Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Let "Peace on Earth; Goodwill Toward Men" Begin with Me

Peace on Earth by Bryan Miles

I tried on a Santa suit

The boots and the hat
Holiday treats
Are getting me fat
But I don't feel so jolly
And I'm really not sure
How can anyone be jolly with our country at war?

- See the rest of the poem here:

The Christmas Truce

On Christmas Eve, 1915, German and British soldiers met peacefully recognize Christmas. Part of the story is told in the first-person from a journal of a soldier who was there.

A song was recorded by Celtic Thunder, in 2008, called Christmas, 1915. The irony is sad and overwhelming. Link:

'Twas the Night Before Christmas' written by a peace keeping soldier

Twas the night before Christmas
He lived all alone
In a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone
I had come down the chimney with presents to give
And to see just who in this home did live
I looked all about a strange sight I did see
No tinsel no presents not even a tree
No stocking by the mantle just boots filled with sand
On the wall hung pictures of far distant lands...
See the rest of the poem here:

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," after a year of personal tragedy in the Civil War Era.
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Merry Christmas (The War is Over)

John Lennon's Christmas song, accompanied by heart-wrenching photos of war, destruction, suffering and death. The light-hearted melody evokes pathos and is satirical when accompanied by the tragic images. Very powerful and painful video to watch.


Let There Be Peace on Earth

Beautiful version of this song by the Harlem Boys' Choir!

Amazing Peace

This Christmas poem was written by Maya Angelou and read at the 2005 tree-lighting ceremony in Washington, DC.

Prayer of St. Francis

"Prayer of St. Francis" put to music. Link:

A Christmas Message of Hope for Peace

A message of hope for peace in the Middle East with connections to the Biblical stories of Anna and Simeon. There are also historical references comparing the conflicts in the Middle East then to the conflicts existing there now. Link:

Religious Organizations Working to Promote World Peace

HuffPost Religion shared this list of national and international religious organizations that are working to promote peace on local, national and international levels.