There can be no doubt that the success of the attack on and stand against the enemy at St. Lambert sur Dives can largely be attributed to this officer’s coolness ... London Gazette, no.36812, 27 November 1944
We should all remember the true meaning of Christmas.
It's a pagan time of feasting and fun, celebrating the coming of winter, the end of the fighting season and a time of plenty after the gathering of the harvests, the slaughter of animals who can't be fed through the lean months and the general gobbling up of stuff that won't keep. It's a time for huddling together indoors and being with the family as the weather prevents travelling and roaming abroad looking for mischief.
Oh, and the Christian feast day to commemorate the birth of Jesus was moved forward five months in an attempt to obliterate existing religious festivals.
"You're a big man, but you're in bad shape. With me, it's a full time job." – Lt. Bromhead to Prince Dabulamanzi before the Battle of Rorke's Drift.
Cubster wrote:Oh, and the Christian feast day to commemorate the birth of Jesus was moved forward five months in an attempt to obliterate existing religious festivals.
Yes, this is the excact reason Cromwell and the puritans banned Christmas.
However this all happened well over 100's of years ago, and perhaps we could get over it and allow each to celebrate the season in our own ways with out criticism, recrimination and finger pointing.
And perhaps after a year characterised by greed, selfishness and violence a message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is one we could all give some time to regardless of personal beleifs or creeds.
Rufus T. Firefly: Oh, I'm sick of messages from the front. Don't we ever get a message from the side?