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The first unofficial truce begins in World War I.

While not being organized between the British and German governments, nearly 100,000 soldiers of each of the countries on the Western Front, which ran through parts of Luxembourg, Belgium, and later France, ceased fighting and began decorating their trenches with candles and singing Christmas carols back and forth.

As the truce continued, the two sides came together and exchanged small gifts, while also participating in soccer games.

The truce was the first of many in Word War I, though this one would pave the way for holiday breaks in wartime.

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