AMC’s voter generated list of the Top 20 Christmas Movies can change rapidly this time of year. Yesterday it was Home Alone, today it’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, will tomorrow be the day that Gremlins finally gets the festive credit it so clearly deserves? No, no it wont be. The site CableTV.com cross referenced these rankings data from Google trends about which films were most likely to play where, in order determine the most popular one based on your location, location, location.
Among several regional trends, southern states and warmer climates tend to prefer Christmas cartoons such as How The Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas. New Englanders opt for more sentimental classics like Miracle On 34th Street and Home Alone. Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation dominate in the Midwest, across the Great Lakes, and most of the Atlantic Seaboard. Things get weird in the West, with The Nightmare Before Christmas as the most popular pick, proving that goths are suckers for the holiday season too.
Scrooged was one of the few outliers that transcended region, and took the top slot for Colorado, Hawaii, New Hampshire, and Washington, because Bill Murray can’t be tamed. And of course, where the story took place had a big influence as well. It’s A Wonderful Life could warm the hearts of the even coldest New Yorkers, and the good people of Connecticut are probably ones who have seen Christmas In Connecticut. Surprisingly, Utah was the only state psyched about A Christmas Story, which is not where the plot took place and hardly explains why you can’t escape a marathon of it. No matter where you live, you’ll want to shoot your eye out … or at least your TV.