->''"It's always seemed to me, after all, that Christmas, with its spirit of giving, offers us all a wonderful opportunity each year to reflect upon what we all most sincerely and deeply believe in. I refer, of course, to money."''
-->-- '''Music/TomLehrer''', in the introduction to "A Christmas Carol", on ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer''

What the AntiLoveSong is to SillyLoveSongs, this is to ChristmasSongs -- [[SatireParodyPastiche parodying, satirizing]] or {{subvert|edTrope}}ing the tropes and messages of conventional holiday tunes. This may involve mockery of the holiday's religious elements, criticism of its MerchandiseDriven commercialization, depiction of the social alienation or family dysfunction that's frequently cloaked (or in some cases exacerbated) by the seasonal ideal of "togetherness" and love, or imagery of horror and violence in contrast to the usually peaceful tone of the holiday season.

This is the song form of CrappyHolidays, in short. BadSanta or TwistedChristmas might be invoked. Sometimes there's overlap with ProtestSong if the Anti-Christmas Song is serious and political enough.

A number of VideoGames have extra features which activate at Christmas (see HolidayMode) and depending on the type of game and how it was designed, the music can become an Anti-Christmas Song if the game is not of the type one would normally associate with Christmas sentiment.

As you might well imagine, real-life versions of TheGrinch tend to love these.



[[folder: Film]]
* "Christmas in Heaven", from ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'', depicts the afterlife version of the holiday as a tacky, schlocky, UsefulNotes/LasVegas-style production.
* A [[WhatCouldHaveBeen deleted]] Penguin line from ''Film/BatmanReturns'' had the villain singing as he counted down the final seconds before his penguin army attempted to blow up Gotham Plaza: "Silent night / Violent night / All is shrill / All is blight."
* The 1951 movie ''The Lemon Drop Kid'' not only introduced the world to the holiday classic "Silver Bells", but also a parody version performed by William Frawley (yep, [[Series/ILoveLucy Fred Mertz]] himself) as an ill-tempered sidewalk Santa collecting charitable donations:
-->Silver bells, silver bells\\
Let's put some dough in the kitty\\
Chunk it in, chunk it in\\
Or Santy will give you a mickey...

[[folder: Literature]]
* In ''Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets'' (IRL inspiration for the [[Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet 1990s show]]), the Baltimore PD Homicide Unit have their own version of "Deck the Halls", which, as befitting people who's job it is to investigate a city with 234 murders a year, is extremely dark. The author says that at least this Xmas they didn't decorate the office tree with cardboard angels, their faces supplied by the morgue photos of the year's murder victims.
-->''Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa-lalalalalalalala,''\\
''Talk to us and if you're willing, fa-lalalalalalalala,''\\
''Tell us who did all this killing, fa-lalalalalalalala,''\\
''Tell us how you want forgiveness, fa-lalalalalalalala,''\\
''You don't know we've got a witness, fa-lalalalalalalalala,''\\
''Talk to us you've nothing to lose, fa-lalalalalalalalala,''\\
''Why is there blood on your gym shoes? fa-lalalalalalalalala,''\\
''Want to make a good impression? fa-lalalalalalalalala,''\\
''Make yourself a fast confession! fa-lalalalalalalalala!''

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* An exceptionally gruesome one from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', about the experience of being on-call in the emergency room on Christmas eve:
-->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.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'':
** The 1991 episode featuring ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S03E21SantaClausConquersTheMartians Santa Claus Conquers the Martians]]'' has a host segment where Crow introduces his new holiday standard, "[[AnAssKickingChristmas A Patrick Swayze Christmas]]".
** The 1993 ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S05E21SantaClaus Santa Claus]]'' episode features "Whispering Christmas Warrior" and "[[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad Merry Christmas, If That's Okay]]".
* ''Series/HorribleHistories''' Christmas special included a version of "Silent Night" describing Christmas in medieval times, with drunken peasants getting into fights, as well as one of "Good King Wenceslas" which debunks the carol's claims about said "king" (actually a duke).
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has Frank hallucinating himself in a parody of the Rankin Bass Christmas specials where an elf sings an upbeat tune about how he should change his ways... or else the other four will eventually snap and horrifically beat and maim him to death.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': In "Regional Holiday Music", Abed convinces his Jehova's Witness pal Troy, through old-school rap, that he can join the glee club as a means of subverting and taking down the holiday from within.
* Paul Simon and Creator/SteveMartin did something similar to Music/SimonAndGarfunkel's "Seven O'Clock News/Silent Night" for ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', with Simon singing "Silver Bells" as Martin gives a depraved monologue about the increasingly dysfunctional and appalling meaning Christmas has for him.
** A 1990 ''SNL'' skit had a mock commercial for a ''Dysfunctional Family Christmas'' album, replete with such ditties as "Let's Pretend We Like Each Other This Christmas", "Ballad of the Co-Dependent", and "Can't You Let It Drop? It's Christmas!"
--->Daddy's nose is red and runny\\
Daddy's voice is rough and funny\\
And the only words I can understand\\
Are "God" and "damn" and "Christmas".
* Subverted by "Luk drømmene ind"[[hottip:translation:Let in the dreams]] from ''Series/ChristmasOnVesterbro''. The beginning of the song, which is all you'd hear during the credits, sounds exactly like this, taking every old Danish Christmas tradition and singing about how they suck. The chorus says exactly what's awesome about christmas, ending in the line "shut the fuck up, open your heart and let in the dreams"[[hottip:in Danish:"Luk din røv, luk hjertet op og luk drømmene ind]]
* ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eHLHXRx_IQ "California Christmastime"]]:
-->California Christmastime\\
Is just a golden state of mind.\\
Chet’s nuts roasting in the bright sunlight--\\
Put on some pants, Chet!

[[folder: Music]]
* OlderThanSteam: The "[[http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/c/o/coventry.htm Coventry Carol]]" features a mother singing her baby to sleep... shortly before he becomes one of the ''many'' children slaughtered in Herod's attempt to kill the newborn king. Not anti-Christmas, just a bit of ValuesDissonance, since most people nowadays don't bring up the darker parts of the Nativity story on this cheeriest day of the year. There are also carols which talk about how the baby Messiah will grow up to be crucified, the most visible example being the "myrrh" verse of "We Three Kings", which some bowdlerised versions cut.
* Erich Kästner (best known as a children's author) wrote "Weihnachtslied, chemisch gereinigt" ("Christmas song, chemically cleaned") in 1927, discussing the gap between poor and rich to the tune of a song ("Morgen, Kinder, wird's was geben") that eagerly anticipates presents to be brought by Santa Claus. The first verse goes like this:
-->Morgen, Kinder, wird's nichts geben!\\
Nur wer hat, kriegt noch geschenkt.\\
Mutter schenkte euch das Leben.\\
Das genügt, wenn man's bedenkt.\\
Einmal kommt auch eure Zeit.\\
Morgen ist's noch nicht soweit.\\
(Tomorrow, kids, there will be nothing!\\
Only those who already have shall receive.\\
Mother gave to you your life,\\
and that's enough, if you think about it.\\
Someday, your time will come too.\\
But tomorrow shall not be the day just yet.)
* "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (1944) started out as one of these.
