Ok, so this certainly isn’t going to be the last, or most definitive, list of favorite holiday movies, but it is a ranking of holiday movies for each state.

Preply, a website for learning foreign languages, sifted through data to determine each state’s favorite holiday movie. According to them, anyway, New Jersey’s favorite (be prepared to be upset) is: “Last Christmas.”

Yeah, I had to look it up, too. It’s from 2019 and stars Emilia Clarke (from “Game of Thrones”). IMDB’s synopsis is: Kate is a young woman subscribed to bad decisions. Working as an elf in a year round Christmas store is not good for the wannabe singer. However, she meets Tom there. Her life takes a new turn. For Kate, it seems too good to be true.

So, how did the folks at Preply.com come up with this, shall I say, curious, conclusion? Here’s how they explain it: For this study, we analyzed search trends for keywords related to 115 of the highest-rated and highest-grossing holiday movies of all time, according to Rotten Tomatoes and Box Office Mojo. We then narrowed down the list to the top 25 most-searched-for films and evaluated how popular they were in each state. In other words, they went by Google searches.

Nationally, more traditional favorites show up: the #1 holiday movie nationally is “Home Alone”, #2 is “The Grinch (2018)”, and third is “Elf”, you know, real holiday movies people have actually seen.

Regionally, the breakdown is as follows: in the west, the #1 movie is “Nightmare before Christmas”, in the Midwest, it’s “Elf”, in the south, “Polar Express”, and in the northeast, the #1 holiday movie is “Home Alone.”

Let’s hope the next survey of this type (and you know there will be several) reflects New Jersey’s tastes more accurately. For now, I want a recount.

The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Doyle. Any opinions expressed are Bill Doyle's own.

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