Friday, December 23, 2011


One of the things I enjoyed most about writing/publishing NewsDash over a 16-year span (12 years at PLANSPONSOR, and four before that as an internal email) was doing a weekly survey – on a wide variety of topics, both serious – and not-so-serious.

My favorite of the “regular” surveys (and there weren’t many that repeated, even over all that time) was the annual survey of holiday movies. And while there were certain perennial favorites, it seemed like every year there was a real “battle” for the top slot among readers.

As for this year – well, the survey was admittedly a bit ad hoc – but the results were just as fun. So, here’s the top 5:

Christmas Vacation (26.1%)

It’s a Wonderful Life (15.2%)

Elf (13.0%)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (4.3%)

A Charlie Brown Christmas (4.3%)

…asked to choose a second favorite, It’s a Wonderful Life and Elf tied for first, with 14% of the vote.

You can check out the NewsDash survey from 2010 at

Thanks to all who participated in this survey… and to all a good night! Check back here in 2012 for new blog posts…

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