The folks at Estately have used their map-making skills to highlight something that truly defines and divides Americans: the most popular (or at least the most-Googled*) Christmas movie in every state. Using Google Trends data from the last 11 years, Estately came up with this map:
A few things:
- The only place where A Christmas Story is the most popular film is the state where it takes place, Ohio. On a related note, Chicago-area film Home Alone is the most-searched movie in Illinois, beating out National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation even though the Griswolds also live in Chicago.
- The Maryland entry might actually be an error; "Miracle on 34th Street" is also the name of a popular light display in Baltimore.
- New England will henceforth be known as New Elfland, except for the dissenting Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which will be ceremoniously sent into the sea on December 24 along with a festive holiday light show.
Estately also looked at the trends in terms of which states are the most interested in Christmas movies in general; you can check that out on Estately's site.
* Difference noted on the chance that thousands of people are hate-Googling Christmas movies.