** The song was originally written for the climax of the film ''Film/MeetMeInStLouis'', where Creator/JudyGarland's character tries to comfort her little sister over the fact that this will be the family's last Christmas at home before moving to New York. Lyrics included lines like "Have yourself a merry little Christmas, it may be your last,/Next year we may all be living in the past" or "Faithful friends who were dear to us, will be near to us no more." Judy Garland absolutely refused to perform the song until the lyrics were changed to something that wouldn't make her seem like a total monster. The film was released in 1944, during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, when everyone in the audience knew men serving overseas, and knew that it was likely that this merry little Christmas ''would'' be the last for some of them. Even the toned-down version thus had an emotional resonance that we today cannot fully appreciate.
** Even in revised form, the song still contained the suicide-inducing line, "Until then we'll have to muddle through somehow", so Music/FrankSinatra later had the lyrics modified even further (to the now-familiar "Hang a shining star upon the highest bough") for his 1957 recording.
** Music/BobDylan's cover of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" on an album of Christmas covers which was otherwise played straight. ''Music/ChristmasInTheHeart'', ''retained'' that particular lyric.
* Music/SpikeJones did multiple odd and humorous Christmas songs, including the now very-well-known "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" (1948) and the much-lesser-known "The Angel in the Christmas Play" (which is about a juvenile delinquent cheerfully recounting all the naughty things he's done in between announcing his role in the school pageant).
** He also made a private parody recording of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" called "I Saw Mommy Screwing Santa Claus", which has unfortunately never seen the light of day.
* "Blue Christmas" (1948), first popularized by Ernest Tubb and CoveredUp a decade later by Music/ElvisPresley, is all about how miserable the holiday is going to be for the narrator without his loved one.
* "How I Hate to See Christmas Come Around" (1949) by Jimmy Witherspoon, a blues number in which the singer laments his lack of money for the holidays.
* Yogi Yorgesson's "I Yust Go Nuts at Christmas" (1949). The narration in the middle describes a [[SerialEscalation serially escalating]] quarrel-dispute-fight between the singer's side of the extended family and his wife's side. The middle gives us this gem that can't be unheard:
--> "Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men." \\
Yust at that moment, someone slugs Uncle Ben.
* "I Got a Cold for Christmas" (1954), originally by the Ames Brothers and later recorded by Film/TheThreeStooges during their television age popularity:
-->All the other girls and boys\\
Ran downstairs to get their toys\\
But all I did was sneeze and sniff\\
And use my Christmas handkerchief
* "Nuttin' for Christmas" (1955) is sung by a another bratty kid, who not only revels in his wicked deeds but also cheerfully lets a burglar into the house in exchange for a cut of the profits. They sing the last reprise of the chorus together. (The original version didn't have that ending, instead ending with the standard {{A|nAesop}}esop warning the listener to be good. The version with the burglar is performed by Creator/StanFreberg, and it is much, much funnier.)
** Robert Lund's "Nuttin' But Spam" (2003), in turn, is a takeoff on "Nuttin' for Christmas".
* "Why Don't You Go Home for Christmas?" (1958) finds Jim Backus (doing his WesternAnimation/MrMagoo voice) imploring his wife to go home to her parents for the holidays, "so I can have a happy New Year".
* Augie Rios' "Ol' Fatso" (1958) is from the POV of a little boy who flat-out refuses to believe in Santa, telling him to "get those reindeer off the roof" and even refusing to accept the presents he brings ("I ain't taking no bribes").
* Creator/StanFreberg's "Green Chri$tma$" (1958) has a "jingles all the way" medley of Christmas carols rewritten to sell products:
-->"Deck the halls with advertising..."\\
"We wish you a merry Christmas, AND PLEASE BUY OUR BEER!"
* Music/TomLehrer's very grinch-y "A Christmas Carol", from ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer'' (1959):
-->On Christmas Day you can't get sore\\
Your fellow man you must adore\\
There's time to rob him all the more\\
The other three hundred and sixty-four.
** It reaches the peak of brilliance when it starts deconstructing actual Christmas carols.
--->Hark, the ''Herald Tribune'' sings\\
Advertising wondrous things\\
God rest ye merry, merchants\\
May you make the Yuletide pay\\
Angels we have heard on high\\
Tell us to go out and buy
** And for good measure, the song ends by trying to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar get crap past the radar]]:
--->Let the raucous sleigh bells jingle\\
Hail our dear old friend, Kris Kringle\\
Driving his reindeer across the sky\\
Don't stand underneath when they fly by!
* Music/MilesDavis' "Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)" (1962) finds guest vocalist Bob Dorough (of later ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock'' fame) bitterly denouncing "all the waste, all the sham, all the haste and plain old bad taste" of the season.
* "Merry Christmas, You Suckers" (1962) by Paddy Roberts.
* "Christmas Ain't Like Christmas Anymore" (1962), by Kitty Wells, is a classic country weeper about someone who can't bear the holiday after a breakup.
* Creator/AllanSherman's "The Twelve Gifts of Christmas" (1963) replaces the traditional calling birds, turtledoves, etc. with various schlocky items, including, among other things, a pair of teakwood shower clogs, an indoor plastic birdbath, and a Japanese transistor radio. Sherman continuously describes the radio in detail at various points:
-->It's a Nakashuma.\\
It's the Mark IV model. That's the one that's discontinued.\\
And it comes in a leatherette case with holes in it so you can listen right through the case.\\
And it has a wire with a thing on one end that you can stick in your ear and a thing on the other end that you can't stick anywhere because it's bent.
** On the twelfth day, instead of getting a new gift, he decides to exchange all the items he received the other eleven days.
* "Pretty Paper", written by Music/WillieNelson and popularized by Music/RoyOrbison (1963), should be mentioned here, as it's about someone (a sidewalk vendor hawking wrapping paper and pencils to the holiday shoppers rushing past him) who's clearly not having a good time amid the celebration.
* "Standing in the Rain" (1965) by Sydney ("Lord of the Dance") Carter:
-->No use knocking on the window,\\
Some are lucky, some are not, sir.\\
We are Christian men and women, \\
But we're keeping what we've got, sir.\\
No we haven't got a manger,\\
No we haven't got a stable.\\
We are Christian men and women,\\
Always willing, never able.
* Loretta Lynn's "To Heck with Ole Santa Claus" (1966). Also a good example of CurseCutShort, with "I'd like to hit him in his ho ho ho."
* "7 O'Clock News/Silent Night" (1966) by Music/SimonAndGarfunkel starts fairly straight, as a lovely rendition of the traditional song with the duo's trademark harmonies, but in the middle a CBS newsreader starts giving bulletins about downbeat news stories such as the Vietnam War, which eventually dominates.
* Music/JethroTull:
** "A Christmas Song" (1968) is a bitter rant about how people use the season as an excuse to get merry, whilst forgetting its true meaning.
** "Ring Out, Solstice Bells" (1976) reminds us that the merrymaking long predates Christianity anyhow.
** "Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow" (2003) reminds the listener that not everyone has a warm place to stay or loved ones to keep them company during the holidays.
* "Whatever Happened to Christmas?" (1968), first recorded by Music/FrankSinatra and later covered by Aimee Mann, is technically not an Anti Christmas Song so much as a lament for the death of the singer's own Christmas spirit. In any case, one of the most depressing Yuletide-themed tunes you'll ever hear.
