I have to be honest, the words of Silent Night have never brought tears to my eyes until I connected the song to the Christmas Trouce of 1914. We all learned about the Christmas trouce in our History class in high school. For me, back then, it was just another fact to remember for the exam. It wasn’t until my church brought the story to life that it had a deeper meaning.
You see, every year close to Christmas, my church has a carol sing along night. This year, four men from the congregation dressed up as soilders and told the story of the Christmas Trouce. They told it as if they themselves were soilders writing home about what had happened. I have to say that the German accents were well done.
When they introduced the song Silent Night, and we began singing it, first in German, then in English, this song suddenly became my favorite carol. The words had a deeper meaning because I could picture the moment it happened. It truely was a silent and Holy night. One where for the first and only time, the birth of Jesus Christ was more important than who was on what side.