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Monday, Dec. 11, 2023
Good morning to you!

If you are a regular reader of this column, you know that I am a fan of the Christmas season. In fact, I have some holiday music favorites playing in the background right now. But it’s not just Christmas music that gets my sleigh bells a jingling. There’s nothing like settling in for the night on the couch with a warm blanket and your sweetie while watching a Christmas movie. My favorites are the Bass Rankin stop motion Christmas specials I circled in the TV guide and watched so many times as a child. You may remember them. “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” “The Little Drummer Boy.” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” And my all-time favorite, “The Year Without a Santa Claus.

Now, they may not be official Christmas “movies,” but I don’t care. I know what I like. Meanwhile, I received a press release from a company called Comparitech that published a study showing the most popular Christmas movies by state. And in our great state of Iowa, they determined that “The Santa Clause” from 1994 starring Tim Allen is the most popular.

How did they arrive at this conclusion? Well, here is how they describe their methodology. “Using Google Trends to search for the term ‘Christmas movie’ in each state, we looked to see which movie was a rising topic in the related topics section. Rising topics are the top related search terms users looking at Christmas movies also searched for over the past year and saw the biggest influx in searches during that period.”

It may not be perfect, but it is certainly one way to determine the answer, and, if nothing else, it’s entertaining. You can check out the full results here. Of course, you are curious how our top pick compares with our friendly neighbors.

Nebraska? The top choice is “Christmas with the Kranks,” which also starred Tim Allen along with Jamie Lee Curtis in this 2004 film that I have seen. It was good, not great.

Illinois? “A Christmas Carol,” the 1951 film adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel, is their pick. I can’t argue with that.

Minnesota? “Merry Kiss Cam,” whatever that is. I had to look it up. From way back in 2022, this movie was filmed entirely in Duluth, Minnesota. As you know, Minnesotans don’t venture out much.

Missouri? “A Christmas Vintage.” Vintage? It’s from 2023. Seriously. And, you guessed it, the film was made in Missouri.

South Dakota? The selection is “Spirited.” I haven’t seen this movie either, but it looks like something I might like. This 2022 musical comedy is a modern retelling of “A Christmas Carol” and a satire of the adaptions since. It stars Will Ferrell, so I am willing to give it a shot.

Any of these holiday movies connect with you? Or did something else come to mind? Send me a note and let me know. And do yourself a favor and watch “The Year Without a Santa Claus.”

Have a merry Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman 

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1916: WWI: Over a period of several days, avalanches in the Italian Alps killed an estimated 10,000 Austrian and Italian soldiers in mid-December. READ MORE
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Invasive blue catfish in Delmarva peninsula waters are now devouring the famous Maryland blue crabs. Previously, the hungry catfish were blamed for declining populations of bass and rockfish.

U.S. Dietary Advisory Committee is facing off with Congress again over classification of white potatoes, which come in many colors, as a vegetable. The bureaucrats want to make white potatoes a grain, like rice. That would cut potatoes out of school lunch programs. Previously, Congress has beaten back such bureaucratic aggression. This year, it's dubious which side prevails. (WSJ)

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FROM KCCI: Hawkeye Marching Band will perform during the Citrus Bowl halftime show

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From the Iowa Living magazines

Early Risers

There for parents who work early

By Jackie Wilson

Finding daycare is hard enough for those with a nine-to-five job, but those parents who work the early shift can have an even more difficult time finding daycare available early in the morning. 

That’s why West Side Kids in Waukee was established 18 years ago. The place is co-owned by sisters Erin Christianson and Erika Shepherd and their mom, Cindy Volkes.

Erin explains how the daycare began. Erika worked overnights and noticed not many daycares were available early. So, the two and their mom opened up the daycare to accommodate early drop-offs. The daycare used to be open at 6 a.m. but recently switched to 6:30 a.m. West Side Kids accepts children ages 6 weeks to 10 years and transports students to three different Waukee schools.

Read the rest of the story in the Waukee Living magazine!

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Happy Birthday Dave Mable!

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SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

After Jack punched his computer and broke his hand, what kind of help did he need? TECH KNUCKLE SUPPORT! - S. Hill Watkins. OR, DIGITAL REPAIR! William Snyder. Or, A dentist to work on his blue tooth! - Gail Tomlinson. Or Med tech support! - Rex Post.

Today's riddle

What is the medical term for owning too many dogs?

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