"We were only forty yards from the Germans, with whom we chatted, following a sort of unofficial truce. But talking is strictly forbidden with them now.You should have heard our fellows singing carols and hymns: it was grand. One of our men accompanied on a mouth organ. They call us "The Musical Mons" as we are nearly always singing songs or hymns when things are quiet.
I should like to have been home for Christmas but we will have a jolly time when I do come home; that will be after I have done my duty. I am glad to say I am keeping well. You should see us coming out of the trenches! We are in a plight sometimes!
I do not require anything in the clothing line, thank you, as we get a change every time we come out of the trenches. I should, however, like some candles, sugar and cocoa.".