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The Christmas Truce (1914 - Ploegsteert Belgium). There had been intense fighting in this area during October and November 1914, but by Christmas the war had developed into the stalemate of trench warfare. As Christmas approached incidents occurred when soldiers sang carols and shouted greetings across no man’s land. On Christmas Eve German soldiers in some sectors began to place candles along their trenches and erect Christmas trees. On Christmas Day some soldiers began to venture into no man’s land and soon there were groups of men meeting and exchanging greetings and gifts of schnapps, chocolates, cigarettes and souvenirs, such as buttons from their uniforms. A lot of soldiers played football that night.