We hope you had a fantastic Christmas. It’s that weird time between the two holidays and we wanted to share some of the results from our Christmas Poll. In the spirit of the season we asked you 12 questions and you gave some surprising answers.
1. When does the tree and decorations first go up?
Quite a few of you prop the tree up before Thanksgiving and that worries us a little. There’s a reason that Santa was always the last person in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It marked the unofficial official beginning of the season. But just to make us feel better, we’re going to focus more on the winner – The day AFTER Thanksgiving. Phew!
2. When does it all come down?
You know how we love the holiday and we never want it to end, right? January 6th was the clear winner here. There’s a lot of Christian reasons for this and yes we did put in the 5th just to see if anyone would take the bait. You didn’t, although one person did say NEVER. We are worried about the couple of you that chose the day after Christmas. Do you need a hug? We’re here for you!
3. Where does it come from?
We were asking about the tree. We are surrounded by wonderful countryside and so where you get your annual tree from could easily range from heading up to Shaver Lake to opening the box from the attic. We are honestly surprised that so many of you have artificial trees. There’s no wrong answers here – no judgement. We have an artificial tree too!
4. What kind of tree?
We were honestly expecting a lot more natural trees and so that’s where the questions was originally aimed at. Artificial or not the majority of us prefers the Fir Family and we get that. Better branch options for hanging ornaments we think!
5. Flocked or Not?
We knew the answer before we asked it but we had to ask. It was kind of surprising that so many of you went with the NEVER option.
6. Tree Decorations…
In decorating the tree, we’ll call it the theme, we asked if you changed it up every year or was it something that stayed pretty much the same year in and year out. We’re not going to lie. We are surprised that most of you have the same decorations every year. That’s ok.
7. Tinsel or garland?
When we think about Tinsel and Garland we naturally picture those thin strings of mylar for the tinsel and hand made popcorn for the garland but we know either can be so much more. Roughly half of us do one or the other, the other half does neither. If there was any surprise here it was the low number of you that chose Tinsel.
8. Christmas Lights on the house?
With the advent of LEDs there’s more possible answers than just yes or no. Technology can deliver different color temperatures in LED with 2800K to 3300K for a warm white light to 9500K to 10500K for a cool white light. Then there is the choice of colors or all white. It’s no surprise here that most are in the soft white team. While we all don’t live on Christmas Tree Lane, there are a surprising amount that chose NO LIGHTS.
9. Style of Christmas Lights
Colored or not, this question was more about how those light were hung on the house. Straight lines being the #1 answer didn’t surprise us at all. Most of our home architecture fits well with straighter lines. A few of you did do the light show – and we really like the moving light shows that we can add as an option – but nobody owned up to the icicles? We know you are out there. We see you – and really, they look good too!
It’s the elephant in the room, we had to ask. Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas Is You. You know the song. We just wanted you to be honest – do you own it, do you hate it, or do you (maybe begrudgingly) have it on the playlist and only play it in moderation? Surprisingly a few of us own it – which in itself is kind of a dated question – does anyone really own music these days? But dated technology aside most of us have it added to our playlist.
11. Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?
Yes, this was all in fun. We love poking the bear sometimes. We even followed this up with a whole blog post, “Die Hard is a Christmas Movie” – just to poke the bear some more. It doesn’t show in the results before but the whole answer for True was “TRUE! The movie takes place on Christmas Eve. The story centers around a man trying to save his family and their Christmas celebrations from terrorists. The movie features Christmas decorations and songs throughout. The main character, John McClane, learns the true meaning of Christmas and the importance of family.” Even with all of our trying to bias your decision most of you held your ground and said it wasn’t.
12. What is the best Christmas Movie?
Since we brought it up – what is the best Christmas movie? We gave you a choice for all the favorites (including Die Hard) and asked you to choose just the one that made your Christmas list.
You will be happy to hear that even though there were a bunch of people who said that Die Hard was a Christmas movie, none of those people said it was the BEST Christmas movie. That should restore a little of your faith in humanity, right? In the end it was ELF in first, followed by It’s a Wonderful Life with A Christmas Story filling the podium in third.
Thank you to all those that took the poll. We wish you nothing but the best this coming year!