Not everyone is having a gay old time today, and we realize not everyone got what they wanted for Christmas. So long as you aren’t depressed to the point of considering self-harm, here’s a fine selection of miserable Christmas songs to assure you that you are not alone, including John Prine’s Christmas in Prison, Suicide’s Hey Lord, The Vandals’ Hang Myself from the Tree, No More Christmas Blues (Alan Vega), Tom Wait’s Christmas Card from a Hooker in a Minneapolis, The Killers Don’t Shoot Me Santa, Christmas in Vietnam by Johnny & Don and many other grim seasonal toe-tappers.
And last, but by no means least, Bob Dylan’s ‘unique’ 2009 Christmas In The Heart album, where he took an axe to many seasonal classics – take a listen to his dirge-like stab at Little Drummer Boy:
Plum Puddin’ Overkill?
And how about an antidote to all those saccharine Christmas movies?
Violent Night (2022)
The surprisingly dark ending of Krampus (2015)
The Dutch horror comedy Saint (2011)
Rare Exports (2010)
Black Christmas (1974)
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Silent Partner (1978)
The Ref (1994)
and the trashy Santa’s Slay (2005)