This post contains spoilers for a 34-year-old film.
It’s become a traditional sign of the approaching holidays: online arguments about whether the film Die Hard is a Christmas movie. As if anyone is arguing otherwise. There is no better proof than the popularity of the Die Hard Advent Calendar. This is a laser-cut 11.5-inch model of Nakatomi Tower made of birch wood. It illustrates Hans Gruber (portrayed by Alan Rickman) falling to his death one floor at a time as you advance him day-by-day. Gruber’s body has a magnet attached to a metal strip on the tower.
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Firefighter and woodworker D Brunt, a big Die Hard fan, was intrigued by the concept. He went to work refining it, developed the magnet idea, and designed his own Nakatomi Tower. He launched the product last year at his Etsy shop, LeatherheadLaserWork. Now he sells the Advent calendar (in plain and color versions) along with Christmas tree ornaments of Gruber, John McClane, and Nakatomi Tower. The Advent calendar went viral in October, and other vendors have suddenly copied the design. You can find it cheaper, but Brunt’s hand-made calendars are the original. You can even get it personalized. Advent begins on November 27, so get your orders in!