This day in 1914, during the bloodiest war in human history, the soldiers from all sides stopped fighting and joined each other in singing songs and sharing food, drinks, and cigarettes. The peacetime would come to be known as the Christmas Truce. It lasted for about a week, and was reported on by the papers, starting on Dec 31 by the New York Times. Soon after, British papers followed, and the truce ended. The soldiers, for whatever reason, went back to killing each other for their masters. May today be a reminder to all who fight for the state that they have more in common with their enemies than they have differences. May peace prosper.