Louisiana’s Favorite Christmas Movies

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Everyone has a favorite holiday movie and often, it’s an emotional preference that lasts a lifetime. Sometimes the preference is generational, pegged to a certain time in the lives of viewers.

For Boomers, those indelible movies may be “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) or “White Christmas” (1954).  For Gen X,  the films “Home Alone” (1990)  and “A Christmas Story” (1983) have become perennial favorites. For even younger Millennials, "Elf" (2003) and Jim Carrey’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000) seem to resonate.

And for those with a gambling streak, a movie that starts out at a racetrack and ends up as a holiday heart warmer is the “Lemon Drop Kid” (1951) about a colorful track tout and based on a Damon Runyon tale. Those familiar with Louisiana sports betting know the one.

Well, LouisianaBets.com wanted to determine what the regional preference might be for holiday films. So, Utilizing Google Trends, LouisianaBets.com analyzed the most popular Christmas movies of state residents by looking at the search results of each movie over the past three Christmases. The movies included the 40 most popular Christmas movies over the past year based on global traffic from AhRefs.com.

Louisiana’s Favorite Christmas Movies

Rank Christmas Movies Interest Over Time
1How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)10
2Home Alone9
3The Polar Express8
T5Die Hard5
T5 A Christmas Story5

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The Grinch Takes The Crown

As it turned out, the top choice for Louisiana’s favorite Christmas movie was the more recent version of the Grinch – “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” starring Jim Carrey. That’s the live action version that followed in the successful footsteps of the Boris Karloff- narrated cartoon version (1966) of the Dr. Seuss story of misdeed and contrition. The latter-day Jim Carrey-Grinch topped out with a rank of 10 for “interest over time.”

No. 2 (rank of 9) on the Louisiana favorites list was “Home Alone” about young Macaulay Culkin thwarting funny bad guys Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, who are intent on a holiday burglary.

No. 3 (rank of 8) was “The Polar Express” (2004), a holiday fantasy starring Tom Hanks that mixes live actors and computer animation to tell the adventure of a magical train headed for the North Pole.

No. 4 (rank of  6) was “Elf” starring SNL cast member Will Ferrell in the role of a human raised as an elf who travels to New York City to find his real father.

And tied for No. 5 (rank of  5) were two quite different films, “A Christmas Story” (1983) and “Die Hard” (1988). Set in 1940 in Indiana, “A Christmas Story” tells of a boy’s infatuation with getting a BB rifle for Christmas. Meanwhile, “Die Hard” (1988) is actually a Bruce Willis action flick that happens to take place over Christmas featuring a not-to-missed portrayal by Alan Rickman as the main villain.

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Bill Ordine, senior journalist and columnist for LouisianaBets.com, was a reporter and editor in news and sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun for 25 years, and was a lead reporter on a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. Bill started reporting on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for 10 years. He covered the World Series of Poker for a decade and his articles on gaming have appeared in many major U.S. newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and others.

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