Today the truce was commemorated on No Man's Land in Belgium, where Uefa president Michel Platini unveiled a monument to the match, which was reenacted in the mud.
A century ago, soldiers on both sides of the First World War laid down their weapons for a Christmas truce and it is said that British and German troops played a game of football together.
Andrew Hamilton, told ITV News how his grandfather, Captain Robert Hamilton was the British officer who walked unarmed towards enemy lines to negotiate the truce - and it wasn't about a football match.
"It was the shaking of hands that was the most significant thing in all this - not games of football, but that business of shaking hands," said Mr Hamilton. "Then soldiers met, mingles and they swapped all sorts of things - badges, caps, cigarettes for cigars.
Captain Hamilton, of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, kept a handwritten diary chronicling a peaceful Christmas in the trenches - to the disapproval of the generals.
"A day unique in the world's history," one extract began. "I met their officer and we arranged a local armistice for 48 hours."
Years of research suggests that the only game of football that year involved only British soldiers.
"It was a kickabout among Royal Warwicks and it was watched by Germans who were obviously interested in what was going on," Mr Hamilton said.
However, the theme of football as a uniting force is "still valid," he said.
A Britain v. Germany game had been planned, Captain Hamilton wrote, but generals intervened and resumed their war.
ITV News correspondent Paul Davies reports: