Christmas Truce 1914, as seen by the Illustrated London News.

Vacations! During World War I around Christmas time, 1914, a series of unofficial cease-fires occurred, and German, British, and French troops sang Christmas hymns and fraternized together. Next, consider lyrics from “Singing in the Rain”: “I’m singin’ in the rain . . . What a glorious feelin’, I’m happy again. I’m laughing at clouds, So dark up above. The sun’s in my heart, And I’m ready for love.” Last, use a vacation to become spiritually centered, and see others, not merely as drenched in rainstorms of cultural tensions, but looking by faith through these storms into the other’s spirit center.