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Your Favorite Christmas Songs Are Way More Depressing Than You Thought

You're going to need to rethink your holly, jolly Christmas.

The holiday season is a happy time. It's all snowflakes and presents and cheer. So why is it that so many Christmas songs are utterly, gut-wrenchingly depressing? The closer you listen to the lyrics, the more it starts to sink in that Christmas isn't about family, joy or love. It's about the bleak absence of all of those things. Need proof? Here are 10 of the most horribly soul-destroying holiday tunes.

  1. "Blue Christmas" - Elvis Presley

    Punch to the Heart: "Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree / Won't be the same, dear, if you're not here with me."

  2. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" - Bing Crosby

    Punch to the Heart: "I'll be home for Christmas / If only in my dreams."

  3. "Christmases When You Were Mine" - Taylor Swift

    Punch to the Heart: "I've been doing fine without you, really / Up until the nights got cold."

  4. "Fairytale of New York" - The Pogues

    Punch to the Heart: "It was Christmas Eve, babe / In the drunk tank / An old man said to me / Won't see another one."

  5. "The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot" - Nat King Cole

    Punch to the Heart: "I'm so sorry for that laddie / He hasn't got a daddy / The little boy that Santa Claus forgot."

  6. "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" - Elmo & Patsy

    Punch in the Heart: "It's not Christmas without Grandma / All the family's dressed in black."


    Grandma died, people. The reindeer killed her.

  7. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" - Sam Smith (originally Judy Garland)

    Punch to the Heart: "Through the years we all will be together / If the fates allow / But 'til then we'll have to muddle through somehow."

  8. "Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day" - Brenda Lee

    Punch to the Heart: "I had a lonely September, October, November, too / But December is twice as lonely without you."

  9. "Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis" - Tom Waits

    Punch to the Heart: "I'll be eligible for parole / Come Valentine's Day."

  10. "Did I Make You Cry On Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It)" - Sufjan Stevens

    Punch to the Heart: "This time of year you always disappear / You tell me not to call."