It's Christmas Eve. There are presents under the tree, Christmas cutout cookies baked and "Die Hard" on my television. It's the most wonderful time of the year.
But there are a few haters in our midst. There are those who believe "Die Hard" isn't a Christmas movie. "FAKE NEWS," I say. These people don't know better.
If a poll is correct, I am among the minority of those who say "Die Hard" is, in fact, a Christmas movie. A YouGov poll found 56 percent said the 1988 film isn't a Christmas movie. Imagine my shock and horror seeing that a majority of Americans surveyed said "Die Hard" isn't a Christmas movie. Insert sad emoji here.
I am not one to let such things slide. After all, I have a platform. I can make my case for why "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie. And so I shall.
Here are five reasons why "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie:
(1) The whole movie takes place on Christmas Eve. The haters say just because it takes place on Christmas Eve doesn't make it a Christmas movie. My response: That doesn't make sense. Christmas is a recurring theme throughout the movie. There are hostages taken during — wait for it — a CHRISTMAS party. The only thing missing from this movie is Santa Claus and his nine reindeer.
(2) "Ho-ho-ho." Spoiler alert: After John McClane (played by Bruce Willis) kills a terrorist, he writes "Now I have a machine gun. Ho-ho-ho" on the enemy's sweatshirt. In case you were born yesterday, "Ho-ho-ho" is a saying made popular by Santa Claus. Need I say more? (I will say more, obviously.)
(3) McClane's reason for traveling. The whole reason McClane ends up at Nakatomi Plaza is because he traveled from New York City to Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his family. His estranged wife lives in California now with their two children. He wouldn't have been at Nakatomi Plaza that night if it wasn't for the holiday.
(4) Christmas mentions throughout movie. There are references to Christmas or cast members uttering the word "Christmas" at several points in the movie. When McClane enters the Christmas party at Nakatomi Plaza, there is a Christmas tree. At the end of the movie, Argyle says, "If this is their idea of Christmas, I gotta be there for New Year's." Even the bad guys get in on the act. When one of the terrorists is trying to unlock a large vault, the ringleader Hans Gruber (played by Alan Rickman) tells him, "It's Christmas, Theo. It's the time of miracles. So be of good cheer and call me when you hit the last lock."
(5) The ending. McClane kills Gruber and he and his (no longer estranged?) wife celebrate with a long kiss in the back of a limo. What a way to end the movie. The happily-ever-after feeling resonates. That's what most Christmas movies are about, right? They beat the bad guys and now get to enjoy Christmas as a family.