The famed "Christmas Truce" of 1914 was not repeated for the following yuletides, as all sides grew literally and figuratively entrenched in their mutual hatred. Cartoons Magazine resurrected this John Darling cartoon from 1916 in its December, 1917 issue, no doubt because of the practical matter of not having more up-to-date Christmas cartoons in time for the magazine's November publishing deadline. Surely, however, the sentiment was even more poignant to its American readership now that the U.S. was in the war Over There.
|"It Seems Almost Heartless to Be Happy" by John "Ding" Darling in New York Tribune, December 20, 1916|
The caption of this next cartoon seems likely to have been added by newspaper or syndicate editors, since the cartoon itself clearly depicts children of Romania, France, Serbia and Armenia in addition to those of Belgium. British and German forces were battling each other on Belgian soil as winter set in, which was covered extensively in the American press; but then, so were other fronts in the war. (Romania, by the way, signed a truce with the Central Powers on December 10.)
|"How Santa Claus Finds Belgian Children" by Bob Satterfield fin Cleveland News, December, 1917|
|"Christmas in Belgium!" by A.D. Condo in Cleveland Press, December, 1917|
|"Christmas, 1917" by James Fergus Kyle (?) for Canadian Liberal Monthly, Ottawa, December, 1917|
|"A Disappointed Santa Claus" by Sam Hunter in Toronto World, December 25, 1917|
At the Chicago Examiner, Harry Murphy devoted a lot of ink to his publisher's various holiday-themed charity drives.
|"Where They Meet" by Harry Murphy in Chicago Examiner, December 21, 1917|
|"The Good Fairy" by Harry Murphy in Chicago Examiner, December 8, 1917|
|"His Christmas List" by John McCutcheon in Chicago Tribune, December, 1917|
So, with malice toward none and charity for all (whoops, sorry, wrong war), let's close out with Harry Murphy's cartoon for Christmas Day.
|"Christmas Bells" by Harry Murphy in Chicago Examiner, December 25, 1917|
And in despair I bowed my head
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow