Stille Nacht

This is more of a “Performance of Social Justice” than it is a “Hymn of Social Justice.”  My first Christmas related post was about a fun take on the Christmas Truce of 1914.  Now I would like to end my Christmas posts for this year with a serious take on the same event.

As a recap, On Christmas Eve, 1914, soldiers all along the Western Front laid down their weapons and, for an all too temporary time, they went against orders and refused to kill each other.  They proved that peace can be found and that battle ground can become common ground.  They reminded us that most wars are fought by the rich with the blood of you and me so that they can get more power.  They reminded us that a bunch of normal, rational people can refuse to fight and make war stop.

For about a decade now the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has held an annual Christmas Concert which involves a special guest performer.  Their special guest in 2002 was the legendary Walter Cronkite.  AS the choir sang, Cronkite narrated the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914, teaching new generations “The way it was” and the way it can be, when good people refuse to kill.  Watching it the Sunday before Christmas has become one of my family’s most spiritual Christmas traditions.

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