CHRIST­MAS CUL­TURE: STILL TRA­DI­TIONAL

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

The Saint Leo Univer­sity Polling In­sti­tute has found that heart­felt nos­tal­gia and old tra­di­tions con­tinue to rule Amer­i­can Christ­mas cul­ture.

“In a vote where mul­ti­ple re­sponses were ac­cepted, ‘Si­lent Night,’ a re­li­gious song dat­ing back to 1818, re­ceived 51 of the vote. Irv­ing Ber­lin’s clas­sic ‘White Christ­mas’ came in sec­ond place with 48 per­cent of the vote. ‘Jin­gle Bells’ third with 44 per­cent,” notes the new poll, which asked re­spon­dents to name their fa­vorites.

From among 18 film choices, 40 per­cent of the poll re­spon­dents picked “Mir­a­cle on 34th Street” as their fa­vorite Christ­mas movie. Fol­lowed by “It’s a Won­der­ful Life” with 37 per­cent and “A Char­lie Brown Christ­mas,” with 35 per­cent.

“Does Amer­ica like melo­dra­matic sen­ti­men­tal­ity? Ab­so­lutely, and that’s prob­a­bly a very good thing. If you look at the re­sponses, it shows Amer­i­cans are both nos­tal­gic and sen­ti­men­tal dur­ing this sea­son. There’s some­thing in­her­ently right about a peo­ple who em­brace op­ti­mism and their his­tory. It is in­ter­est­ing to note most of these movies were pro­duced more than 30 years ago. Tra­di­tional val­ues ap­pear to con­tinue to be touch­stones for the Amer­i­can iden­tity,” says Kenny Em­bry, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of com­mu­ni­ca­tion man­age­ment at the Florida univer­sity.

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