Friday, May 13, 2016

5 Best Places to Get Nightmare Before Christmas Movie Wallpapers and Graphics

This article highlights 5 websites that feature really cool wallpaper and other graphics for the 1993 Tim Burton movie, the Nightmare Before Christmas.

1- Disney’s Desktop Stop

Cost: Free
Registration Required: No
Forum Available: No

This fun Disney site offers wallpapers for many Disney characters and movies, including the Nightmare Before Christmas. There are 5 different wallpapers available in the Nightmare theme and you can choose to download either the 1024×768 size or the 800×600 size. Most of the wallpapers feature Jack as the subject.

You can also choose to download 3 different wall tiles and 9 different buddy icons.

2 – Halloween Town

Cost: Free
Registration Required: No, but you can register to become a regular member.
Forum Available: Yes

This site bills itself as one of the most extensive fan sites on the web today featuring the Nightmare Before Christmas.

Check out the right-hand pane of the website and look for the “Media” section. You’ll find plenty of screen caps, wallpapers, graphics, and icons available to download.

Halloween Town also has a good forum dedicated to talking about the movie, the characters, art, video games, and other Nightmare-related topics.

If you really like your Nightmare Before Christmas related merchandise, this site has a web store where you can purchase action figures, apparel, housewares, electronics, and more.

3 – Fanpop

Cost: Free
Registration Required: Yes, you need to join Fanpop to download or upload images.
Forum available: Yes, although no discussions have been posted on this topic yet.

This site is a fan gallery containing Nightmare-related images uploaded by various members. You can download or upload fan photos, wallpapers, icons, and artwork.

4 – Pumpkin Patch

Cost: Free
Registration Required: No, but registration will give you a personal profile page on the forum.
Forum available: Yes.

This is a comprehensive website is completely dedicated to all things regarding the Nightmare Before Christmas movie.

Look on the left-hand side of the website under the “Downloads” section to find really fun wallpapers, icons, avatars, and other cool items to try out.

5 – Search on

Cost: Free
Registration Required: Sign up for an account to download or upload images.
Forum available: Yes – a Help Forum is available.

If you can’t find the exact image you’re looking for on any of the above sites, try doing a search on Flickr. I typed in “Nightmare Before Christmas wallpapers” in the Search box and found a unique selection of wallpapers uploaded by users.

Change the search terms to look for other graphics, avatars, or fan art.

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5 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for Older Children

Encouraging a healthy habit of reading is one of the best gifts parents can give to their children. Teaching children to be early readers is even better. When I was growing up, reading was one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoyed many popular children’s writers of the 1970’s, and many before that decade, too. While I enjoyed all genres, fantasy and science fiction held a special interest for me. Fantasy and science fiction allows children to explore and dream and eventually be able to create stories of the same genre of their own. Below are five of my favorite books and authors which your children between the ages of 8 and 12 will enjoy too:

“The Mermaid’s Three Wisdoms” by Jane Yolen. First published in 1978, this book is about a mermaid named Melusina who is banished from her sea home and befriends Jess, a human girl who is hearing impaired. Together, they establish a close friendship. If your kids enjoy this book, introduce them to Yolen’s The Pit Dragon Chronicles series. .

“Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. Almost all children have heard about Alice and her adventures down the rabbit hole. First published in 1865, this story has been in reprint ever since due its timeless classic fantasy story about a girl who enters a world of animals and odd looking humans like Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Also recommended by Lewis Carroll: “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”

“Dragonwings” by Laurence Yep. It’s impossible to discuss great science fiction books for children without mentioning Yep. A Chinese-American writer who has received the Newberry Medal twice for his Golden Mountain Chronicles series, “Dragonwings” was first published in 1975 and is about a young boy’s father who builds a flying machine to catch a glimpse of the future. Inter-cultural issues also play an important role in the novel. If you like “Dragonwings”, I recommend “Sweetwater”, another story by Yep about life on a planet called Harmony which is in danger of being destroyed by sealife and the growing lack of food supplies.

“The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet” by Eleanor Cameron. Cameron is a writer from Canada well known for her Mushroom Planet book series. First published in 1954, this book is about two boys named David and Chuck who buld a spaceship to travel 50,000 miles from home to help a race of mushroom people become healthy once again. Other books in the Mushroom Panet series include: “Stowaway to the Mushroom Planet”, “A Mystery for Mr. Bass”, and “Time and Mr. Bass.”

“The Mystifying Twins” by Joan Price Reeve. First published in 1960, this has also been republished in recent years. The story is about two identical twin girls who attend a private school and their special means of communication with each other stun their teachers. Lois, one of the girls, eventually goes away to a Bible camp and becomes a born again Christian. Her sister, Lettie does not understand the change that has taken place. This is a delightful book to read and perfect for Christian families. Also by the same author: “The Secret of the Mystifying Twins.”

