A Charlie Brown Christmas is America’s Favorite Holiday Animated TV Special

    NEW YORK , N.Y. – December 10, 2013 – It’s the most wonderful time of the year… at least that’s what the songs on the radio and in the stores say. And, for Americans, there are good things and bad things about the holiday season. On the good side, half of Americans (52%) say they most look forward to spending time with friends and family during the holiday season. Fewer numbers say they most look forward to holiday dinners and parties (9%), finding and giving presents (9%), putting up holiday decorations (7%), watching television specials and hearing holiday songs on the radio (6%) and getting presents (2%), while one in ten (9%) say they do not look forward to the upcoming holidays.

    These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,250 adults surveyed online between November 13 and 18, 2013.

    On the not so good side, one-quarter of Americans (27%) say the one thing they dislike most about the holidays is spending too much money, while for just under one-quarter (23%) it is the holiday shopping crowds. Less than one in ten say what they dislike most about the holidays is putting up and taking down holiday decorations (7%), television specials and holiday songs (5%), finding and giving presents (5%), eating and drinking too much (5%), and spending time with friends and family (2%). But for almost one in five U.S. adults (18%) there is nothing wrong with the holidays, as they say they like everything about the season.

    Holiday Songs

    One thing that never seems to change from holiday season to holiday season is the incessant barrage of songs that are played on the airwaves and in stores. And, sometimes, the same songs can be loved and hated. Topping the list of the songs people most look forward to each holiday season is Silent Night, followed by White Christmas and then Jingle Bells. Rounding out the top five are Oh Holy Night and Little Drummer Boy. Next, at sixth on the list, is The Christmas Song then Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, followed by All I Want for Christmas is You, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

    By the end of the season, the number one song people wish they could never hear again is Jingle Bells, followed by Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and White Christmas. Rounding out the top ten songs people don’t want to hear again by December 26th are Silent Night, Jingle Bell Rock, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Frosty the Snowman and Alvin and the Chipmunks’ Christmas Song. Interestingly, five songs are on both of these lists.

    TV Specials and Holiday Movies

    Besides the songs, there are also the animated specials and holiday movies. Looking at animated specials, the sad little tree and the true meaning of Christmas in A Charlie Brown Christmas may be reasons it is the favorite animated TV special. This is followed by the reindeer that saves Christmas in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer¸ then the magic of a Christmas snow in Frosty the Snowman, the mean one whose heart grew three sizes that day in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and what would Christmas be without the Heat Miser and Cold Miser in The Year Without a Santa Claus at number 5.

    For holiday movies, it’s all about the bb gun and A Christmas Story is America’s favorite holiday movie. Next is a classic It’s a Wonderful Life followed by White Christmas, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Carol. One classic and four more modern films round out the top ten, with A Miracle on 34th Street at number six, followed by Home Alone Elf How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Santa Clause.

     

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    TABLE 1

    LOOKING FORWARD TO THE HOLIDAYS

    Thinking of the upcoming holiday season, what is the one thing you most look forward to?

    Base: All adults

    2007

    2009

    2010

    2011

    2013

    Generation

    Echo Boomers (18-36)

    Gen X (37-48)

    Baby Boomers (49-67)

    Matures (68+)

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    Spending time with family and friends

    66

    62

    58

    58

    52

    45

    51

    57

    59

    Holiday dinners and parties

    9

    8

    9

    8

    9

    12

    9

    8

    8

    Finding and giving presents

    6

    7

    6

    7

    9

    13

    7

    6

    7

    Putting up holiday decorations

    n/a

    3

    5

    4

    7

    8

    11

    5

    2

    Watching television specials and hearing holiday songs on the radio

    4

    4

    5

    4

    6

    6

    4

    7

    7

    Getting presents

    1

    2

    3

    2

    2

    5

    2

    1

    1

    I do not celebrate any upcoming holidays

    2

    2

    2

    2

    3

    2

    4

    3

    2

    I don’t look forward to the upcoming holidays

    9

    8

    9

    11

    9

    7

    8

    13

    10

    Not sure/Other

    3

    4

    3

    3

    3

    3

    3

    2

    4

    Note: Percentages may not add up exactly to 100 percent due to rounding


    TABLE 2

    WHAT PEOPLE DISLIKE ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS

    Still thinking of the upcoming holiday season, what is the one thing you dislike most about the holidays?

