Sainsbury’s, the second largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom, commemorated the 100th anniversary of the First World War’s “Christmas Truce” a couple years back with this incredibly poignant ad. As described by The Telegraph:
“On Christmas Day 100 years ago, British and German soldiers put down their weapons and ventured into No Man’s Land to wish each other Merry Christmas.
The video portrays the Christmas Day truce, as it was described in letters and diaries from both sides.
It begins with the German troops singing Silent Night, before the carol is taken up by the British men sitting just a few hundred yards away in their trench.
Eventually a young British soldier, Jim, dares to leave his trench and greet his rivals. Soon both sides are exchanging stories and festive greetings. A football match even takes place before the two armies exchange parting gifts…”
May the humanity of these soldiers amidst the insanity of a world at war give us all hope. Simply a beautiful reminder of a long ago event.