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December 27, 2012

‘A Christmas Story’ wins major award

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The month of December is rife with entertainments directed squarely on the holiday season. So, we asked our readers to tell us via Twitter and Facebook what their favorite sights and sounds of the season were.

Using our Little Orphan Annie’s secret decoder ring, we tallied the ballots and with 21.25 percent of the vote, the major award for Best Christmas Movie goes to none other than the 1983 classic “A Christmas Story.” The film is narrated by and is based on the stories of native Hoosier and legendary raconteur Jean Shepard. In fact, the story is set in a fictional Indiana city called “Hohman,” which was regularly used in his work as a stand-in for Shepard’s hometown of Hammond.

Also garnering several votes were: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) with 16.25 percent, “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) with 13.75 percent, “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947) with 6.25 percent, “Elf” (2003) with 5 percent, “White Christmas” (1954) with 3.75 percent, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” (1966) with 3.75 percent, “Die Hard” (1988) with 3.75 percent, “Home Alone” (1990) with 2.75 percent and “One Magic Christmas” (1985) with 2.75 percent.

Other films which received only a single vote included: “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” (1974), “Snowglobe” (2007), “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” (1983), “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1964), “One Special Night” (1999), “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984), “Holiday Inn” (1942), “Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol” (1962), “The Bishop’s Wife” (1947), “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” (1992), “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993), “Roots” (1977), “Lethal Weapon” (1987), “Scrooged” (1988), “Santa Claus” (1985), “Bad Santa” (2003), “Gremlins” (1984) and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965).

We also asked readers to give us a rundown of their top five favorite holiday songs.

Some, like Mark Gotschall, took the word “holiday” literally and said, “how about ‘The Star Spangled Banner’?”

Others, like Vito Hicks, rejected the concept altogether answering, “[none] of them. I hate Christmas and all of the ‘holiday season.’”

Meanwhile, Megan Marschand Pierceall told us “the only one I like is my daughter’s rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’ when she was 1: ‘Bingo balls, bingo balls, bingo all the way…’”

For Mark Hudson, though, the question didn’t require five entries.

“Bob Seger’s ‘Little Drummer Boy,’” he said. “End of discussion.”

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