Joyeux Noel, directed by Christian Carion, was nominated for best foreign language film at both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes in 2005. One of our favorite Christmas movies, it tells the true story of the Christmas Eve truce of 1914.
In the midst of the brutal hand to hand combat of World War I, German, French, and Scottish troops, who had previously been killing one another as they had been order to do, laid down their arms for a night and a day in order to celebrate the birth of Jesus, The Prince of Peace. The ate and sang together. A priest said Mass. They even played a game of soccer. All were punished for fraternizing with the enemy, and most would die in the battles to come, but for a night and a day, it was Christmas.
Joyeux Noel brings to life what it says in Proverbs 25:21, “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.” The film tells the stories of the men on the front lines, all of them decent, despite being on opposite sides of the battle.
For a moment these brave young soldiers followed Jesus‘ seemingly impossible command to love their enemies, even when religious leaders were telling them to do so was treason. This is a film you won’t soon forget. Watch the trailer here: