Stone Advent Windows 2014 will commemorate the centenary of the WW1 Christmas Truce.
During the first Christmas of the war, something unique happened in some parts of the Western Front, when British and German troops agreed to temporarily put down their weapons.
The British High Command disapproved of this truce and warned the soldiers not to go ahead with it. They even suggested that the Germans were planning an attack on Christmas Eve. However, the troops ignored them and on Christmas Day 1914, no guns were fired.
On Christmas Eve, soldiers from both sides met in no man’s land. They sang Christmas carols, like ‘Silent Night’ (‘Stille Nacht’ in German). There was even a burial service for dead soldiers where the bodies of German and British soldiers were buried next to each other.
Men from both sides gave gifts to each other, mostly food. The Germans gave sausages to the British and the British gave the Germans chocolates.
On Christmas Day, a football match was played between German and British troops on the Western Front. This was started by a British soldier kicking a football out of his trench. The Germans then joined in. It was reported that Germany won the match 3-2!
At midnight, in one part of the trenches, a flare was lit to tell soldiers it was time for them to return to fighting. But in other parts of the Western Front, the truce went on until New Year.
“Through window displays using pictures, creative models etc we would like to bring the Bible Story and that message of Peace and Goodwill to Stone,” said organiser Helen Bowes from Christ Church, Stone. “Christmas is the time when God sent his son into the world as a promise of peace and hope for us all. The nativity, the stable, angels, the shepherds and the Wise Men – this message of Hope and Peace came to, and for, everyone.”
“To acknowledge the 1914 Christmas truce, it is hoped that each advent window will feature a small poppy and the words ‘Peace and Goodwill to ALL people’. Each morning from 1st to 24th December, the Advent windows will open at 11.00am. “We hope a good crowd will turn out every day to sing the featured carol,” said Helen.
Windows opening dates
1st – Monday Birchill and Watson
2nd – Tuesday – Dunoon
3th – Wednesday – The Dezign Room
4th – Thursday – Crazy Daisies
Window created by Oak Tree Farm
5th Friday – Katharine House (Clothes)
Window created by Manor Hillbillies
6th – Saturday – Cancer Research
Window created by the Brownies
7th – Sunday – Costa Coffee
Window created by Women’s Institute
8th – Monday – Mayfairs Dry Cleaners
Window created by Oulton 1st School
9th – Tuesday – Hair & Beauty Salon
Window created by St Dominics Priory
10th – Wednesday -Lock-keepers Salon
Window created by St Dominics Primary
11th – Thursday – Shear Genius
Window created by Christ Church Academy
12th – Friday – Zeta
Window created by St Michael’s School
13th Saturday – Stone Library
Window created by Walton Priory School
14th – Sunday – The Swan
Window created by Oulton Church
15th – Monday – Chantilly
16th – Tuesday – All Seasons
Window created by Christchurch 1st School
17th – Wednesday – Follwells
Window created by Oulton Abbey Playgroup
18th – Thursday – John Burtons Solicitor
Window created by Pirehill 1st School
19th – Friday – Home and Colour
Window created by Alleynes
20th – Saturday – The Blue Room
Window created by Smarty’s Nursery
21st – Sunday – The Mill
Window created by Meaford Day Nursery
22nd – Monday – Nusyte Opticians
Window created by Trinity Skills for Life
23rd – Tuesday – The Royal Exchange
Window created by Mumbles Day Nursery
24th – Wednesday – Christ Church