* German singer-songwriter Reinhard Mey has one of these: "Abscheuliches Lied für abscheuliche Leute" (abhorrent song for abhorrent people), released in 1968, deals specifically with the fact that a large part of Christmas sales is made with toy military equipment, ending in these beautiful lines:
-->Im Warenhaus fiel drauf ein Schuss\\
Da ward unschuldig Blut vergossen\\
Da ward laut Aufsichtsrats-Beschluss\\
Der Weihnachtsmann erschossen\\
(A shot was heard in the shopping mall\\
Innocent blood was shed\\
According to a resolution by the board\\
Santa Claus was shot)
* Music/LauraNyro's "Christmas in My Soul" (1970) is a ProtestSong in which the singer juxtaposes holiday imagery with lamentations about war, political injustice, racism, etc., while urging the "young children" to "come to the book of love" and "look for a better day".
* Music/JoniMitchell's "River", from her album ''[[Music/BlueJoniMitchellAlbum Blue]]'' (1971), is the TearJerker version of this: it's Christmas and everyone's happy, except the singer, who had an awful breakup and just wants it all to go away.
* "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" by Music/JohnLennon and Music/YokoOno, from 1971, plays with this a bit; it's not strictly speaking ''Anti'' Christmas since the singer is wishing the listener a sincere Merry Christmas -- however, the song is also nevertheless taking pains to remind them that the world is far from perfect, there's still a lot of war, misery and fear out there, and that the new year is an opportunity to make things better for next Christmas.
** This song is a subject of IsntItIronic in some non-English speaking countries, as it's played during Christmas season in shopping centers, unknowing that the song is rather depressing, the LyricalDissonance doesn't help.
* "The Twelve Drugs of Christmas" by the Mushroom Tabernacle Choir (1972).
* Listen to Creator/DrDemento. He can fill four episodes in a row with these songs.
* Long before he performed Christmas songs with Franchise/TheMuppets, Music/JohnDenver had a tender country ballad called "Please, Daddy, Don't Get Drunk This Christmas" (1973), later covered by Alan Jackson.
* Music/MerleHaggard's "If We Make It Through December" (1973) has a laid-off factory worker explaining to his daughter that "Daddy can't afford no Christmas here".
* "Advent", a 1973 poem by Creator/{{Loriot}}, tells us the grisly tale of a forest warden being murdered by his wife on Christmas Eve.
* John Prine's "Christmas in Prison" (1973) has its narrator spending the holiday pining for his sweetheart while incarcerated in the titular locale.
* Music/GordonLightfoot's "Circle of Steel" (1974) depicts a poor welfare mother whose husband or boyfriend is in prison, and who spends her Christmas sitting alone in a rat-infested tenement, drinking gin and waiting for the authorities to take custody of her newborn child.
* Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer: Greg Lake's "I Believe in Father Christmas" (1974) is a bitter, cynical tune about finding that the pomp and myth of Christmas never lives up to the promise. It shifts back to a (somewhat) hopeful note at the end, though. Something of a BrokenAesop because it's now as much of a Christmas standard in British shopping malls as Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody".
--> I wish you a hopeful Christmas\\
I wish you a brave New Year\\
All anguish, pain and sadness\\
Leave your heart and let your road be clear\\
They said "There'll be snow at Christmas"\\
They said "There'll be peace on Earth"\\
Hallelujah, Noel! Be it Heaven or Hell\\
The Christmas we get, we deserve
* Music/{{Sparks}}'s "Thank God It's Not Christmas" from ''Music/KimonoMyHouse'' (1974) is both this and an AntiLoveSong: It's about a man who dreads Christmas because everything in town closes for the holidays, leaving him with no choice but to spend all day with his wife.
* Music/TheKinks' "Father Christmas" (1977) is about a gang of bitter poor children who mug a guy playing Santa, demanding not toys but money ("Give all the toys to the little rich boys").
-->But give my daddy a job cause he needs one\\
He's got lots of mouths to feed
* There's Music/PDQBach's "Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John" (1977), which is more satirical than anything, and involves an infamously drunk relative who always manages to ruin Christmas dinner.
* Music/ColdChisel's "Home and Broken-Hearted" (1978) has its narrator racing to get home for Christmas Eve, only to find a DearJohnLetter and spend the rest of the holidays in a miserable funk.
-->I caught a taxi homeward with great anticipation\\
Thinkin' all you have to do is try\\
There was a note propped up against the dressing table mirror\\
Dear Jimmy, it's over, goodbye
* Music/StanRogers:
** "First Christmas" (1978) depicts the holiday from the perspective of three different people, each of whom is spending his "first Christmas away from home": a college student working through his winter break, a teenager who's run away from her abusive father, and an old man in a nursing home. Not an ''anti''-Christmas song, per se, but a damned depressing one anyhow.
--->She's standing by the train station, panhandling for change\\
Four more dollars buys a decent meal and a room\\
Looks like the Sally Ann place after all\\
In a crowded sleeping hall that echoes like a tomb\\
But it's warm and clean and free and there are worse places to be\\
And at least it means no beating from her Dad...
** More humorously, there's his "At Last I'm Ready for Christmas" (1982), about the last minute rush. "At last I'm ready for Christmas / and only two hours to go."
* "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis" (1978) from ''Music/BlueValentine'' by Music/TomWaits.
* "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (1979) by Elmo and Patsy originally was intended as this, but nowadays it is increasingly accepted as a standard, if humorous, Christmas song. It even has spawned [[WesternAnimation/GrandmaGotRunOverByAReindeer an animated Christmas special]]. It was then adapted into "Grandpa Got Run Over By A Beer Truck" by Music/DaYoopers.
** The sequel, "Grandpa is gonna sue the pants off the Santa", is the aftermath involving a court case.
** "Don't make me play that reindeer song again" is inspired by the story of a radio DJ who got fired by playing the song five times in a row.
* Dan Fogelberg's "Same Old Lang Syne" (1980) has the singer running into an old girlfriend at the grocery store on Christmas Eve. They share a few beers in her car while going over old times, and it becomes clear that both of them have regrets about the way things have turned out (she's married to a man she doesn't really love; he's experiencing the lonely life of a traveling musician), and then it's time for them to say their goodbyes:
-->The beer was empty and our tongues were tired\\
And running out of things to say\\
She gave a kiss to me as I got out\\
And I watched her drive away\\
Just for a moment I was back at school\\
And felt that old familiar pain\\
And as I turned to make my way back home\\
[[CueTheRain The snow turned into rain]]
* ''The Yobs Christmas Album'' (1980) is an entire album of these by British punk band The Boys.
* "Christmas Wrapping" (1981) by The Waitresses, though the humbug attitude turns around a little by the end. The singer does say "Bah, humbug" is too strong because Christmas ''is'' her favorite holiday. She's just wiped out from the year and wants a quiet Christmas by herself.
** A cover version by '90s ska-punk band Save Ferris changes the lyrics to reflect the perspective of a Jewish person in L.A. during the holidays.
* The last song on Fear's ''The Record'' (1982) is titled "Fuck Christmas", with good reason.
* "A Good Man Is Hard to Find (Pittsburgh)" (1982) by Music/BruceSpringsteen describes a young woman sitting by a lighted Christmas tree thinking about her husband, who was killed in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, and their little girl, who "she's gonna have to tell about the meanness in this world."
