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My name is Francis Tolliver, in Liverpool I dwell
Each Christmas come since World War I I've learned its lessons well
That the ones who call the shots won't be among the dead and lame
And on each end of the rifle we're the same.
—– 'Christmas in the Trenches' by John McCutcheon
2014 is the 30 th anniversary of one of my favorite Christmas albums, Winter Solstice by John McCutcheon. It contains the song 'Christmas in the Trenches' about the 1914 World War I Christmas Truce, an event marking its Centennial this Christmas Eve.
Christmas music has become an annoyance to many people. It starts earlier every year. It is everywhere. It seems there is no escape. Yet I seldom hear this song played and that's a shame. It is a powerful reminder of the importance of common experience and music to unite and heal. On Christmas Eve in 1914 a lone German soldier singing 'Stille Nacht /Silent Night' inspired the British soldiers to join the song and then meet in No Man's Land to share stories, supplies, and goodwill. Some of the details have been disputed through the years but it doesn't detract from the story. What everyone agrees on is that it did happen.
Winter Solstice is available to check out as a CD or as a digital download through our Hoopla service. In addition to 'Christmas in the Trenches' it contains the rousing 'Old Christmas Morning /Breaking Up Christmas' a traditional Appalachian fiddle tune, an elegant instrumental version of the Jewish classic 'Erev Shel Shoshanim', 'Star in the East' a beautiful English hymn, and 'Detroit, December' a song that has acquired an additional layer of poignancy thirty years later.
- Shooting At the Stars is a juvenile picture book about the Christmas Truce
- Joyeux Noel is an Academy-Award-nominated foreign film
- A live solo performance of 'Christmas In the Trenches' by John McCutcheon
- 'This I Believe' segment from NPR recounting a wounded Viet Nam veteran's experience hearing 'Silent Night' on Christmas Eve 1968
"The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" by Ayana Mathis
This novel by a debut author is written in a thoughtful and very approachable style. The story is told through a series of vignettes focusing on Hattie and her eleven children and one of her grandchildren. While it is a relatively quick and easy read, it packs a big punch as the author weaves you through the years and the lives of Hattie's family. The novel is extremely compelling and I would highly recommend it to anybody who enjoys Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor or Sandra Cisneros.
"The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien
This is the story of a reluctant adventurer who battles enormous forces. Bilbo Baggins, the protagonist, likes his creature comforts and is unsure as he sets out on an incredible journey to complete an important task. In order to succeed he needs to learn how to get along with others and stand up for what he believes in. It is an inspiring tale of adventure, fellowship, uncertainty, and strength.
"The Forgotten Garden: A Novel" by Kate Morton
The Forgotten Garden shifts back and forth through time to solve a mystery about a four year old girl Nell; abandoned and waiting alone on a dock in Australia for parents who never come. The only link to her past is a little white suitcase the child carried when she was found.
Nell embarks on an adventure and attempts to piece together the mystery surrounding her past. Her travels lead her to Blackhurst Manor, delving deep into a family's secrets and purchasing a cottage in Cornwall near the Manor. Before she can solve the mystery of her past, Nell dies but her grandaughter Cassandra takes up the quest. This is a fairytale-like novel with old houses and hidden gardens all containing secrets and surprises.