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10th May '16 11:49:20 AM Scorpion451
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A subtrope of CrappyHolidays. See also DidIMentionItsChristmas and DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime.

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A subtrope of CrappyHolidays.CrappyHolidays, and Sister Trope to TwistedChristmas (which can overlap for particularly grim examples). See also DidIMentionItsChristmas and DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime.
27th Apr '16 4:54:17 AM F1Krazy
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* ''Manga/{{Toradora}}'''s Christmas arc includes scenes like a depressed Taiga curled up in her room sobbing, and ends with [[spoiler:Ryuuji finally confessing to Minori only for her to bluntly reject him]]. It marks the point at which the show [[CerebusSyndrome shifts]] from "funny romantic comedy" to "{{Wangst}}y romantic drama".



* ''Series/TheXFiles'' first Christmas episode (actually a two-parter) falls victim to this in the worst kind of way. The episode starts with Scully spending the holidays with her brother and his wife in San Diego. They're expecting a baby and are very exciting, unknowingly digging the proverbial knife deeper for Scully, who has just found out that she is unable to conceive. A mysterious phone call leads Scully to a muder mystery, in which the parents of a sick 3-year-old die in quick succession. The little girl looks an awful lot like Scully's sister, Melissa, who had been killed two seasons before. So, Scully has some DNA tests run. While they run, Scully tries to adopt the orphaned Emily, but is denied. When the tests come back and reveal that Emily is actually Scully's daughter, things get worse. The little girl has an incurable form of anemia, which would be bad enough except when taken to the hospital, an entire conspiracy involving surrogate mothers taken from the local nursing home and alien hybrids is discovered after Emily's blood burns an ER doctor. On top of that, Emily has a growth that's shutting down her body systematically. The final scene is her funeral, which happens just after Scully's sister-in-law gives birth to Scully's nephew. Quite possibly one of the most depressing Christmas episodes.

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'' first Christmas episode (actually a two-parter) falls victim to this in the worst kind of way. The episode starts with Scully spending the holidays with her brother and his wife in San Diego. They're expecting a baby and are very exciting, unknowingly digging the proverbial knife deeper for Scully, who has just found out that she is unable to conceive. A mysterious phone call leads Scully to a muder murder mystery, in which the parents of a sick 3-year-old die in quick succession. The little girl looks an awful lot like Scully's sister, Melissa, who had been killed two seasons before. So, Scully has some DNA tests run. While they run, Scully tries to adopt the orphaned Emily, but is denied. When the tests come back and reveal that Emily is actually Scully's daughter, things get worse. The little girl has an incurable form of anemia, which would be bad enough except when taken to the hospital, an entire conspiracy involving surrogate mothers taken from the local nursing home and alien hybrids is discovered after Emily's blood burns an ER doctor. On top of that, Emily has a growth that's shutting down her body systematically. The final scene is her funeral, which happens just after Scully's sister-in-law gives birth to Scully's nephew. Quite possibly one of the most depressing Christmas episodes.
24th Mar '16 4:13:58 PM nombretomado
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In {{Soap Opera}}s, Christmas is a time of death, divorce, infidelity and violence. [[CoronationStreet In]] [[EastEnders British]] [[{{Emmerdale}} soaps]] [[Series/{{Hollyoaks}} especially]], at least one person will end up dying, getting knocked down, or crying all alone on the happiest day of the year and almost always [[SoundtrackDissonance with a carol or jolly song]] over these images just to hammer it home. Maybe somebody's house will go down in flames. Maybe somebody's GenreBlind enough to actually ''get married''. That's the Spirit of Christmas for you.

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In {{Soap Opera}}s, Christmas is a time of death, divorce, infidelity and violence. [[CoronationStreet [[Series/CoronationStreet In]] [[EastEnders [[Series/EastEnders British]] [[{{Emmerdale}} [[Series/{{Emmerdale}} soaps]] [[Series/{{Hollyoaks}} especially]], at least one person will end up dying, getting knocked down, or crying all alone on the happiest day of the year and almost always [[SoundtrackDissonance with a carol or jolly song]] over these images just to hammer it home. Maybe somebody's house will go down in flames. Maybe somebody's GenreBlind enough to actually ''get married''. That's the Spirit of Christmas for you.
17th Mar '16 1:50:24 PM AmarhC
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* 2015: [[spoiler: The Mitchells and Beales' dinner goes awry as it is thought that [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior Bobby has once again striked]], apparently killing off Sharon's son Dennis. Before then, Dennis revealed to Bobby that he killed Lucy, when he was believed it wasn't his fault. Phil's [[AddledAddict excessive alcohol consumption]] causes him to have cirrhosis in the liver. Shabnam finds out that her husband Kush is the father of her best friend Stacey's newborn baby. Fatboy is an [[MurderByMistake unintentional victim]] in a clash between Ronnie and Vincent. Shirley [[IHaveNoSon dismisses Dean]] over his attempted rape on Roxy, forcing her to try and drown her own son. When Linda gets involved, Dean admits he raped Linda. During New Year's Day, Dean takes revenge to try and drown Shirley in the canal right next to where Mick and Linda's wedding is located. Mick risks his life jumping in the water trying to stop Dean.]]
16th Feb '16 2:12:03 PM Adept
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->''"Oh, [[YouJustHadToSayIt did you have to?]] 'No turning back'? That's almost as bad as '[[NothingCanStopUsNow nothing could]] [[TemptingFate possibly]] [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong go wrong]]' or 'this is going to be the best Christmas [[Series/EastEnders Walford]]'s ever had'."''

