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A majority of Americans (60%) say they watch at least one Christmas movie with their family during the holidays 

It’s that time of year to cozy up with popcorn and hot cocoa and tune in for a Christmas movie marathon. According to new data from YouGov Omnibus, three-quarters (75%) of Americans say they enjoy watching Christmas movies. Women (80%) and parents of children under 18 (81%) are especially likely to say they enjoy doing so. A majority of people (60%) also say that they they typically watch at least one Christmas movie with their family during the holiday season.

When asked about their favorite Christmas movie or TV special, It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story were tied, with 9% voting for each. Other popular choices include Home Alone (7%), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (7%), and Elf (5%).

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (5%), Miracle on 34th Street (5%), and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, (5%) were also popular, coming in ahead of A Charlie Brown Christmas (4%), A Christmas Carol (4%), The Nightmare Before Christmas (4%), and The Polar Express (4%). 

Men are more likely to say A Christmas Story (11%) is their favorite holiday movie, while women are likely (9%) to have It’s a Wonderful Life as their top pick. The top movie amongst millennials aged 18-34 is a tie between Home Alone (9%) and Elf (9%). For Gen X - people aged 35-54 - it’s a tie between A Christmas Story (10%) and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (10%), while baby boomers aged 55 and older are exceptionally likely (16%) to say It’s a Wonderful Life is their top pick. One in ten (11%) Americans say that they don’t have a favorite Christmas movie or TV special. Bah humbug.

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