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December 13, 2017

When the roof blew up on Nakatomi Plaza, that B lit up like a GD Christmas tree.

Unless you’ve been sleeping under an oversized stuffed teddy bear, you’ve seen the countless articles on the internet discussing whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Those who say it isn’t cite that Christmas is not inherent to the plot, but that rather it’s just a film that takes place at Christmas. However, we think that the nine elements below will prove once and for all that Die Hard is definitely a Christmas movie:

1. The location

The movie takes place primarily at Nakatomi Plaza. The Nakatomi Corporation is a Japanese company. Red and white are the colors of the Japanese flag. Red and white also just happens to be the color of a candy cane which also just happens to be the official candy of Christmas.

2. The antagonist’s name

“Hans Gruber” means “Santa Claus” in Danish.

3. The numbers add up to Christmas

According to this video there are a total number of 20 kills in Die Hard. 20 + 5 (Golden Rings) equals 25. Christmas occurs on the 25th of December.

4. The dialogue

The line and concept: “Now I have a machine gun. Ho - Ho - Ho” only works for the Christmas holiday. After all, “Now I have a machine gun. Trick or Treat” sounds ridiculous. As does, “Now I have a machine gun. Gobble, Gobble.”

5. The release date

Die Hard was released in July, 1987. Where do you think the origin of the phrase Christmas in July comes from? That’s right. From the release date of Die Hard.

6. The practice of holiday gift giving

With dialogue such as: “We’re gonna need some more FBI guys, I guess.” and “Authorization? How about the United States FUCKING government?” How could this film be considered anything other than a Christmas gift?

7. The lighting

When the terrorists blew up the roof of Nakatomi Plaza, that bitch lit up like a goddamn Christmas tree.

8. The costumes

John McClane’s limo driver is named Argyle. Argyle socks are the type of socks worn by the majority of men who attend Christmas Day church services.

9. Christmas songs don’t lie

The lesser known, but actual lyrics to Silent Night are:

Silent night, holy night
Yippee -Ki Yay - motherfucker!
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Yippee -Ki Yay - motherfucker!
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Did we convince you and settle this argument once and for all? Let us know in the comments.