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The Most Popular Christmas Book in Every State for 2022

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By Scott Winstead


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The holiday season is upon us, and one of the best ways to get in the spirit of the season is to curl up and read a classic Christmas story.

We all have our personal favorites, whether it’s Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the 80’s favorite The Polar Express, the all-time classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, or something else.

There are dozens of Christmas stories that many of us cherish, but did you know your favorite holiday book might actually be influenced by where you live?

With the help of the data analysis firm Mindnet Analytics, we decided to do a deep dive into the data to see if we could determine what the most popular Christmas book is in each state across the country.

 

Noteworthy Findings

  • A few books were tied for first place, each topping the rankings in 4 states: A Christmas CarolMiracle on 34th StreetRudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerThe Gift of the MagiThe Nutcracker and the Mouse KingThe Polar ExpressThe Snowman, and Twas the Night Before Christmas.
  • Charles Dickens (A Christmas CarolThe ChimesThe Cricket on the Hearth) and Hans Christian Andersen (The Little Match Girl; The Steadfast Tin Soldier) both have multiple Christmas books that earned spots on our list.
  • The New England area loves A Christmas Carol as it was the most popular book in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

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The Christmas Book Each State Loves the Most

Here are the findings of our analysis in list form:

Book State
A Christmas Memory Alabama
Miracle on 34th Street Alaska
The Little Match Girl Arizona
The Polar Express Arkansas
The Little Match Girl California
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King Colorado
The Snowman Connecticut
The Snowman Delaware
The Greatest Gift District Of Columbia
The Greatest Gift Florida
The Gift of the Magi Georgia
The Greatest Gift Hawaii
Twas The Night Before Christmas Idaho
The Steadfast Tin Soldier Illinois
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer Indiana
Twas The Night Before Christmas Iowa
Miracle on 34th Street Kansas
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Kentucky
The Chimes Louisiana
A Christmas Carol Maine
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus Maryland
A Christmas Carol Massachusetts
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer Michigan
Twas The Night Before Christmas Minnesota
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer Mississippi
The Elves and the Shoemaker Missouri
The Polar Express Montana
Twas The Night Before Christmas Nebraska
The Little Match Girl Nevada
A Christmas Carol New Hampshire
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King New Jersey
The Polar Express New Mexico
The Cricket on the Hearth New York
The Gift of the Magi North Carolina
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer North Dakota
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King Ohio
The Elves and the Shoemaker Oklahoma
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus Oregon
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King Pennsylvania
A Christmas Carol Rhode Island
The Gift of the Magi South Carolina
The Gift of the Magi South Dakota
The Polar Express Tennessee
The Elves and the Shoemaker Texas
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey Utah
Miracle on 34th Street Vermont
The Snowman Virginia
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus Washington
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever West Virginia
The Snowman Wisconsin
Miracle on 34th Street Wyoming

 

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