The Christmas Truce by David G. Stratman From his book We Can Change the World Inspirational Christmas Story It was December 25, 1914, only 5 months into World War I. German, British, and French soldiers, already sick and tired of the senseless killing, disobeyed their superiors and fraternized with “the enemy” along two-thirds of the […]


I’m up a chuffin’ ladder, fixing chuffin’ fairy lights. Me ‘ands are chuffin freezin’, and I’m scared of chuffin’ heights. It’s the same each chuffin’ Christmas. It’s such a chuffin’ chore. When the chuffin’ season’s done, then they’re chuffin’ down once more. Then it’s fetch the chuffin’ turkey, and stuff the chuffin’ thing. And chuffin’ […]


Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. I had cut back on nonessential obligations – extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending. Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of Christmas. My son, Nicholas, was in […]

The Tablecloth

At Christmastime, men and women everywhere gather in their churches to wonder anew at the greatest miracle the world has ever known. But the story I like best to recall was not a miracle—not exactly. It happened to a pastor who was very young. His church was very old. Once, long ago, it had flourished. […]