... watch my favorite two Christmas movies. I look forward to this ritual every year. I've watched these films since I was little, and they truly evoke the feel and spirit of Christmas within me. The memories are so fond, so familiar … when I was little we didn't buy VHS and didn't go to the movies often. But we were one of the first families to sign up for cable when it came around, and I saw most every movie I love from my youth sitting on the couch with my parents and siblings. HBO used to always run new movies Saturday nights at eight, maybe they still do, and I'd wait anxiously all week when a new one was announced. I still remember the first viewing of each of these movies. Every year, I always watch Die Hard and Lethal Weapon. I curl up on my couch with a bit of Christmas Cheer and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas. They take me back to a simple time, when bills and headaches weren't on my agenda, and the biggest problem I had was getting my brother to let me sit at the arm of the couch, or for my sister to shut up long enough to hear my favorite lines. "Welcome to the party, pal!" "Fists with your toes." "It's a very nice suit, Mr. Takagi." (sp) "Yippie Ki Ya, M**her ***k*r!" "Come out to the coast, have a few laughs (sarcasm)" and "Meet your new partner, Roger." "It's over you know." "What is?" "The war." "Uh … I know." "Just thought I'd remind you." "Hate him back. (exhale) Works for me ." "There, still alive. Know why he's still alive? Because I shot him in the leg, didn't jump off a building with him." "Hey no fair, the building guy lived." "Whatever." And both movies are about being with and helping those you love. John fights to save his wife and reunite with her. Riggs and Murtah find life long friendship together. As I've often thought, warm sentiments are best expressed in front of a roaring fire. Some fires are started with a match in a fireplace, others are after a helicopter crashes off the top of a building or a grenade detonates a car in the middle of the street. I've seen stranger things living in the big city, so who am I to judge? As the Holiday approaches near, take a few hours and enjoy a good movie on DVD with your family or friends. Share in the good cheer of one of the best hobbies in the world. Merry Christmas everyone.