One of my favorite Christmas songs is "Christmas in the Trenches" by contemporary singer/songwriter John McCutcheon (he has a MySpace page with lots of info). This song tells about the legendary Christmas truce on the war front in France. His verses take us through the experience of an English soldier who found himself in the trenches on Christmas eve. Sung in first person, it is clearly an anti-war song while also being a pro-peace song that reminds us that "on each end of the rifle we're the same." (Note: This song is featured on his "Winter Solstice" CD and a YouTube performance of John doing it is also available for your viewing enjoyment.)
To learn about the Christmas truce, a very comprehensive explanation can be found at Snopes.com.
I believe this is an appropriate blog for this holiday (note: the term "holiday" comes from "Holy Day" and I believe is most apropos as the "holidays" last, in our home, from the beginning of Advent through the end of 12th night and includes all the holidays/Holy Days - St. Nicholas Day, Santa Lucia Day, Christmas eve, Christmas day, St. Stephen's Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, and Epiphany). I hope that all the associations in your life similarly enjoy a Christmas truce and that your enjoyment of the season will be full and stress-free!