Have Yourself A Bummer Little Christmas

Ah, the holiday season. It is the time of the depression harvest. Nothing makes humans more sad than seeing others in film, television and song having the merriest of merry times. Yet there are those that enjoy the bitter ennui of a season that has turned from giving to merchandising and celebrate that in music. It’s the music of those who thankfully have let their sense of irony overcome their need to hang themselves from wings of the angel on top of the Christmas tree.

This mix is for you who are pining for the antidote to the falsities and fakery of your “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year,” “Santa Baby,” and “Step Into Christmas.” Want to set the Burl Ives snowman on fire? Hoping to smell chipmunk roasting by an open fire? Feel the need to bust Tiny Tim’s crutch over his head? This mix is for you.

Every track has been hand picked for sourness by a team of the season’s haters. Each one will break your heart or, if you’re like me, laugh with a sackful of schadenfreude tied with a blood red ribbon. The songs are wrapped hatefully in excerpts from some of the more heartbreaking moments given to us by television and film history. Thank you to all who helped with remembering these moments to use as interludes. WARNING: There is naughty language included.

For the full-length track, right click here.

And for those that need to see a playlist, it’s here.

9 thoughts on “Have Yourself A Bummer Little Christmas

  1. AWESOME. I’m so glad you used sobbing Margaret O’Brien in Meet Me in St. Louis!

    If I knew what you were up to, I would have suggested another song for the mix: Jonathan Coulton’s “Christmas Is Interesting” from his Smoking Monkey album.

    “Christmas is interesting
    Like a knife in your heart
    Christmas is interesting
    How it tears you apart
    Christmas is interesting
    Like a stick in your eye
    It’s so freaking interesting
    That it might make you cry”


    1. That would have been cool, but I overbooked as it was and had to take songs out. I also had to lose the Frosty the Snowman clip. I couldn’t find a quality sound bite without buying the DVD.

  2. Peg

    For future reference, Howard, I have Frosty, Rudolph, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, etc. on DVD if you need them. The playlist looks good; when my tech wizard arrives at my office I’ll have her download this mix. Thanks!

  3. Dude – I have some good ones to email you – like Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas) by the Decemberists. This has also inspired me to listen to the Jesus Santa Medley from South Park. Nothing says Christmas like Santa saying “F*** You Jesus”.

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