A NEW survey conducted by Mary’s Meals has reignited a year-old debate: is Die Hard really a Christmas movie?

Watching the Bruce Willis classic was named as a top tradition by 13% of those polled across Scotland, ahead of attending their work Christmas night out at 12%.

The survey also revealed that it is time-honoured traditions that people really cherish.

A total of 67% of people in Scotland said they enjoyed eating their Christmas meal and just over half said they love decorating their Christmas tree.

And, in a nod to it being the season of goodwill, more people prefer to give presents (67%) than to receive them (51%).

Mary’s Meals serves more than two million children with a nutritious meal every school day.

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They operate in 19 of the world’s poorest countries, including Malawi, South Sudan and Haiti.

The guarantee of a good meal attracts children to the classroom, and an education lays pathways to a brighter future.

Every December, the charity holds a virtual Christmas dinner, Big Family Christmas, to raise funds to feed even more hungry children. Last year, nearly 9000 people all around the world took part in the fundraiser.

Morven Macgillivray, supporter engagement manager t Mary’s Meals, says: “As our survey shows, Christmas is a time of giving.

“We are so thankful to everyone who helps us to spread the joy by making a gift to Mary’s Meals.

“It letting the children we serve know there are people thinking of them at this time of year.

“Every year, I set a place at the Mary’s Meals virtual Christmas dinner for my mum, and she sets one for my brother and myself.

This year I’m extending that Christmas tradition to include a place at the table for the star of Die Hard, John McClane! As he famously says in the film, welcome to the party, pal!”

In return for a donation of £15.90, enough to feed a child with Mary’s Meals for a whole school year, people can take part in the Big Family Christmas. Donations made to Mary’s Meals before 31 January 2022 will be matched by a group of generous supporters, up to £1.6 million, thanks to the Double The Love campaign, meaning that each place set at the online Christmas table will feed two hungry children

To find out more, please visit marysmeals.org.uk/Christmas