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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Amazing Sainsbury Christmas Ad Based on WW I True Story of Christmas on the Battlefield

Watch the ad and then read the story about this true event when soldiers on the front lines gave up fighting to celebrate "peace on earth" for at least a few hours.



Christmas Truce on the WW I Front

An opinion piece in The Guardian called the ad dangerous and disrespectful because it "made [war] beautiful."

No! It made the love between men that can take place even in the most horrific experiences beautiful. Most wars are unnecessary and senseless. But there are events in every war and people bringing about those events who rise above the evil and thrill our hearts because they are brave and beautiful.

We don't love World War II because people like Oskar Schindler, Raoul Wallenberg, Msgr. Hugh O'Flaherty and Irene Sendler saved the persecuted. (See a list of 25 heroes of WW II who put their lives on the line.) But they shine against the darkness of the evil giving us hope. They are like lighthouses that guide storm-tossed ships to safety.

I love the Sainsbury ad! It captures a moment during WW I that really happened. We should rejoice that those soldiers set aside their weapons even for a short time. It showed that man does not love killing his brothers. Shouldn't we all rejoice over that? Let us pray this Christmas especially for peace among all nations, tribes, and families. Come, O Prince of Peace.

2 comments:

Elizabeth said...

There was a beautiful film about that true event. Called "Joyeux Noel". Well worth a rental.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Thanks, Elizabeth, I'll look for it.