Santa’s making his list and checking it twice- but which states are highest up on his nice list, and which have been relegated to the naughty list? One way Santa might use to make his lists is by seeing which states listen to the most holiday music– and if that’s the case, here’s how the lists would shake out.
Let’s start with the good news. Washington, D.C. tops the list of states with the most holiday cheer, which comes as new surprise with nationally-recognized events such as the National Christmas Tree and the White House holiday concert. Following the capital is Pennsylvania, home to Christmas City, USA, and Tennessee, where Elvis croons Blue Christmas at the Grand Old Opry.
Who can expect coal in their stockings? Well, New Jersey is the Grinchiest, topping the list of states with the least Christmas spirit. They’re followed by New Hampshire, Delaware, and Wyoming, which fittingly is the top producer of coal in the U.S.
When it comes to songs that spread Christmas cheer far and wide, Americans prefer the classics- “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” from Bing Crosby, or “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee. However, listeners tend to cringe when certain holiday songs come on the air, such as “Christmas Don’t Be Late” from Alvin and the Chipmunks, or “New Year’s Eve” by Snoop Dogg.
So if you want to move up on Santa’s nice list, consider moving to one of the states that made our top ten list of most holiday spirit. Or, if the holiday spirit is too much for you, plan your escape and start practicing your “Bah, humbug!” voice. But remember- he knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness’ sake!