Wing Commander author William R. Forstchen and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich have written a short Christmas article at PHXnews.com, which reflects on the holiday during the American Civil War. Forstchen and Gingrich recently published Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War, a highly detailed alternate history. To quote:
The true miracle of that Christmas at war... that in the end we as a nation would heal. In defense of our freedom, great-grandsons of the soldiers of 1862, North and South, white and black, would serve side by side in the freezing cold of Bastogne and in the extraordinary heat of Guadalcanal, and on this Christmas of 2003, soldiers of our country yet again stand the long, lonely watch, so that back home, we may quietly celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, and the Miracle of the Lights in the Temple.