The day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday and not just because the mall cop who opens the doors at 6 a.m. drew a short straw the night before. It's Black Friday because it reveals the bleary-eyed, frothing-at-the-mouth consumerism that is the underbelly of the holiday season. The fact that holiday lights blink in windows and on trees past Jan. 1 is proof positive that there are well more than 12 days of Christmas. In fact, Christmas has begun to devour nearby holidays, and there may come a day when it butts up against that other mega-commercialized holiday, Halloween.
Whether in a vision or at the bottom of a teacup, Tim Burton foresaw this in 1993, when he released The Nightmare Before Christmas, the now-classic animated feature about Halloween's aggressive takeover of Christmas.
For those unfamiliar with the plot, Jack Skellington has caught a case of Halloween malaise and wants to diversify. Discovering the wintry delight of Yuletide, he stages a coup, kidnaps Santa and adds his own twist to the holiday season with his industrious army of ghouls, ghosts and other denizens of the Samhain dimension.
If you missed the Dec. 15 showing of The Nightmare Before Christmas at The Red Room, Boise Classic Movies is showing the film Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Egyptian Theatre as part of its holiday film series—which has included many of those movies that make basking in the glow of a television set many a lazy Christmas Day at least somewhat tolerable, like A Christmas Story and White Christmas. Tickets are available online.