It’s Christmas time and that means several replays of Scrooged, Love Actually and The Santa Clause. But apparently there are some favourites amongst the general public and some of them are and aren’t your usual suspects.
The latest poll by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute has found that nostalgia rules and Miracle on 34th Street is our favourite Christmas movie. From among eighteen choices, 39.8 percent of respondents picked Miracle on 34th Street as their favourite Christmas movie.
The classic It’s a Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart comes in at a close second with 36.8 percent of the vote. The film is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Close on its heels is A Charlie Brown Christmas, with 34.9 percent.
In terms of music, “Silent Night”, a religious song dating back to 1818, received 50.8 of the vote. Irving Berlin’s classic “White Christmas” came in second place with 48 percent of the vote. Receiving 44.4 percent, “Jingle Bells” came in third.
Dr. Kenny Embry, a Saint Leo University associate professor of communication management said, ” if you look at the responses, it shows Americans are both nostalgic and sentimental during this season. There’s something inherently right about a people who embrace optimism and their history. It is interesting to note most of these movies were produced more than 30 years ago. Traditional values appear to continue to be touchstones for the American identity.”
Many of the Christmas movies and TV shows also celebrate family. “In a season of cynicism and a brutal election season, it’s nice to know optimism and nostalgia are an indelible part of the American character,” Embry said.