* Music/PeterSchilling did a really depressing version of "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" in 1983.
* Music/RandyNewman's "Christmas in Cape Town" (1983) is sung from the viewpoint of a bitter Afrikaner racist in UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica during UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra.
* Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (1984) is frighteningly depressing. Note that the song was written for a fundraiser to buy food for the people in that 'world of dread and fear' (A section of Africa suffering severe drought) that Christmas. The real tragedy lies in the fact that they forgot to organize a distribution network in Africa to deliver the food, so most of it ended up spoiling on the docks.
-->There's a world outside your window\\
And it's a world of dread and fear\\
Where the only water flowing\\
Is the bitter sting of tears\\
[[{{Mordor}} Where nothing ever grows]]\\
No rain or winter snow\\
[[TitleDrop Do they know it's Christmastime at all?]]
** There's also an updated 2014 version about the ''Ebola virus.''
* Music/SpinalTap's "Christmas with the Devil" (1984) is quite the charming ditty:
-->The elves are dressed in leather\\
And the angels are in chains\\
(Christmas with the Devil)\\
The sugar plums are rancid\\
And the stockings are in flames\\
(Christmas with the Devil)\\
There's a demon in my belly\\
And a gremlin in my brain\\
There's someone up the chimney hole\\
And Satan is his name
* Music/{{Prince}}'s "Another Lonely Christmas" (1984), about a lover who died on Christmas Day. Extra depressing because the death is kind of a WhamLine - up until halfway through the second verse, it sounds more like the subject of the song just left him and moved away.
* The Dogmatics' "X-Mas Time (It Sure Don't Feel Like It)" (1984), a song about being broke (and most likely homeless [[note]]the lyrics mention "Standing outside the Pine Street", referring to Pine Street Inn, a well-known Boston homeless shelter[[/note]]) on Christmas.
* Brazilian band Garotos Podres has the song "Papai Noel Filho da Puta" ("Santa Claus, Son of a Bitch") (1985).
* Music/KingDiamond's "No Presents for Christmas" (1985). Christmas needs to be saved, and no-one cares.
* Dutch comedian Youp van 't Hek had a song called "Flappie" (1985), about a young boy who loses his pet rabbit, but eventually finds it back at the Christmas dinner table.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic has a couple of these.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t039p6xqutU Christmas at Ground Zero]]" (1986) is a Christmas carol about nuclear apocalypse. According to Doctor Demento, Weird Al wrote it when his record label [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor pushed him to do a Christmas song]]. He no longer sings it [[TooSoon out of respect for 9/11]].
--> It's [[TitleDrop Christmas at Ground Zero]], the missiles are on their way.\\
What a crazy fluke, we're gonna get nuked on this jolly holiday!
** "The Night Santa Went Crazy" (1994), is a bit less ''Anti''-Christmas and more of a goofy, if dark, parody of Santa himself. Santa Claus loses his mind and [[GoingPostal goes on a murderous rampage]] through the North Pole, killing most of the elves and reindeer. The album version has Santa arrested and locked up for seven centuries. The "Extra Gory" version, released as a single much later, has Santa killed by a sniper, and with Christmas gone for good.
* [=Fishbone=]'s "Just Call Me Scrooge" (1986).
* Sherwin Linton's "Santa Got a DWI" (1986).
* Woofing Cookies' "Santa Ain't Santa" (1986) has a kid waking up for Christmas to find out that his parents had been hacked to death and all the stuff had been stolen.
* Music/DaYoopers' "Rusty Chevrolet" (1987) (a spoof of "Jingle Bells"). They followed with several on ''One Can Short of a Six-Pack'' in 1994, and an entire Christmas album titled ''Naked Elves in Cowboy Boots'' (2000). The latter included "I Want a Rinky Dinky Doo Dad for Christmas", about a kid wanting a CoolToy.
* Music/ThePogues' "Fairytale of New York" (1987) sort of combines this with TheMasochismTango: He's a bum and an alcoholic, she's a heroin addict, and he ends the song declaring he can't survive without her. "I pray God it's our last", indeed. In RealLife, lot of people are ''miserable'' around Christmastime; the song throws a bone their way, so it probably comforts some people to know they aren't alone in their misery.
** Subverted in that, beneath all the fighting and misery, they still love each other and hope for a better life together. It's not a ''happy'' Christmas song--but it's all the more sincere because of it.
* Music/WallOfVoodoo's "Shouldn't Have Given Him a Gun for Christmas" (1987). The narrator's father receives the present mentioned in the title, gets into a drunken argument with "Uncle Jack", and quickly goes AxeCrazy:
--> He put two slugs in the neighbor’s door\\
And kicked apart the manger scene\\
The plastic Baby Jesus he blew to smithereens\\
I can’t think of all the nine year olds who won’t be seein’ ten\\
Or how he went-a caroling to the doors of now-dead men!
* Music/TheyMightBeGiants' song "Santa's Beard" (1988) is basically "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"...from Daddy's (unamused) perspective.
** There's also the unreleased 1987 single "We Just Go Nuts at Christmastime", all about trying (and failing) to avoid arguing with relatives.
** There's also "Careless Santa" (1995) by Mono Puff, John Flansburgh's side project, concerning a bank robbery gone awry because of an idiot partner dressed as Santa.
** Finally, there's "Feast of Lights" (1999), best described as "We Just Go Nuts At Christmastime" for Jewish people.
*** The aforementioned song should not be confused with "I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas" (1949) by Yorgi Yorgensson, another song about arguing relatives, this one with a Swedish accent.
* Music/BobRivers and [[http://www.bobrivers.com/#v0c7 his comedy group]] are arguably the masters of Christmas parody songs with their series of at least five ''Twisted Christmas'' albums from 1988 on, including such memorable titles as "The Twelve Pains of Christmas", "Wreck the Malls", "The Chimney Song", "Hey! You! Get Off of My House", and "Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire".
* The Creator/HPLovecraftHistoricalSociety created a songbook in 1988 and recorded the albums ''Music/AVeryScarySolstice'' and ''An Even Scarier Solstice'', which contain Franchise/CthulhuMythos-themed Christmas songs, including such classics as "I Saw Mommy Kissing Yog-Sothoth", "Awake Ye Scary Great Old Ones", "Have Yourself a Scary Little Solstice", and "The Carol of the Old Ones".
* There's a 1989 compilation of anti-Christmas songs, ''Bummed Out Christmas'', featuring songs ranging from goofy novelties to serious songs (The Staple Singers' "Who Took the Merry Out of Christmas"), plus ''two'' songs about spending Christmas behind bars, and another serious contender for most depressing Christmas song ever, Music/TheEverlyBrothers' "Christmas Eve Can Kill You."
* Randy Stonehill has "Christmas at Denny's" (1989): "Then Lisa got killed by a car near the schoolyard, And my wife started drinking just to get through each day...Merry Christmas. It's Christmas at Denny's tonight." Oy.
* Music/TheRamones' "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)" (1989).
* Heywood Banks's "You Ain't Gettin' Diddly Squat" (1989).
