The “it” he was referring to was the 1988 movie Die Hard, one of his all-time favorite action flicks. I had never seen the film and N insisted that my holiday experience wouldn’t be complete without it.
“Okay, put it on,” I agreed. “So, is watching Die Hard before Christmas going to be another one of our traditions?”
N simply smiled and nodded as he pressed play.
Over the past year of dating, N and I have established our own traditions, large and small. We have pledged to attend an outdoor concert every summer at the Hollywood Bowl. Whenever I give N a gift, I always attach three clues to the present so he can attempt to guess what it is before the big reveal. Our weekend mornings wouldn’t be complete without our usual trip to the local coffee shop where the barista knows our drink order by heart. The list goes on. And now, we were about to embark on another tradition involving a young, shoeless Bruce Willis.
The movie was full of firepower and memorable one-liners. The holiday theme was great too, from the office party setting to the soundtrack that riffed off of classic Christmas tunes. To add to the fun, N knew nearly every line in the film, reciting the dialogue like he was talking to an old friend. I enjoyed watching Die Hard for the first time, but even more meaningful was the fact that N and I established a new tradition that will continue generating memories. Forming your own traditions in a relationship is important. I just never thought that ours would include a fast-talking limo driver and Germans with bad accents – and even worse hair.