It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That special season when strangers you pass on the street, the people at the supermarket, your close friends and family, with a twinkle in their eye and a bright, wide smile, all greet you in the same way.

Die Hard is a Christmas movie!”

Sigh. Yes, it’s a Christmas movie (and a great movie, period), but at this point it’s not a particularly insightful observation. You’re not being clever or contrarian by saying it. It has gotten to the point where saying the opposite would be the more daring viewpoint. Last year I wrote a piece for Vulture on great non-Christmas Christmas movies (that aren’t Die Hard), and I thought you might like to read it if you haven’t already.

(By the way, remind me some time to tell you about the behind-the-scenes ridiculousness that happened when I wrote that piece. Let’s just say I’m not in any mood to write about movies for Vulture again any time soon.)

Here’s another festive season link, the Christmas song supermix I did a few years ago. I’ve been too lazy to make another one but this has some great stuff on it.

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