At Christmas time during World War One soldiers on both sides stopped fighting for Christmas. They climbed out of their trenches and sang this and other songs together. It was a new idea. The common soldier, the grunt, he cares nothing about the policies of the leaders of the country, he just does the job he is given to be best of his ability and has more in common with the enemy than he does with the leadership of his own country. Both sides seemed to recognize this comradeship at once and for a few magical hours in a world war, they sang together. Sadly when christmas day was over they got back in their trenches and comminced to fire at each other again.