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->''"Oh, [[YouJustHadToSayIt did you have to?]] to? 'No turning back'? That's almost as bad as '[[NothingCanStopUsNow nothing could]] [[TemptingFate possibly]] [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong 'nothing could possibly go wrong]]' wrong' or 'this is going to be the best Christmas [[Series/EastEnders Walford]]'s Walford's ever had'."''
16th Feb '16 12:42:10 PM johnnye
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->''"Oh, [[YouJustHadToSayIt did you have to?]] No turning back? That's almost as bad as '[[NothingCanStopUsNow nothing could]] [[TemptingFate possibly]] [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong go wrong]]' or 'this is going to be the best Christmas [[Series/EastEnders Walford]]'s ever had'."''

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->''"Oh, [[YouJustHadToSayIt did you have to?]] No 'No turning back? back'? That's almost as bad as '[[NothingCanStopUsNow nothing could]] [[TemptingFate possibly]] [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong go wrong]]' or 'this is going to be the best Christmas [[Series/EastEnders Walford]]'s ever had'."''
28th Jan '16 6:23:12 AM jth
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** Topped in season 2's Christmas episode, ''One Angry Veronica''. [[spoiler: The tape of Aaron having sex with Lilly is stolen from the Neptune sheriff's department and destroyed, which ends up helping him escape conviction later in the season. Leo is forced to resign (having revealed in the same episode that he's under severe financial strain looking after his disabled sister). And having survived the season-opening bus crash, Meg dies in hospital from a blood clot, leaving her newborn baby in the hands of her abusive, fanatical parents.]]
1st Jan '16 4:14:14 PM Sagetsu
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* [[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong "The Husbands of River Song"]] (Christmas 2015, set in the year 5343) aired after the final departure of Clara Oswald, which [[TraumaCongaLine left the Twelfth Doctor in trauma, heartbroken]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent and even with a dose of limited amnesia]]--which is then [[SubvertedTrope subverted gloriously]] by being a quite-merry romp with Russell Davies Era companion [[Creator/AlexKingston River Song]], at least until it was established that this pretty much leads into her [[spoiler: foregone death in her debut story, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "Silence in the Library"]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]], capping off on a BittersweetEnding]].

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* [[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong "The Husbands of River Song"]] (Christmas 2015, set in the year 5343) aired after the final departure of Clara Oswald, which [[TraumaCongaLine left the Twelfth Doctor in trauma, heartbroken]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent and even with a dose of limited amnesia]]--which is then [[SubvertedTrope subverted gloriously]] by being a quite-merry romp with Russell Davies Era companion [[Creator/AlexKingston River Song]], at least until it was established that this pretty much leads into her [[spoiler: foregone death in her debut story, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "Silence in the Library"]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]], capping off on a BittersweetEnding]].
1st Jan '16 12:25:34 PM Sagetsu
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* [[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong "The Husbands of River Song"]] (Christmas 2015, set in the year 5343) aired after the final departure of Clara Oswald, which [[TraumaCongaLine left the Twelfth Doctor in trauma, heartbroken]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent and even with a dose of limited amnesia]]--which is then [[SubvertedTrope subverted gloriously]] by being a quite-merry romp with Russell Davies Era companion [[Creator/AlexKingston River Song]], at least until it was established that this pretty much leads into her [[spoiler: foregone death in her debut story, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "Silence in the Library"]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]], capping off on a BittersweetEnding]].
23rd Dec '15 12:45:30 PM talltalltree
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* 2015: [[spoiler:Reenie [=McQueen=] goes to jail for assaulting a police officer while on bail, leaving behind her daughters, one of whom is about to testify in court against her abuser and will now have to go through it alone. Simone Loveday is forced to tell her children that she has lost the much hoped for baby she was carrying. John Paul tries for a reconciliation with his estranged husband Ste but is humiliated when Ste rejects him in favour of Harry. Cameron Campbell tries to blow up his ex Leela in her new house, and when his brother Lockie threatens to report him, Cameron kidnaps Lockie. Meanwhile Lockie's estranged wife Porsche leaves town heartbroken when Lockie fails to meet her as he promised. Leela finally agrees to let her husband Ziggy be with her sister Tegan - but as they dance together at a Christmas party, Ziggy dies from internal injuries sustained in the house explosion.]]

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* 2015: [[spoiler:Reenie [=McQueen=] goes back to jail for assaulting a police officer while on bail, jail, leaving behind her daughters, one of whom is about will now have to testify in court against her abuser and will now have to go through it alone. Simone Loveday is forced to tell her children that she has lost the much hoped for baby she was carrying. John Paul tries for a reconciliation with his estranged husband Ste ex-husband but is humiliated when Ste rejects him rejected in favour of Harry. Cameron Campbell tries to blow up his ex Leela in her new house, and when his brother Lockie threatens to report him, Cameron kidnaps Lockie. Meanwhile Lockie's estranged wife Porsche leaves town heartbroken when Lockie he fails to meet her as he promised. Leela finally agrees to let gives her husband Ziggy her blessing to be with her sister Tegan - but as they dance together at a Christmas party, Ziggy then he dies from internal injuries he sustained in the house explosion.]]
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