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5 Best Songs from "Ragtime"

Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens create such masterpieces together! “Ragtime” capitalizes on all of their strengths; following a book, forsehadowing, history, and gorgeous music. You will fall in love with this show and everything it has to offer. It follows the stories of a white family, an immigrant family, and most importantly Colehouse and Sarah of the African American community at the turn of the century. All of the characters reach out to each other against all odds and through the worst of circumstances. Let’s take a look at five of the most powerful songs from the show.

(1) “Your Daddy’s Son”: This song will disturb you and haunt you. It is desperate and passionate as Sarah explains why she buried her baby in the dirt outside of a wealthy family’s home. It is epic! It is unusual for such a terrifying topic to be tackled through a musical song, and it will never leave you. Audra McDonald’s voice enraptures this piece and brings it to amazing places vocally.

(2) “Wheels of a Dream”: Sarah and Colehouse talk about all of the possibilities and doors they want to open to their son. It’s a beautiful duet that shows the earnest desire to want better for your child than you had. You want these two characters to have a happy family, but foreshadowing shows us this will not be the case. At least, they get this beautiful, hopeful moment.

(3) “Sarah Brown Eyes”: After the loss of Sarah, we get a flashback to when Sarah and Colehouse first meet. It’s a flirty, lilty ragtime melody and it is easy to see why Sarah feel so hard for the attractive, charmer. As lovely as it is to see, it is all the more heartbreaking to watch at this point in the musical. You will cry your eyes out!

(4) “Back to Before”: Mother, who finds the baby when Sarah leaves it, is an integral part of the show. She is truly the loving and understand mother to everyone. This song represents her realizing that she is a different woman now. She can’t follow her husband blindly and be happy. She needs to move on. It’s a beautiful number.

(5) “Make them Hear You”: This is THE song from this show. It is so powerful, moving, and incredible. Colehouse has so much pent up anger, resentment, and fire. He lets it all out vocally on this inspirational and passionate song. It has a gorgeous melody and an intense build to the end. It’s a song that changes the world, just like Colehouse himself.

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5 Best Super Bowl Halftime Performances

The Super Bowl is the biggest football game of the year. During halftime at the Super Bowl usually consists of well-known artists who put on quite the show. Here are 5 of the best Super Bowl halftime performances.

Michael Jackson in 1993.
Michael Jackson performed during the halftime at Super Bowl XXVII in 1993. This was a powerful performance that changed how halftime performances ended up being conducted. Before this performance half time shows usually consisted of performances by college marching bands and occasionally lesser-known artists. Michael Jackson was the biggest name to have performed during a halftime when he did and made it to be the first Super Bowl where there were more people watching the halftime performance than the game itself. Watch the the entire show here via YouTube.

U2 in 2002.
U2 performed during the halftime at Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002. This was a very emotional performance as it happened just a couple months after 9/11. U2 performed three songs that included “Beautiful Day”, “MLK”, and “Where the Streets Have No Name”. During the performance names of all the victims of 9/11 were projected onto a screen behind the band. Lead singer Bono then opened his jacket up to show that the lining had an American flag printed onto it showing off American pride. This particular Super Bowl halftime show was ranked at number 1 for the Top 10 Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows by Watch the entire performance here via YouTube.

The Rolling Stones in 2006.
The Rolling Stones performed the Super Bowl halftime show at Super Bowl XL in 2006. rated this show number 10 on their list for Top 10 Super Bowl halftime shows. This show had the largest stage ever assembled for a Super Bowl halftime show. It took a crew of 600 people to put all 28 pieces together in 5 minutes. The stage was the iconic tongue logo that the Rolling Stones is known for. The previous year had controversy with the halftime performance so this show had a 5 second delay and some lyrics ended up being censored as well.

Madonna in 2012.
Madonna performed at Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. This was a very iconic show that bridged the gap between many generations. This show featured many guest performers including LMFAO, M.I.A., Niki Minaj, and CeeLo Green. This show featured some of her biggest hits throughout her career as well as newer music from her and her guest performers. Watch the entire show here via YouTube.

Beyonce in 2013.
Beyonce performed at Super Bowl XLVII in 2013. This was not only a fantastic show but also showed how much star power Beyonce has. This particular show ended up generating 268,000 tweets a minute on Twitter which meant it became the most tweeted-about moment in Twitter history. The critics raved about the performance with some even saying that her performance was better than the game itself. This performance also included a Destiny’s Child reunion as well, which is where Beyonce got her start from. Watch the entire performance here via YouTube.

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