No Die Hard is not a Christmas movie

The age-old debate about whether “Die Hard” qualifies as a Christmas movie has become as heated as chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Let’s unravel the holiday lights and illuminate the correct answer – “Die Hard” is not a Christmas movie.

“Die Hard” doesn’t check the standard Christmas movie boxes. While most holiday films feature heartwarming tales and whimsical charm, “Die Hard” serves up a thrilling watch of gunfire, explosions and broken glass. When was the last time Santa battled terrorists instead of delivering presents? It’s like stuffing stockings with action-packed chaos instead of festive cheer: unconventional and, frankly, a tad unsettling.

While the movie is set during a Christmas party, the season’s spirit is typically defined by joy, generosity and goodwill. Bruce Willis, aka John McClane, might be spreading something, but it’s not exactly holiday cheer. He delivers justice, mayhem and perhaps a few broken bones. It’s like mistaking a lump of coal for a bow-wrapped present; they both might leave an impression, but only one belongs under your tree.

“Die Hard” enthusiasts argue that the movie embodies the true spirit of Christmas: overcoming adversity and reuniting with loved ones. But, honestly, if my holiday celebration involves dodging bullets and saving hostages, I might need to reevaluate my choices. “Die Hard” is a thrilling action flick with a side of chaos, but Christmas movie material? Not quite. It’s like serenading us with the sweet sounds of gunfire and explosions instead of the jingling bells and carol classics that define the season.

Let’s reserve the title of “Christmas classic” for films that scatter joy, not shattered glass, under the tree. Die Hard may be a fan-favorite, but when it comes to the holiday spirit, it’s more “Yippee-Ki-Nay” than “Ho-Ho-Ho.” So this season, let’s curl up with the true festive favorites and leave Nakatomi Plaza for the rest of the year.