Troops stop fighting for the holiday

Christmas Truce

BELGIUM – DECEMBER 25: German and British troops celebrating Christmas together during a temporary cessation of WWI hostilities known as the Christmas Truce. (Photo by Mansell/Mansell/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Here’s a bit of history from Time that took place around Christmas 1914. Accounts may differ on the exact date and circumstances, but it’s still an interesting story for the holiday.

On a crisp, clear morning 100 years ago, thousands of British, Belgian and French soldiers put down their rifles, stepped out of their trenches and spent Christmas mingling with their German enemies along the Western front. In the hundred years since, the event has been seen as a kind of miracle, a rare moment of peace just a few months into a war that would eventually claim over 15 million lives. But what actually happened on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day of 1914 — and did they really play soccer on the battlefield? Read more about it at Time.