* Humorist folk group The Fourmen (which humorist folk singer Music/RoyZimmerman used to belong to) had a song called "Buy War Toys for Christmas" (1990) which is about the dark irony of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin all the children wanting militaristic toys for Christmas]]
--> Little Johnny Johnson wants an M-16\\
Sister Susie wants an Uzi and a submachine\\
Kids are making wishes and wartime strategies\\
Singing, "Happy, happy birthday to the Prince of Peace"
* Music/{{ACDC}}'s "Mistress for Christmas" (1990). ("I want the woman in red at the bottom of my bed!")
* Music/EricBogle's "Santa Bloody Claus" (1990) (lyrics in pdf form [[http://www.ericbogle.net/lyrics/lyricspdf/santabloodyclaus2.pdf here]]). The accusation is a bit unfair beyond the second chorus though.
* Music/JacksonBrowne's "The Rebel Jesus" (1991):
-->Perhaps we give a little to the poor\\
If the generosity should seize us\\
But if any one of us should interfere\\
In the business of why they are poor\\
They get the same as the rebel Jesus
* "The St. Stephen's Day Murders" (1991), by the Chieftains with vocals and lyrical input from Music/ElvisCostello. How do they handle the Christmas swarm of annoying relatives? [[spoiler:Poison their food!]]
-->Ah, it's nice for the kids\\
As you finally get rid of them,\\
In the St Stephen's Day Murders.
* Creator/DenisLeary gave us "Merry Fucking Christmas" (1992), named after the comedy special of the same name. It's a sarcastic ballad about how wonderful Christmas is despite how bleak and dreary society around it is. It ends with Denis himself punching out Santa.
-->Old Saint Nick's got bourbon breath\\
It's so cold, you could catch your death\\
A cop sold me some crystal meth, it's a Merry Fucking Christmas\\
Everything's so Christmassy\\
The streets are twinkling with frozen pee\\
My priest just sat on Santa's knee, it's a Merry Fucking Christmas
* Porn Orchard's "This Holiday Season" (1992), which is an anti-Christmas song InTheStyleOf Music/TomWaits collaborating with Peter Murphy of Music/{{Bauhaus}}, and accordingly often gets [[MisattributedSong misattributed as exactly that]].
* Music/EazyE's "Merry Muthafuckin' Xmas" (1992) contains a story (Christmas In Compton) about a [[BlackComedy Christmas-day drive-by shooting]] (with Eazy E, [[RuleOfFunny dressed up as Santa Claus]], screaming "MERRY CHRISTMAS, MOTHERFUCKERS!")...and it devolves into a [[RefugeInAudacity menagerie of profanity, drug use, violence, and explicit sexual acts]], [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments some to the tune of]] [[LyricalDissonance Christmas classics such as "Jingle Bells", "Deck The Halls", "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus", and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas"]]. Here's the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwvqwtV1bpg song]], and here are the [[http://genius.com/1314757 lyrics]]
* Ren Hoek sings a song with the title "I Hate Christmas" on the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Ren & Stimpy]]'' Christmas album (1993).
* "Suddenly It's Christmas" (1993), by Loudon Wainwright III, is a well-aimed TakeThat to the modern retail-led push to [[ChristmasCreep rush into the Christmas season immediately after Halloween]].
-->There's got to be a build-up\\
To the day that Christ was born\\
The halls are decked with pumpkins\\
And the ears of Indian corn\\
Dragging through the falling leaves\\
In a one-horse open sleigh\\
Suddenly it's Christmas\\
Seven weeks before the day
* ''Have Yourself a Scary Little Christmas'' (1994) is a whole album of these, credited to the Cryptkeeper of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' fame.
* "Merry Christmas from the Family" (1994) by Robert Earl Keen (CoveredUp by Music/MontgomeryGentry) is a humorous look at events during a dysfunctional redneck family's Christmas.
* The original version of Music/OutKast's "Player's Ball" (1994) has the titular gathering of pimps taking place on Christmas Day.
--> Ain't no chimneys in the ghetto so I won't be hangin' my socks...
* "Christmas is for Mugs" (1994), by Graham Parker.
--> Everybody's talkin' about the kisses and the hugs\\
And all the little heartstrings that the festive season tugs\\
But all I see are lager louts, shoplifters and thugs\\
So fill mine up, 'cause Christmas is for mugs
* Creator/AdamSandler's "Chanukkah Song" (1994) and its sequels, which spawned a full-length animated motion picture, ''WesternAnimation/EightCrazyNights''.
* Creator/JeffFoxworthy's "Redneck 12 Days of Christmas" (1995).
* Creator/SarahSilverman's "Give the Jew Girl Toys" (1995).
* ''Oi To The World!'' (1996) by obscure punk band The Vandals is a full 12-track album of these, including such ditties as "A Gun for Christmas" and "Hang Myself from the Tree". The title song, on the other hand (later covered by Music/NoDoubt) is about a punk and a skinhead who manage to put aside their differences (read: "violent feud") 'cause it's Christmas.
* Kevin Bloody Wilson's "Hey Santa!" (1996):
-->Hey Santa! (Hey Santa!)\\
Where's me fucking bike?\\
I've unwrapped all this other junk\\
And there's nothin' that I like.\\
I wrote you a fucking letter,\\
I came to see you twice,\\
You worn out geriatric fart!\\
You forgot me fucking bike!
** Just to hammer it home, that's the ''clean'' version. The opening line of the uncensored version is the uncompromising "Hey Santa Claus you C**t".
** Wilson's anti-Christmas spirit shines through again with "Ho Ho Fucking Ho" (2003), proving no one hates Christmas as much as Santa's helpers:
--->Ho ho fucking ho\\
What a crock of shit\\
We all work for Santa Claus\\
We've had enough, we quit\\
'Cos we do all the fucking work\\
While he stars in the show\\
Stick your Christmas up your arse\\
Ho ho fucking ho!
* Music/TypeONegative's "Red Water (Christmas Mourning)" (1996), which may just be the single most depressing Christmas song ever.
* Flying Tart Records' 1996 compilation ''Christmas in Heaven'' features a surprising number of these. Steve Hindalong and Chris Colbert mock the holiday's excessive consumption in "Tis the Season of Excess". ("Daddy doesn't need to have another piece of pie.") Backwoods' song "Christmas Wishes" wonders what the point of the holiday is and can't find any--it ends with the repeated line "Christmas means nothing to me!" And other bands do cover versions of aforementioned anti-Christmas songs: The Huntingtons cover the Ramones' "Merry Christmas, I Don't Wanna Fight", Love Bucket & Slapphappy Super-Fly cover Music/MilesDavis' "Blue Xmas (to Whom It May Concern)", and The Echoing Green cover Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas". (And The Echoing Green's version is an upbeat techno song, for maximum LyricalDissonance.)
* Music/TheArrogantWorms' ''Christmas Turkey'' (1997) is an entire album of comedic Anti Christmas Songs, including such gems as "Christmas Sucks" and "Dad Threw Up on Christmas Day".
* Music/GuniwTools's "Fat December" (1997)
* The Music/InsaneClownPosse have two: "Santa's a Fat Bitch" (1997) and "Red Christmas" (1994) (in the latter, one rapper is killed by Santa while attempting a home invasion and the other is [[TakingYouWithMe killed by a snowman who wants them to die together]] in separate verses).
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark's'' 1997 Christmas special features "Christmastime in Hell" and "A Lonely Jew (On Christmas)"; in 1999, "Merry Fucking Christmas" (a rant that says that anyone who doesn't celebrate it is an infidel...)
