Here’s Why You Should Watch ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ At Christmas, Not Halloween

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Vote up the most convincing reasons 'Nightmare' is actually a Christmas flick.

Is The Nightmare Before Christmas a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie? Your answer is right in the film’s title.

Jack Skellington’s soliloquy after his discovery of Christmas Town includes one of the most classic Christmas movie lines there is: “Just because I cannot see it, doesn't mean I can't believe it!” Many a holiday movie has echoed this sentiment: “Seeing isn’t believing; believing is seeing,” from The Santa Clause, “I believe, I believe. It’s silly but I believe,” from Miracle on 34th Street (1947), and, “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see,” from The Polar Express.

The Nightmare Before Christmas sees its protagonist learn the true meaning of Christmas, Santa save the day when all seems lost, and Christmas charm and magic on full display. The culmination of these factors irrefutably places it in the Christmas movie camp. 


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    The Entire Point Is Jack Learning The True Meaning Of Christmas

    Like a child poorly emulating their parents, Jack gets excited about Christmas but does not at all understand it. He sees the seasonal accoutrements, but not the reasons behind them. Learning the true meaning of Christmas is the soul of just about every Christmas movie there is, and this one is no different.

    In the end, he learns that Christmas is ultimately about giving. Santa gifts Halloween Town with its first snowfall, and Jack tenderly sees the heart behind Sally’s presents. Not spooky at all, is it?

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    Jack’s Primary Conflict Is That He's Tired Of Going Through The Halloween Motions

    Jack, the Pumpkin King, the top dog, er, skeleton of Halloween Town, is totally over Halloween. He’s a font of ennui until he happens upon Christmas Town. Doesn’t sound much like a celebration of Halloween, does it? Jack’s zest for life is renewed once he is introduced to the idea of Christmas, proving that the holiday can spark joy in even the darkest among us.

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    After The First 10 Minutes Of The Movie, Halloween Is Completely Over

    Though the movie begins with the catchy “This is Halloween,” Halloween is over as soon as the song ends. The ditty is used to set up the town for the viewers, not to celebrate the holiday. The vast majority of the movie takes place in the lead-up to and on Christmas Day. Sure, many characters and sets seem Halloween-y. Christmas is their goal, however, and they quickly set about assimilating, albeit poorly.

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    Christmas Town Is A Tim Burton-y Whoville

    Christmas Town is basically an idyllic Whoville, Burton-style. Everyone is good, festive, and loves Christmas. The wholesome, bright, joyous nature of it is what gives Jack such an inspirational kick in the pants. It is decidedly more jolly than scary. No wonder he wants to get on board with Christmas! 

    Nightmare is a perfect a watch for those in search of the holiday spirit, and a great option for friends and family who don’t have the patience for most ho-ho-holiday flicks.