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Opening Arguments

The ho-ho-ho list

In case you're not quite in the holiday mood yet, take this poll of favorite Christmas movies and compare the results to these earlier pols:

According to this Marist Poll, 26% of adults nationally cite A Christmas Story as their favorite holiday movie.  It’s a Wonderful Life is preferred by 24%.  Miracle on 34th Street warms the hearts of 16% while 13% enjoy watching Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney croon in White Christmas.  An additional 13% say A Christmas Carol is their favorite holiday flick, and 9% are unsure.

When Marist last asked this question in 2010, 24% of U.S. residents said It’s a Wonderful Life was their choice for classic holiday movie compared with 23% for A Christmas StoryMiracle on 34th Street received 22% while 13% said A Christmas Carol was their holiday staple.  12% most enjoyed White Christmas, and 5% were unsure.

I'm pretty sick of "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34Th Street," but "A Christmas Story" and "Christmas Vacation" still hold up for me. And I'm still a sucker for "A Christmas Carol," as is my sister (though she likes the George C. Scott version, and I like the Alastair Sim one). Why isn't "Bad Santa" on the list?


Harl Delos
Mon, 12/24/2012 - 9:27pm

I still like Wonderful Life and the Natalie Wood 34th Street but Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation never made the grade for me.

I've never enjoyed Christmas Carol on film, not even the Bill Murray, but I saw part of the version with Sir Patrick Stewart this year, and it was actually pretty good.

It seems a shame that only 7% got the answer right: Die Hard.  It proves, once  and for all, that bringing the family together at Christmas is a really bad idea.

Leo Morris
Wed, 12/26/2012 - 9:07am

Roy Rogers says, "Merry Christmas, m----- f-----."