Meadowcroft
Web Editor

The Walther’s Family Christmas Staycation

The story of how a family found themselves unprepared for Christmas: a story about a lot of things, but mostly about water and trees.

The Great War Christmas Truce: ‘They Were Positively Human’

For a brief moment in 1914, the guns went silent and the men risked court martial to play soccer, smoke and sing—with the other side.

A Traditional Christmas Needs a Real Downtown

Not feeling the spirit in the big box stories and strip malls? There’s a reason for that.

The bells of Paradise now ring
With bells of Christendom,
And Gloria, Gloria we will sing

That God on earth is come.
―J.R.R. Tolkien

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