You would think the state that brought the world "Home Alone" would have a little more spirit than this. However, when GetCenturyLink ranked the states based on their Christmas spirit, Illinois didn't do too hot. Ranked from most spirit to least spirit - here's what the country looks like -

Credit GetCenturyLink
Credit GetCenturyLink

So as you can see, Illinois is pretty lightly colored. So how'd we rank?

36/50. That's really low. Wisconsin ranked at 18.

So how do they determine spirit? According to GetCenturyLink -

We analyzed each category using ten metrics listed below. We finalized our Christmas spirit ranking by calculating the weighted average for each state across all metrics.


Online Activity

  • Google searches for Christmas movies and gingerbread houses (29%)
  • Google shopping trends for wrapping paper, Christmas cards, Christmas ornaments, and “elf on a shelf” (28%)
  • Number of Christmas songs streamed (14.5%)
  • Number of tweets related to Christmas (7%)

Area Culture 

  • Number of Christmas tree farms per capita (7%)
  • Amount of charitable donations (14.5%)

So I guess we don't get any credit for being the home of "Home Alone".

Maybe next year we'll move up in the ranks.

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