* "I Won't Be Home for Christmas" (1997) by Music/{{Blink 182}}. It's about a guy who hates Christmas going AxCrazy on some carolers, who then gets arrested and {{Prison Rape}}d by a guy named Bubba.
** And "Happy Holidays, You Bastard" (2001).
* Brian Beathard's country and western-flavored "Damn It, I'm Vixen!" (1997), in which the titular reindeer finally gets fed up with all the press Rudolph's been getting the last few years at the expense of the other members of Santa's team:
-->Well, since then he's been acting kinda of snotty\\
And what you might call a little stuck up.\\
So I think Donner and me, we're gonna drink two or three\\
And then go out and shoot us a buck.
* Most of the content on Ray Stevens ''Christmas Through a Different Window'' album (1997), such as "I Won't Be Home for Christmas" and "Xerox Xmas Letter".
* Creator/JoePesci's "If It Doesn't Snow on Christmas" (1998) takes a cheery old Gene Autry song and adapts it into his [[ClusterFBomb characteristically profane style]] (in character as [[Film/MyCousinVinny Vincent [=LaGuardia=] Gambini]]), complete with an ending tirade against the "fuckin' reform-school brats" who "stole all the fuckin' candy canes".
* "Weihnachtsmann vom Dach" (1998) by Die Toten Hosen...where Santa has hung himself and left a message wishing everybody a merry Christmas.
* Roy Zimmerman's "Christmas Is Pain" (1998) is a hilariously over-the-top Anti-Christmas Song in the style of Music/BobDylan, complete with terrible harmonica solos. The whole ''[=PeaceNick=]'' album fits the trope to some degree, but "Christmas Is Pain" is tropiest.
* Rhan Wilson's version of "Deck the Halls" (1998) has a woman singer who's not quite able to sing all the first verse, sings the second verse off key, and barely makes it through the third verse. The bawling baby in the interlude sort of hints towards postpartum depression, but I've always wondered if you removed the baby and had HER lose it during the bridge....
* Straight No Chaser, an a cappella group, gained a strong internet following (and a record contract) in 1998 after releasing a funny, disjointed version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" where they lose count of the days, wind up singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", "Carol of the Bells" and "Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel" before singing the final verse to the tune of "Africa" by Toto! They followed it up in 2009 with "Christmas Can-Can", which is nearly an entire song lampshading the ChristmasCreep phenomenon, and "Who Spiked the Eggnog?", which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Their most recent medley, "Nutcraker", is about a football fan who is forced by his wife to take her to see the ''The Nutcracker'' on the day of the big game - sung to the tune of various songs from that traditional ballet.
* The [=LAUNCHCast=] radio station on Yahoo! calls them Scrooge Songs if they're particularly anti-Christmas.
* Lou and Peter Berryman's "Uncle Dave's Grace" (1999) is an Anti-''{{Thanksgiving}}'' Song, in which the titular uncle ("who reads ''The Progressive'', which makes him depressed") is asked to say grace at dinner and uses the occasion to declaim on all the ways in which the holiday is a product of exploitation and ecological devastation.
* Mitch Benn's "Christmas Single" (1999) is a parody of, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Christmas singles]]:
-->Now I shift into a minor key,\\
As we remember those less fortunate than we.\\
At this time of year one thing you must not forget,\\
Is why you haven't bought this record yet.
** "We Pretty Much Broke the Bank for You This Christmas" is about the horrible realization when the bills arrive.
--->Someone is coming tonight without fail, if,\\
We're lucky it's Santa, if not it's the baliffs.\\
We pretty much broke the bank for you,\\
(We don't expect a word of thanks from you),\\
We pretty much broke the bank for you this Christmas.
** "Thank God It Isn't Christmas Every Day" (2008) isn't exactly anti-Christmas, but seriously deconstructs Wizzard.
--->Would it be fun, no not very.\\
Nobody could stay that merry.\\
We'd all be dead by February.\\
Thank God it isn't Christmas every day.
* Canadian folk singer James Gordon sings "There Is No Silent Night" (2000). "''How can you rest, you merry gentlemen? How can you not be dismayed, by the number of poor souls who are so cold on Christmas Day?''" In an interview, he states that he has never before or since had such an immediate and varied response to any of his songs.
* Music/{{Weezer}}'s "Christmas Celebration" (2000), which is largely about bemoaning the commercialism of Christmas ("Carolers are singing/ registers ka-ching-ing"). Its A-side "The Christmas Song" is really just a BreakupSong that happens to take place at Christmas.
* In "Stanta" (a parody of Music/{{Eminem}}'s "Stan") by Chris Moyles (2000), the narrator calls out Santa Claus for never leaving him Christmas presents, and threatens to convert to Judaism.
* Ben Folds's song "Lonely Christmas Eve" (2000) describes Christmas from the point of view of ''[[Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas the Grinch]]''. And his "Bizarre Christmas Incident" is about a naked Santa getting stuck in the chimney and suffocating (and the most prominent line in the chorus is "Santa is a big fat fuck", which is probably why it has a NonAppearingTitle).
* Matt Thiessen & The Earthquakes (a side project by the frontman of Music/RelientK) recorded "I Hate Christmas Parties" for Tooth & Nail Records' 2001 compilation ''Happy Christmas Vol. 3.'' The singer of the song just went through a messy breakup so he can't stand the merrymaking of everyone around him. "I look under the tree, / but there's nothing to see, / 'cause it's a broken heart that you've given me."
** Relient K also have a (much more humorous) song called "Santa Claus Is Thumbing to Town", in which the toy shop is burning, the sleigh has broken down, and Santa resorts to hitch hiking to deliver they toys, and it's implied he doesn't get the job done.
* Symphonic metal band Music/WithinTemptation gives us "Gothic Christmas" (2002), additionally serving as an affectionate parody of European metal's self-consciously dark image:
-->Rudolph, he will change his name\\
'Cause Rudolph just sounds really lame\\
Now we'll call him Ragnagord\\
The Evil Reindeer Overlord.
* "Santa's Gonna Kick Your Ass'' (2002) by the Arrogant Worms.
** Another one of theirs is "Christmas is Here" — which starts with strained smiles on all the relations, until a drunk one admits his wife has been cheating on him. It ends with an implied massacre of the whole family.
* Voltaire's "Coming Out for Christmas" (2002).
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LEWGMl9Prw Ex-Miss]]" (2003), by Music/NewFoundGlory, decrying the overrated sappiness of the yuletide and the fact that the singer's girlfriend left him.
-->This holiday\\
Is overrated\\
It turns out\\
The way i expected\\
This holiday\\
Is one to forget\\
Another year\\
This time I'll regret\\
I spent too much time and money on you.
* "Yule Shoot Your Eye Out" (2003) by Music/FallOutBoy
-->Don't come home for Christmas
-->You're the last thing I wanna see
-->Underneath the tree
-->Merry Christmas, I could care less
* Music/BarenakedLadies:
** "Elf's Lament" (2004). Not as nasty as some of these, but it focuses on the plight of Santa's elves as they try to unionize in order to improve their working conditions.
** From the same Christmas album, "Green Christmas"...which, appropriately enough, was originally written by them for the Jim Carrey version of ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas''.
