There are few holiday traditions as cathartic and rejuvenating as watching Die Hard. Much like Julia Roberts character in the 2010 film Eat, Pray, Love, the holidays symbolize a time to find yourself once again; a time for search for who we are and who we want to be in the coming year. Whether you spend time assessing your last year with your family and defending your choices or enjoy a charming carbon-monoxide producing fireplace, every holiday revolves around three traditions. The first of which is a large meal where everyone overeats; also everyone forgets their heartburn medication. Whether the holidays involve a religious ceremony for you or family time is a spiritually-rewarding and mentally-exhausting experience for you, this is a time for prayer. Praying for all sorts of things, primary among them is good health, better gifts, and of course great movies. The third, and arguably, most important of these traditions is a Die Hard marathon. This iconic movie is made for Christmas season; but there is more at play here than a just a release date, look at the deep symbolism.
The fourth movie, Live Free or Die Hard, is all about the changes we must accept as John McClane must adapt to his changing family and changing criminals, cyber-terrorists now. Every family is constantly evolving; the holidays can be stressful because such changes may be difficult to accept. Now, whether you watch the fifth in the series depends on your ability to handle marathons; at this point you have watched 518 minutes of Die Hard, that’s more than eight hours; assuming of course no one pauses or requires an explanation of what just happened. Nonetheless, at the end of this marathon you feel spiritually enriched, you feel closer to those you love, and you feel like Bruce Willis may be the most important actor of an era; the need to argue or criticize is mysteriously gone. All that remains is to maybe eat some more.