Created By: Superior on July 12, 2010 Last Edited By: Superior on July 12, 2010
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A tragic event, that happens on Chistmas, for added irony.

Christmas being the biggest, celebration of love, family, and happiness, it can further increase a single character's personal misery if he experiences totally opposite emotions.

In extreme cases, this can mean death, torture, rape, and more death. In shows with more everyday themes, it might be loneliness, failed relationships, and depression.

See also Snow Means Death, a frequently used motif in such settings, and Bad Santa, a more humorous take on the concept. The Christmas section of Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday has some of the most brutal examples.

Examples:

Film

Live-Action TV
  • One M*A*S*H Christmas BJ insisted on keeping a critically wounded soldier alive so the soldier's children wouldn't remember Christmas as "the day Daddy died." Despite their efforts he died with like 35 minutes left to go - so Hawkeye moved the hands of the clock and said, "Look, he made it."
  • The first Scrubs Christmas Episode starts off like this, but then goes Away in a Manger. Still worth mentioning just for the song that plays as Turk's Christmas Spirit gradually gets worn away:
    On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
    Twelve beaten children,
    Eleven drive-by shootings,
    Ten frozen homeless,
    Nine amputations,
    Eight burn victims,
    Seven strangled shoppers,
    Six random knifings,
    Five suicides,
    Four beaten wives,
    Three ODs,
    Two shattered skulls,
    And a drunk who drove into a tree.

Manga & Anime
  • In ef - a fairy tale of the two., first the earthquake on Christmas, that killed hundreds of people in the town, including the families of Yuu and Yuuko. Then, years later, Yuuko got raped by her stepbrother on a christmas night for the first time. And then, more years later, she died in a car crash on a third Christmas.
  • In Angel Beats!! it was implied that Otonashi's sister died on Christmas Eve.
  • In Toradora, Taiga and Minori, both in love with Ryuuji, pushed him away from themselves wanting him to be happy with the other girl Cue to upbeat christmas song.
  • The dramatic climax of Nanoha A's plays during Christmas Eve.

Music

Video Games

Western Animation
  • The Christmas episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold reveals that Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered on Christmas, while Bruce was sulking over not getting the toy he wanted.
  • The legendary "Woodland Critter Christmas" episode of South Park.

Real Life
  • The Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004.
  • The Cyclone Tracy hit the Australian city of Darwin around 10pm on Christmas Eve, 1974, and dissipated on Boxing Day.
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • June 23, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    One particularly common case of this is showing someone all alone at Christmas.
  • June 23, 2010
    randomsurfer
    One MASH Christmas BJ insisted on keeping a critically wounded soldier alive so the soldier's children wouldn't remember Christmas as "the day Daddy died." Despite their efforts he died with like 35 minutes left to go - so Hawkeye moved the hands of the clock and said, "Look, he made it."
  • June 23, 2010
    SonicLover
    The fourth case of the first Ace Attorney game.
  • June 23, 2010
    TooBah
    The movie Gremlins is an example (the events happen at Christmas), and contains another one--one of the main characters tells how her father died on Christmas, trying to go down the chimney in a Santa suit. "And that's how I learned there was no Santa Clause".
  • June 23, 2010
    TooBah
    BTW, there's a list of these under Horror Doesnt Settle For Simple Tuesday. Is this just part of that trope?
  • June 23, 2010
    Kinitawowi
    Soapland Christmas channels this trope.
  • June 23, 2010
    Superior
    ^^ ^ These are both subtropes, 'Tuesday for horror specific examples, and Soapland Christmas for... British soap opera examples? OK, I'm not sure why this second variation exists, once this universal version gets launched, I will suggest a merge in the trope repair shop.
  • June 23, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    I was actually surprised not to see this before.

    Wasn't there a (rather angsty) Incredible Hulk comic centered around this trope?
  • June 24, 2010
    Duckay
    Another real life example: Cyclone Tracy hit the Australian city of Darwin around 10pm on Christmas Eve, 1974, and dissipated on Boxing Day.
  • June 24, 2010
    amazinglyenough
  • June 24, 2010
    Sceptre
    Echo Superior. Soapland Christmas could be merged with this.
  • June 25, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    The Hollijolli Village invasion in Mario And Luigi Partners In Time? The music is a twisted version of Christmas music to drive the point home.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnTyM5OmRAM
  • June 25, 2010
    Kinitawowi
    The main thing separating this from Soapland Christmas is that the latter takes place in... well, Soapland, which is usually a Crapsack World at the best of times; Christmas is merely an excuse to run the crapsackiness Up To Eleven - and does it every year, usually on a Christmas Episode. This trope looks more like Christmas providing a backdrop for a My Greatest Failure every once in a while.
  • June 25, 2010
    Smokie
    The dramatic climax of Nanoha A's plays during Christmas Eve.
  • June 25, 2010
    the grene kni3t
    The Christmas episode of Batman The Brave And The Bold reveals that Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered on Christmas, while Bruce was sulking over not getting the toy he wanted.
  • June 28, 2010
    DaibhidC
    • The first Scrubs Christmas Episode starts off like this, but then goes Away In A Manger. Still worth mentioning just for the song that plays as Turk's Christmas Spirit gradually gets worn away:
      On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
      Twelve beaten children,
      Eleven drive-by shootings,
      Ten frozen homeless,
      Nine amputations,
      Eight burn victims,
      Seven strangled shoppers,
      Six random knifings,
      Five suicides,
      Four beaten wives,
      Three ODs,
      Two shattered skulls,
      And a drunk who drove into a tree.
  • June 28, 2010
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Legion happens in the days before and after Christmas.
  • July 1, 2010
    RedZeppelin
    This does look like Soapland Christmas to me.
  • July 1, 2010
    Superior
    ^ If that trope is supposed to stand for soap opera examples only, then we need a supertrope.

    If it is supposed t be an universal trope, then it has a bad title, bad description, and badly examples, it's easier to launch this trope than to completely rewrite that one.
  • July 1, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    Billy Idol's song "Yellin' at the Xmas Tree"
  • July 1, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    The legendary "Woodland Critter Christmas" episode of South Park.

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