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20 Saddest Christmas Songs Ever

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It’s Not Christmas Until You’ve Cried Just A Little Bit

There’s something about the happiest time of year that brings on an inner sadness for people that aren’t riding the giant wave of jingle bells and ho-ho’s through the month of December. In the time when you’re compelled to be thankful for everything you have, you’re also forced to take stock of the things you don’t.

To commemorate the emotional roller coaster that is this holiday season, here is a list of the saddest Christmas songs ever.

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So chug that eggnog and deck the halls with your holiday tears… And don’t forget get to SHARE the holiday ennui! What would the season be without it?

20. The River ā€“ Joni Mitchell


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From one of the most raw folk albums ever produced, Joni Mitchell’sĀ Blue, this song isn’t necessarily a Christmas song as much as a song about love lost during the holidays and the desire to just “skate away” from it all.

19. That Was the Worst Christmas Ever ā€“ Sufjan Stevens



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Need we say more? It’s all in the title. We’ve all had a Christmas like this one.

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