Belgian troops in trenches receive Christmas parcels.
Christmas on Western Front (Belgium?).
Belgian troops lark about for camera; receive presents; etc. 2 very young; happy Belgian soldiers eating and laughing in trench. Soldiers sleeping in trench. Another soldier walks up; wakes one up; he gets up w/ his bugle. Troops coming out of tunnel; on side 2 others stand; holding long flat scrap of some solid material - they both are banging on these objects.
Next; soldiers pile hay on hollow haystack - man sits inside - camouflaged hiding. Belgian troops relax; joke; some wearing silly hats as they open Christmas gifts; waving fan; British & French flags stuck in rifles; swinging star around etc. CU man (can't see uniform) gives flower; candy stick to Belgian soldier; standing in shallow trench. Another shot of waking bugle boy; who blows morning wake-up call and wakes others in trench. They stand; obviously acting; stretching; putting on hats; lighting cigarettes; etc.
Winter scene in village - snow on rubble - water in FG. Part of river? Cut to scene of blizzard - snow falling heavily. Horse & wagon pass in FG; in village street; then 2 women w/ umbrellas. Several officers walk out of building; toward camera. Adjusting field gun; aiming up. Christmas - GV men sit on ground; as another brings round pudding w/ British & Belgian flags. Then man distributes gifts - almost forgets one! Pan back on party - opening presents; having fun.
Note: I find this footage quite poignant - SL.
Christmas cheer; celebration; tradition. World War One; holidays.