    Base: Celebrate Holidays

    2009

    2010

    2011

    2013

    Generation

    Echo Boomers (18-36)

    Gen X (37-48)

    Baby Boomers (49-67)

    Matures (68+)

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    Spending too much money

    27

    27

    30

    27

    34

    30

    23

    15

    The holiday shopping crowds

    23

    24

    23

    23

    21

    23

    27

    22

    Putting up and then taking down holiday decorations

    6

    8

    6

    7

    4

    6

    8

    15

    Eating and drinking too much

    4

    5

    4

    5

    6

    3

    6

    3

    Finding and giving presents

    4

    5

    5

    5

    3

    2

    6

    10

    Television specials and holiday songs

    5

    4

    6

    5

    4

    5

    5

    6

    Spending time with family and friends

    2

    2

    1

    2

    3

    4

    1

    1

    I like everything about the holiday season

    21

    18

    18

    18

    16

    19

    17

    22

    Other

    8

    6

    6

    7

    8

    7

    8

    7

    Note: Percentages may not add up exactly to 100 percent due to rounding

     

    TABLE 3

    HOLIDAY SONG PEOPLE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING

    While you may enjoy many, which one holiday song do you really look forward to hearing when the holiday season comes around each year?

    Unprompted responses

    Base: All adults

    2007

    2009

    2010

    2011

    2013

    Silent Night

    1

    1

    1

    2

    1

    White Christmas

    2

    2

    2

    1

    2

    Jingle Bells

    4

    4

    4

    4

    3

    Oh Holy Night

    3

    3

    3

    3

    4

    Little Drummer Boy

    =6

    5

    5

    5

    5

    The Christmas Song

    5

    6

    7

    =6

    6

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    7

    All I Want for Christmas is You

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    8

    Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

    n/a

    n/a

    6

    8

    9

    Santa Claus is Coming to Town

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    10

    = indicates a tie; n/a indicates not on list that year

    Dropped off the list from 2011 Winter Wonderland (was tied for 6), Carol of the Bells (was 9), Silver Bells (was 10)


    TABLE 4

    HOLIDAY SONG THAT SHOULD GO AWAY

    By the end of the holiday season, which one holiday song do you wish you could never hear again?

    Unprompted responses

    Base: All adults

    2007

    2009

    2010

    2011

    2013

    Jingle Bells

    1

    1

    1

    1

    1

    Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer

    2

    2

    2

    2

    2

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    3

    3

    3

    3

    3

    The Twelve Days of Christmas

    6

    6

    6

    9

    4

    White Christmas

    4

    4

    =4

    4

    5

    Silent Night

    =9

    8

    10

    10

    6

    Jingle Bell Rock

    5

    7

    7

    5

    7

    We Wish You a Merry Christmas

    =9

    n/a

    =8

    8

    8

    Frosty the Snowman

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    9

    Alvin and the Chipmunks’ Christmas Song

    n/a

    10

    =8

    n/a

    10

    = indicates a tie; n/a indicates not on list that year

    Dropped off the list from 2011 – Little Drummer Boy (was 6) and Feliz Navidad (was 7)

     

    TABLE 5

    Favorite ANIMATED Holiday TV special

    What is your favorite holiday animated TV special?

    Unprompted Responses

    Base: All Adults

    2013

    %

    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    1

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    2

    Frosty the Snowman

    3

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    4

    The Year Without a Santa Claus

    5

     

    TABLE 6

    Favorite Holiday MOVIE

    And what is your favorite holiday movie?

    Unprompted Responses

    Base: All Adults

    2013

    %

    A Christmas Story

    1

    It’s a Wonderful Life

    2

    White Christmas

    3

    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

    4

    A Christmas Carol

    5

    Miracle on 34th Street

    6

    Home Alone

    7

    Elf

    8

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    9

    The Santa Clause

    10

    Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

     

    Methodology

    This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between November 13 and 18, 2013 among 2,250 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

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    The Harris Poll® #94, December 10, 2013

    By Regina A. Corso, SVP, Harris Poll and Public Relations Research