Doors In “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Explained

Outside the frightening Halloween Town resides a group of doors which are both magical and mysterious. After arriving at the Hinterlands, you can travel through the seven doors to lands beyond your imagination. Each town possesses a leader like Santa Claus or Jack Skellington, but each place has a different focus based on a holiday near to millions of people’s hearts. But why are they there you ask? Hello I’m Isaac from Wotso Videos where we discuss fun topics for fun people and today I will explain the origins of the magical doors.

Dimensional traveling holiday doors can be used by the residents of any holiday town as a way to gain inspiration and borrow traditions from other towns to better their own, but “The Nightmare Before Christmas” argues the different holidays should be separated. Jack Skellington, the highest influencing and scariest monster of Halloween town, attempts to blend Halloween and Christmas to create a more enjoyable holiday for everyone, but instead of exciting the citizens of the world with frightening gifts, they reject the idea Christmas should be filled with scary gifts and destroy Jack’s sleigh. By the military ending Jack’s experiment, he comes to the realization holidays should be appreciated for their differences and accepts his role as the Pumpkin King. Since each holiday is so different from the others, this is why we continue to appreciate and celebrate the traditions each year.

If the very existence of the doors detriments the magic of the rest of the holiday’s then why would they be there, but until I am able to answer that consider this: why are there so many ways to travel from the holiday lands to the human world and so difficult to go between different holiday towns? The explanation lies in who created the lands to begin with: it was us!

Each holiday spawned from celebrations based on religious or historical significance we assigned to the day. For Christmas the day is celebrated as a way to remember the birth of Christ for Christians, Thanksgiving is a time to remember the voyages of the Mayflower to the new world and St. Patrick’s day is to remember the work done by the Irish Saint Patrick. We are the ones who possess the power to create and destroy holiday’s depending on what we deem valuable. Only the most beloved holidays by man were manifested into the many towns because of the magic people put into the events. The holidays that manifested into the Nightmare Before Christmas universe are not favored only because of the event they remember, but also because of the spirit and interaction which the day produces.

On Easter children excitedly search for eggs left by the Easter bunny and on Independence Day Americans celebrate their liberties by setting off fireworks over the night sky. The holidays have taken on a life of their own because of the magic we feel on those days and this magic created the many holiday lands.

We hold the power of every holiday. Each year the holidays and traditions are constantly evolving for everyone depending on different trends, socioeconomic status, age and location. For example, the reason we have the decorated trees in our living rooms each Christmas is because of the Germans. In the 16th century, the reformer of the Catholic church Martin Luther loved the twinkling of the stars between the branches of pine trees so he attempted to recreate that look inside his home by lighting candles on a pine tree. Even in the 19th century of the United States it was still unheard of to have a “Christmas tree” until German immigrants popularized the idea.

The holidays were created by man and are shaped by man. This idea explains why Jack and Santa can easily come to and from our world in such a diverse number of ways: it is easy for our creations to come into the world they originally were manifested from. We want Santa Claus to visit our home to give us presents, so he can come here in a magical sleigh. We want the monsters under our beds and the ghosts on the moon to frighten us on All Hallows Eve so they can come here through graveyards. We want the characters we created through belief to visit us on these holidays.

And the reason those magical doors exist between the realms of the holidays is also because of us.

Through the love of these holidays people have brought them together in some situations. On the day of Thanksgiving, Macie has its annual Macie’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which features Santa Claus at the end of the parade. On the day after Thanksgiving people begin to shop for Christmas on Black Friday; Christmas and Thanksgiving are blending elements of each other. Many of the holidays also have similar intrinsic similarities; many holidays are synonymous with a vacation from work or school, presents, feasts, family and fun.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” shows us that even though holidays may have some similarities by their nature that doesn’t mean we should blend them all together because their special distinctions are the reason we are so fond of them in the first place. The towns are loosely linked together through magical doors, but the characters in the holiday worlds have a much easier time coming to our world because we want them to be with us during the most wonderful times of the year. We created these holidays in memory of significant events or people and over years they have took on a life of their through the magic we feel when we experience them which even led to the manifestation of magical holiday towns.

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