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Sad Christmas Songs

In regards to the merriest of seasons, some songwriters have opted to oppose the traditional feeling of joy and happiness with songs that tug on our emotional heartstrings. For some, the holiday season brings sadness at times, which is observed in a few Christmas songs. These depressing ditties seem to fall into three separate categories.

The first group is definitely the most obvious of the three. Lyrically, these songs describe the songwriter's sad feelings for the holiday. They are often centred around a person feeling lonely during the holiday. Elvis Presley's rendition of "Blue Christmas" is one of these songs that first come to mind. The memorable lyrics, originally recorded by Ernest Tubb, illustrate the longing pain for someone that he is missing. Many unhappy Christmas anthems, written by great past artists, fall into this category. "Merry Christmas Darling" written and performed by The Carpenters, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" by Phil Spector and The Eagles' "Please Come Home For Christmas", all fit the emotional criteria of this group. Another example of this song type is a melody with a sad narrative. "Christmas Shoes", by Newsong invokes emotion by telling a touching story of a little boy and his dying mother.

Some Christmas songs have no mention of anything sad in their lyrics, but the music itself is depressing. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" is a traditional Christmas song that has lyrics that are comforting. However, when you hear Judy Garland's haunting delivery, most people can't help but tear up. The same can be said about the theme from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" titled, "Christmas Time Is Here". Similar to the previously stated song, the lyrics are hopeful, yet the downbeat style makes for a gloomy arrangement. Although this song is about the night that Jesus was born, many have suggested that "Silent Night" is one of the saddest Christmas songs of all time.

Lastly, we have tunes that are not made to be sad but remind us of something that is upsetting. Bing Crosby's "I'll Be Home For Christmas" will forever remind us of the soldiers who were separated from their families during World War II. Also, Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" still resonates in our hearts as the song which provided efforts for the 1984-1985 Ethiopian famine relief.

Many people all around the world experience the holiday season differently. Whatever your mood, you have the option to pick any style of Christmas Carol that you relate to the most, where it be a sad or happy one.