** "Snowman" is from the point of view of...well, a snowman, who watches people walk by him and is unable to do anything except slowly melt.
--> Button eyes, lullabies
--> I melt away
--> Criticize, compromise
--> White turns to grey
--> I'm paralyzed, otherwise
--> I'd leave today...
* According to Frickin' A's song "Merry, Merry, Merry Frickin' Christmas" (2004), the only good things about Christmas is no school, getting to make out with sister-in-law and getting crappy gifts that can always be exchanged at Wal-Mart.
* "Christmas Is Canceled" (2004) by The Long Blondes.
* "What is Christmas", by Music/TransSiberianOrchestra on their album ''The Lost Christmas Eve'' (2004), is a VillainSong from the point of view of the album's Scrooge-like antagonist.
* Creator/JohnWaters's Christmas album (2004) has a bunch of these. Some, like "Here Comes Fatty Claus," are intended that way (it bills itself specifically as a song for people who suffer during the holidays due to "ruptured bank accounts"), others weren't originally meant to be Anti-Christmas Songs but serve the role for Waters's usual {{Camp}}-savvy audience (like the overly-earnest religious song "Happy Birthday Jesus").
* "Seasonal Depression" (2005), the first Christmas song from [[Literature/HarryPotter Wizard Rock]] band The Whomping Willows, is a really sad tune about how the aforementioned tree is all alone on Christmas.
-->It's Christmas again, and I'm here alone\\
Covered with snow, chilled to the bone\\
My branches are bare, my roots have gone dry\\
My only companions are the clouds in the sky...\\
If Christmas brings love and peace in your minds,\\
Then how could Christmas leave this poor tree behind?
* "Fuck Christmas" (2006) by [[Creator/MontyPython Eric Idle]]. Among the recipients of said action are [[ClusterFBomb holly, ivy, and Santa's reindeer (including Rudolph)]].
* Music/SufjanStevens has:
** "That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!" (2006), which is based loosely on Sufjan's own childhood: the stress of the holidays would cause his parents to argue, and these arguments would generally end with mom grabbing a present at random from under the tree and throwing it into the fire. The song ends with the repeated lyrics "Silent night / nothing feels right."
** His song "Did I Make You Cry On Christmas? (Well You Deserved It!)" (2005) is, in spite of its goofy title, an even more somber tune.
** "Sister Winter" (2006) could be a subversion. The lyrics of the song seem to be about seasonal depression, and the song starts off suitably somber, but then the song [[BoleroEffect goes all Bolero]] and manages to end on a somewhat hopeful note.
* "Christmas in Lancashire" (2006) by The Lancashire Hotpots:
-->It's Christmas again, digibox is up t'spout\\
I had fifty channels but now I've got nowt\\
No Creator/{{ITV}} 4 or [=PriceDrop=] TV\\
It's reruns of ''Sinbad'' and t'Queen's Speech for thee\\
I can't even [=BitTorrent=] ''Creator/MorecambeAndWise''\\
Cause me 8 meg broadband is bust I'm cut down to size\\
No credit on t'mobile so I can't send a text\\
This technology at Christmas oh it does get me vexed
** Another song, "The Trafford Centre" described the stress of last-minute shopping (owing to the presents ordered from Amazon not being delivered on time).
-->It's Christmas Eve and I'm sat here, but I'm not 'aving fun\\
I've bought presents off Amazon, but none of them's come\\
I've got three hours till t'shops shut, so I can't travel far\\
Then in a flash, it hits me, Ill go t'Trafford Centre
* Music/JonathanCoulton's "Chiron Beta Prime" (2006) — possibly the only Christmas song about killer robots. Its also interesting in that the only thing cynical or non-Christmasy about it is the setting.
-->Merry Christmas, from Chiron Beta Prime\\
Where we're working in a mine for our robot overlords\\
Did I say "Overlords"? I meant protectors\\
Merry Christmas From Chiron Beta Prime.
** "Christmas Is Interesting" (2003) is another, much darker Coulton Christmas song.
* Music/TheKillers have "Don't Shoot Me Santa" (2007), wherein Old St. Nick is a serial killer who lives in a trailer in the Mojave desert and plans to kill Brandon Flowers for being naughty.
** It now has a sequel song, 2012's "I Feel It In My Bones", about Brandon's unsuccessfully trying to reason with Santa.
* "Killing Myself for Christmas" (2007), by Sick Puppies. It was intended to be a dark yet funny and humorous song about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin killing oneself for the holiday season]] out of sheer spite for everything and everyone.
-->'Cause we feel like killing our selves for Christmas\\
We never got along real well with our moms or dads\\
Yeah, We feel like killing our selves for Christmas\\
It’ll be the best, the best, the best, the best, the best, the best Christmas day we ever had!\\
Bum bum bu bum ''[[AtomicFBomb GO FUCKIN' DIE]]!!!''\\
''(But I don’t wanna die this year, that was last year..)''
* Music/{{Tripod}} regularly does Christmas shows with a range of semi-anti-Christmas comedy songs, including "I Hate Your Family", "The Homophobic Christmas Tree", "I Was the Only Shepherd" (about the only shepherd that saw the angel and stayed with his flock rather than go see the baby Jesus), and "Fabian" (about a bastard reindeer).
** "Santa Won't Be Welcome Here" takes then-Prime Minister of UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} John Howard's policies on border security to their logical conclusion.
** Tripod's Christmas album titled ''For the Love of God'' (2008) consists mostly (but not entirely) of anti-Christmas songs.
* "The Anti-Christmas Carol" (2008) by Music/JossStone.
* "Slower Than Christmas" (2008), by Billy Bob Thornton's neo-rockabilly group the Boxmasters, is all about how the singer hates Christmas because it forces him to spend time with a dysfunctional family he can't stand to be around.
* The Schoolyard Heroes song "I Want Your Soul for Christmas" (2008) has a tune quite fitting for a Christmas song, but the lyrics... not so much.
-->Sleigh bells ringing,\\
Choirs singing,\\
You'll be screaming
* On ''Series/TheColbertReport's [[ChristmasSpecial A Colbert Christmas]]'' (2008), Toby Keith sings a song about how the all-American holiday of Christmas is under attack by [[HollywoodAtheist atheists]] and [[StrawmanPolitical activist judges]], and real Americans are fighting back, prepared to wreak violent retribution on anti-Christmas forces. The result is an [[RefugeInAudacity over-the-top]] mixture of holiday cheer with PatrioticFervor and plenty of StuffBlowingUp.
** There's also {{Feist}}'s song in the same special, based on "Angels We Have Heard on High," which she sings in the style of a busy customer service call center responding to Stephen's prayer.
--->Pleeee-e-e-e-e-eeee-e-e-e-e-eeeee-e-ease be patient.\\
An angel will be with thee shortly.
* "Christmas in America" (2008) by Melissa Etheridge. The narrator can't get into the holiday spirit because her partner is away fighting in a war and she just wishes they could be safe at home:
-->What happened to the peace on Earth?\\
All that goodwill toward men?\\
Oh, come on, all ye faithful\\
It's time to think again ...
* "It's Christmas and I Hate You" (2008) by Paloma Faith and Josh Weller is sung from the point of view of a couple who, well, hate each other. Complete with the chorus:
-->So Merry Christmas, babe\\
I think I hate you\\
A little bit more than last year!
