There is no other holiday that is more celebrated or has affected more people throughout the world than the Christmas season. Despite the meaning of the Christian faith for the season, Christmas remains top of the list with individuals of most beliefs.
Christmas is the secret excitement of brightly wrapped presents under a fully-decorated tree or flashing lights outlining homes and businesses and churches, and Christmas trees brilliantly lighted near shopping malls with Santa Claus and eager children.
Many exciting miracles have happened over the years during the holiday of Christmas that are hard to explain for normal, logical, scientifically enhanced individuals. However, they have happened, nonetheless.
Here is an example of one such miracle that defies explanation. Many call it a legend but proof from those who experienced it substantiates that it happened.
The Christmas Truce
The world was at war. It was cold and the bitter winds broke across the soldiers’ faces as they hid out among the trenches during the battles of the “War to End All Wars” or what was named later, World War I.
Many common soldiers in these trenches had been fighting desperately to hold their lines against the enemy, but somehow Christmas set aside the brutal battle for just an hour, a day, or even just a minute. It started on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1914.
Some German soldiers were simply decorating the trenches with candles and singing Christmas carols. Soon the British joined in with carols of their own and then greetings and gift-giving were exchanged across “No Man’s Land” of food, tobacco, and souvenirs. Fallen comrades were transported from the bloody battle and buried with co-joined services.
It was not a complete truce with all of the troops and there were risks. However, the most opposing force against this Christmas Truce were the commanders of the troops. Fraternization during war was not allowed under any circumstances, even Christmas.
In later years, when common soldiers would have enjoyed a respite from the battle, higher personnel were ordered to cease any kind of fraternization on pain of death.
Christmas Miracle Movies
Christmas Miracles tend to make a continuous recurrence in movies about the holiday season. In fact, one would tend to guess that 98.9 percent of all Christmas movies produced, especially in America, has at least one unexplained miracle or coincidence that tend to bring the characters involved to their climatic conclusion.
Perhaps the most well-known Christmas movie with a miracle could be “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. Little is known, however, that this movie had given Stewart some unusual experiences of his own.
For example, Stewart wrote an article about “It’s a Wonderful Life” for Guideposts Magazine, 1977. He said that during the scene in the bar where George Bailey was completely distraught and praying to God for guidance, he felt an emotional experience.
“As I said those words, I felt the loneliness, the hopelessness of people who had nowhere to turn, and my eyes filled with tears. I broke down sobbing. This was not planned at all, but the power of that prayer, the realization that our Father in heaven is there to help the hopeless, had reduced me to tears.
“Frank (Capra, director), who loved spontaneity in his films, was ecstatic. He wanted a close-up of me saying that prayer, but was sensitive enough to know that my breaking down was real and that repeating it in another take was unlikely. But Frank got his close-up anyway.
“The following week he worked long hours in the film laboratory, again and again enlarging the frames of that scene so that eventually it would appear as a close-up on the screen.”
Stewart said that despite the cast and crew’s hopes for the Oscar nominations, the film was not awarded anything and could have dissolved in the Hollywood film archives.
Nevertheless, many would not allow that and it became "an American cultural phenomenon” with people all over the world shedding a tear as George Bailey runs down the center of Bedford Falls screaming joyously, “Merry Christmas!”
Fascination with Christmas Miracles
So, why are we so fascinated by “the Christmas miracle”? Why does nearly every movie that produces a Christmas theme have to have a miracle whether it is a miraculous occurrence or a metaphysical one?
It can be traced back to the reason for Christmas in the first place, the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, Israel.
His birth was phenomenal based on the fact that He was born of a virgin (miracle number 1); and His father was Jehovah-God (miracle number 2); and His birth was prophesied by the ancient Biblical texts (miracle number 3).
Wishing You A Christmas Miracle
So, in celebration of the ultimate gift, God’s gift of the baby Jesus, those of Christian faith give gifts to loved ones in honor of Him. Those who celebrate on the secular level enjoy the holiday by finding the best gifts and giving them to friends and loved ones.
Everyone looks for the miracle of Christmas, yet they know that Christmas is the miracle in itself for us all.
Enjoy this Christmas and remember the Child that grew into a Man . . . a Man of unbound miracles which lasts all year long.
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