Have Yourself A Soul-Crushing Little Christmas

Not quite a year ago, I had a post about the most depressing Christmas Songs ever, in which I nominated Gordon Lightfoot’s “Circle of Steel.” Along the way, I wrote:

There’s also someone who claims that there’s a song about a little boy who is lost in the woods on Christmas Eve, is found by Santa, and dies of exposure (a sort of “Little Match Girl” with extra holly), but I’ve not been able to chase that one down, so I’m declaring it apocryphal.

Guess what? I was wrong about the woods, but buckle your seatbelts, kids — here comes your sleigh ride to the Pit of Despair, from the Master of the Musically Morose, the Doyen of Despondency, the Sultan of Sorrow. Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome to the Mondostage… Mr. Red Sovine.


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Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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2 Responses to Have Yourself A Soul-Crushing Little Christmas

  1. Kenneth Hall says:

    I don’t think I have the fortitude for Red Sovine right now, what with all the grading I’ve got to do ;-), but I find “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” more Tolkienesque, with its themes of thankfulness for the good while it lasts and its “if we are spared” reminder. It puts me in mind of Treebeard: “sad, but not unhappy.”

    I get that from the Sinatra version, anyway (top three Christmas albums ever, barring Messiah, in my book: A Jolly Christmas with Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis’s Merry Christmas, and Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas.

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