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Quick! Think of the number of Christmas movies you and your family hunker down to see each holiday season.

Now consider how many of them are true stories.

There aren't many, if any, true-life Christmas tales -- other than the bittersweet "Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas)."

"Joyeux Noel," a 2005 Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film, tells the true story of the spontaneous truce declared by Scottish, French and German troops in the trenches on Christmas Eve 1914. The powerful film rates higher on my list of must-see Christmas flicks than "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol" (although "White Christmas" is still tops for me).

If you love history and you love Christmas, this is the perfect holiday movie. When you watch it, be sure to pay attention to the heartbreaking repercussions many of the troops faced for making merry on the battlefield.

Check out the trailer. Then rent it here, or buy it here. (You're not likely to find it in stores; I had a heck of a time getting my hands on it last year!)

If you're interested in getting the full story, the History Channel offers "The Christmas Truce," which features eye-witness accounts.