CableTV.com recently compiled television- and movie-watching choices, cross-referenced them against Google search trends, and in the spirit of the holidays, isolated the top Christmas movie — or TV special — each state in America.
As you might expect, many states cuddle up around certain popular seasonal movies.
In eight states, the Will Farrell movie “Elf” is the top pick, whereas 1990’s “Home Alone” takes the top prize in 10 states.
Then there are the classics — 1946’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart, was the No. 1 Christmas movie in four states.
Others that popped up in multiple states included “Miracle on 34th Street,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”
Our neighbors in New Hampshire like the 1988 Bill Murray “Christmas Carol” remake “Scrooged.”
But Maine is the only state in the nation where our favorite Christmas movie — at least according to the method used by CableTV.com — is the made-for-television 1964 stop-motion “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
Great bouncing icebergs!
I’ll admit it: I couldn’t get enough of the terrifying-but-mesmerizing Abominable Snowmonster of the North, and loved his late-movie face turn.
Here. Why don’t you sit back and spend the next hour watching “Rudolph” for nostalgia’s sake?
One movie that didn’t chart in any of the states was “Die Hard,” and I know there’s an active social media debate about whether the Bruce Willis action movie counts as a Christmas movie or not. And I don’t know if it didn’t show up on CableTV.com’s list because no particular state had an affinity for it, or if it’s because the website didn’t consider it a Christmas movie.
So here’s where you weigh in. What’s your favorite Christmas movie? And do you think “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie? So much to talk about. Leave your comments below or on the BDN Facebook page.