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Christmas at War on My Merry

By Associate Editor B. Francis Morlan
American soldiers in the South Pacific in 1943 make a Christmas tree out of medical supplies and cigartte cartons

Wars don't stop for Christmas. And as the stories below steadily point out wars don't stop Christmas from being celebrated. From the history of Christmas at war to the true personal stories of Christmas spent on the front lines all over the world this special section of My Merry Christmas is dedicated to the fighting women and men who wear their country's uniform. We hope all who come to this page read every story of Christmas spent far from home and how a season of peace made enduring a season of war easier.

Christmas During the Civil War
It was the war that fundamentally changed America -- and Christmas -- as we knew it.

Washington's Christmas at War -- Two Christmases from the Revolutionary War highlight both the personal and public victories and defeats of General George Washington. These inspiring tales of Christmas 1776 and Christmas 1777 contain not only vital history but also personal reflection on a season where war has no place.

The Year Santa was Nearly Banned -- The Great War -- World War I - meant sacrifices for nearly everyone.

The Christmas Truce -- For one brief Christmas evening both sides laid down their weapons and celebrated Christmas.

Christmas During the Revolutionary War -- Christmas was not celebrated by everyone during colonial times. But it played a part in the war that brought America to the world stage.

Somewhere in France -- The Christmas musings of a journalist-soldier in World War II. He did not survive but his writings have.

A Christmas When Life Overshadowed Death -- News that isn't easy to take from the front lines changes Christmas for one family.

Of Greatest Worth -- The Christmas lessons learned by an American school teacher working in a Japanese Relocation Center during World War II.

Korat Christmas -- Military Christmas memories of a time serving far from home.

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