New Yorkers tend to be a distinct mix of cynicism and optimism, so it’s not surprising that our favorite holiday movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the classic Christmas tale of George Bailey being saved from his suicidal state by a guardian angel who helps him see the positive impact he’s had in his life. This data comes from CableTV‘s fun map of every state’s favorite holiday movie, which they arrived at by cross referencing AMC’s top-rated holiday movies with state data over the past decade from Google Trends.
Interestingly, New Yorkers don’t favor one of the films set in the big apple, but the rest of the country certainly does. “Elf” is the country’s number-one holiday movie; it’s a favorite of our neighbors in Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma. “Home Alone” plays most in Oregon, North Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, and Virginia, and the classic New York story “Miracle on 34th Street” goes to Alaska, Delaware, Maryland
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