CHRISTMAS CULTURE: STILL TRADITIONAL
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.