The Nightmare Before Christmas Debate is Settled, Now Just Enjoy the Music

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by Michelle Wells

While many of us are happy to watch this classic movie at any time during the year, from October through December The Nightmare Before Christmas has been a staple in most households since its release in 1993. Nevertheless, there seems to be a lingering question in the minds of many faithful viewers- is The Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween or a Christmas movie?

It’s hard to say whether this movie is supposed to be watched at Halloween time or during the Christmas season because it really could go either way, but it looks like the debate has finally been settled. During the Telluride Horror Show in Colorado, a curious little girl asked the director himself, Henry Selick, the question that’s been on all of our minds. His response? “It’s a Halloween movie.”

There it is, the answer you have all been waiting for, and for some it’s definitely not what you expected. The story focuses more on Halloween Town and its residents, especially Jack Skellington. His internal struggles with Halloween lead him on the path to discovering Christmas Town and eventually destroying Christmas; all because because he didn’t understand it. In the end, Halloween Town was his home and where he truly belonged.

Will people still watch this movie during Christmas? Absolutely. There’s no reason to be ashamed of blasting “What’s This?” in December because for some that song brings the warm feeling of joy upon them that is associated with the holiday season.

Just enjoy the great tunes from the soundtrack below and embrace the feelings that come along with them, no matter what the season may be!

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