Which Christmas song is most depressing? | The Tylt
For most depressing Christmas song, it's hard to outdo John Denver's 1973 tear-in-your-eggnog "Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas),” in which an 8-year-old begs his father to not pass out under the Christmas tree. But 2010's "The Christmas Shoes" might actually be worse: Patton Oswalt called this tragic tale of a kid trying to buy shoes for his dying mother "the most horrific Christmas song" ever written. Which is more depressing? Vote below! 😢 🎄
Which Christmas song is most depressing?
It’s that time of year again! Millions of shoppers will be hit with wave after unrelenting wave of holiday music to the point of aural madness. To celebrate this month of obnoxious festive melodies, we’ve taken the 16 most reviled Christmas songs and are pitting them against each other all month long! Don't forget to cast your vote in these other exciting head-to-head debates:
For sheer dysfunction, it's hard to get worse than a third-grader watching his father pass out under the Christmas tree while his mom cries. This poor kid needs Al-Anon for Christmas.
But The Christmas Shoes" is its own brand of depressing terribleness: at least John Denver song didn't inspire a 2002 Rob Lowe TV movie. Rich Cromwell of The Federalist puts it on his all-time top 10 worst list:
The psychotically schmaltzy schlock favorite conjures images of a kid without enough money to buy shoes for his dying mother because he wants her “to look beautiful, if she meets Jesus tonight.”