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What Was the Most Significant Event to Happen on a Holiday?

A big question
Source: Graham Roumieu

Samantha Bradbeer, archivist and historian, Hallmark

On Christmas Eve 1914, thousands of British, French, and German troops along the Western Front of World War I initiated an unofficial cease-fire known as Men from both sides entered no-man’s-land to sing carols, exchange cards and presents, enjoy games, and share cigarettes, treats, and

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