Turns out NC LOVES Christmas, ranking in the top 10 states overall for Christmas

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'Tis the season for jingle bells, decked-out halls, and holiday goodies galore — it's the most wonderful time of the year! Unless you're a Grinch.

Good news, a new report says North Carolina is not only full of the Christmas spirit, but one of the TOP states in the country for Christmas!

To determine which US states have the most Christmas spirit, the analysts at GetCenturyLink compared data in two main categories: online activity and area culture.

  • Several popular Christmas movies were filmed in third-ranked Utah, including the 2000 live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Hallmark Channel favorites like Christmas Under Wraps.
  • Jean Shepherd, author of A Christmas Story, grew up in Indiana (#12); Ohio (#20) hosts the Christmas Story museum—the movie was filmed in Cleveland.
  • Washington state came in first in overall Christmas spirit, but it ranked below average on three of the online metrics we used to create the rankings: Christmas movies, wrapping paper, and Elf on the Shelf.
  • Alaska may be the coldest and snowiest state, but it ranks below average in every category except one: the state ranks #3 for “gingerbread house” searches.
  • All but four of the bottom ten states are hot, dry, and sunny year-round; meanwhile, top-ranked Washington state receives 80 inches of snow annually.

The top 10 states are marked with a Christmas tree, and the bottom 10 states are marked with a Grinch.

Here’s the master list:

  1. Washington
  2. South Dakota
  3. Utah
  4. Missouri
  5. Maine
  6. Tennessee
  7. Alabama
  8. Arkansas
  9. Virginia
  10. North Carolina
  11. Pennsylvania
  12. Indiana
  13. West Virginia
  14. Wisconsin
  15. Mississippi
  16. Rhode Island
  17. Idaho
  18. Wyoming
  19. North Dakota
  20. Ohio
  21. Massachusetts
  22. Oregon
  23. South Carolina
  24. Iowa
  25. Nebraska
  26. Kentucky
  27. Oklahoma
  28. Vermont
  29. Kansas
  30. Colorado
  31. New Hampshire
  32. Maryland
  33. Connecticut
  34. New York
  35. Delaware
  36. Louisiana
  37. Illinois
  38. Texas
  39. Montana
  40. Georgia
  41. New Mexico
  42. California
  43. Arizona
  44. Minnesota
  45. Nevada
  46. Michigan
  47. New Jersey
  48. Florida
  49. Hawaii
  50. Alaska

BONUS: The fine folks at RomanticAsheville.com have put together a list of the Top 12 Christmas Towns Near Asheville! You can find that list here.

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