* Music/TimMinchin's "White Wine in the Sun" (2008) is an [[PlayingWithATrope interesting example]] - the first couple of verses are basically a list of reasons why it's understandable not to like Christmas (dislike of religion, dislike of commercialization), while the chorus is [[{{Reconstruction}} why Tim likes the holiday anyway.]]
* Jay Brannan's "Christmas Really Sucks" (2009) and "Dear Santa" (2011).
* French examples by ''AudioPlay/LeDonjonDeNaheulbeuk'''s creator, John Lang. "Noël en Mordor (Christmas in Mordor)" (2009) is set in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' universe, and ends with: "Santa Claus captured by trolls, and dark era begins." "Le retour de Gzor (Gzor's return)" (2010) is about a bad god named Gzor, a Franchise/{{Cthulhu|Mythos}} expy. "Gzor will come back, Gzor will be your master..." to the [[SoundtrackDissonance "Oh Holy Night" tune.]]
* "It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas" (2009) by the Music/PetShopBoys is like this in the verses ("Christmas is not all it's cracked up to be/Family fighting around a plastic tree") before the chorus adds that "I'll still have a glow at Christmas/Because I'll be with you".
* Sting's "If on a Winter's Night..." is an anti-Christmas ''album'', in the sense that it emphasizes winter rather than Christmas.
* "Snowman" (2010) by TV's Kyle, which is about how despite being associated with jollity, a snowman actually has a short, futile existence:
-->I am a snowman and I wish that you never made me\\
I'm filthy and ugly and I'm wearing all your old clothes\\
I'm only around for a day or two, that's if I'm lucky\\
Some pants or a jacket are out of my league, I suppose.
* Music/{{Coldplay}}'s "Christmas Lights" (2010): The speaker breaks up with his girlfriend after they have a huge fight on Christmas Eve, and he spends the night depressed, unable to join in with the joyful revelers on the streets. But it still manages to end on an upbeat note, as the sight of the Christmas lights lifts his spirits and gives him hope that he'll be able to move on.
* "XM@$" (2010) by [[Music/{{Slipknot}} Corey Taylor]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od7GUy9XS7c has to be heard to be believed]].
** a few lyrics are "If I ain't drunk it ain't Christmas", "Eggnog makes me vomit", and "leave the goddamn scrooge the f**k alone". "MERRY F**KING CHRISTMAS"
* "The Way-Too-Early Christmas Song" (2010) by Music/PaulAndStorm. This one riffs on how [[ChristmasCreep the Christmas and winter holiday decorations tend to go up in stores shortly after Halloween]]. The incessant (and premature) Christmas cheer does not agree with the protagonist, who eventually snaps at a mall Santa. And from the same album, there's "Grandma's Christmas Dinner", a deceptively cheerful little ditty about how Grandma, in her senility, [[spoiler: serves up the family cocker spaniel as the main course.]]
* "Christmas" (2010) by Music/{{Jesu}} is one of the most ''musically'' heavy Christmas songs ever: a [[DoomMetal post-metal]] dirge about the futility of Christmas cheer in a CrapsackWorld. While the lyrics are bleak enough, they take a backseat to the [[EpicRocking eight minutes]] of oppressive, glacier-like guitars. The EP's {{Shoegazing}}/DreamPop remixes are more "listenable", but no less depressing.
-->Are the sleigh bells ringing in your ear?\\
And will expectations bring in your happy new year?\\
And after these days will it all just return?\\
That Christmas is lost on us and we will never learn?
* "The Season's Upon Us" by Music/DropkickMurphys (2012). Starts off as a celebration of the holidays before barreling into the various fucked-up relatives the lead singer has to deal with over the holidays.
* "Zombie Christmas" (2012) by Emmy the Great, with lyrics like the ones below to a joyful Christmas tune with bells:
-->They don't feel the cold when it's 50 below\\
See them sucking brains out in the snow\\
Don't get caught beneath the mistletoe\\
It's a zombie Christmas!
* Kyle Dunnigan's "Fuck You, Mistletoe" (2013) is a quasi-country ditty chronicling an instance of mistletoe-enforced HoYay between two best friends as their families celebrate Christmas together.
* There have been multiple songs written about the Christmas Truce during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Some of them focus on how the spirit of Christmas called the war off for one day, making them fit more into the traditional mold, but others have a verse at the end pointing out that the next day the war resumed and the men in the trenches had to kill many of the people they were singing and celebrating with the day before. "Christmas 1915", popularized by Music/CelticThunder, is one example:
-->And in the morn, the guns boomed in the rain,
-->And we killed them and they killed us again,
-->At night they charged, we fought them hand to hand,
-->And I killed the boy who sang in No Man's Land.
* Music/CledusTJudd recorded several on his 2002 album ''Cledus Navidad'', including such gems as "Stephon the Alternative Lifestyle Reindeer", "Only 364 More Shopping Days 'til Christmas", "Tree's on Fire" (parody of "Ring of Fire" by Music/JohnnyCash), and "Merry Christmas from the Whole Fam Damily".
* Culturcide's "Depressed Christmas" is essentially a suicide note recited over a static-filled, elevator music version of "White Christmas." Bonus points for the singer's monotone, mumbling voice and the eerie way the lyrics just..trail off towards the end.
-->I'm having a depressed Christmas
-->Just like the one I had last year
-->snow glistens
-->As I sit and listen
-->To the last Christmas song I'll ever hear
* German Band SaltatioMortis has the song "Willkommen in der Weihnachtszeit" (Welcome to Christmas time) which is about supermarkets having christmas-themed articles as of August every year.
* "Carry Me Home" by Hey Rosetta! The narrator wishes he could spend Christmas with his family, but he's on the run because of some unspecified criminal activities, and he's broke to the point of barely being able to eat, so he's stuck in a cheap hotel instead.
* Gordon Lightfoot's "Song For A Winter's Night" isn't a Christmas song per se, but artists like Blue Rodeo and Sarah [=McLachlan=] have covered it on Christmas albums, even though the song is about missing a lost loved one on a dark and cold winter night and has no festive aspects whatsoever.
* "Year End Letter" and "Present Face" by Music/GarfunkelAndOates aren't as dark as many of the other examples, but they do deal with some annoying aspects of the holiday; namely, family Christmas letters that are a "monotonous rambling piece of drivel" and getting a present you hate but having to pretend you like it because you don't want to be rude.
* Dark Sarah's "A Grim Christmas Story" starts out sounding like a love song written for a rather grim orchestration of "The Twelve Days of Christmas". Then on the second day of Christmas, the singer's husband lies to her, so she kills him and dumps the body in the sea. Then on every day afterwards she kills someone else, [[CrimeAfterCrime usually because they're asking about someone she killed in a previous verse]], until the seventh day, when she poisons some policemen who had realized that she was the common thread in all the disappearances that had been going on, then fleeing the area, leaving eight dead bodies in her wake.
* {{Downplayed|Trope}} with Music/DanBull's "Non-Christmas Song"; while the criticism is still present, it mainly lists births, deaths, and events unrelated to Christmas that occurred in December 25.
* Creator/TomSmith wrote a version of "Oh Christmas Tree" entitled "O Yog Sothoth", about the Great Old One.
-->No Santa Claus, or Jesus Christ\\
We worship Yog 'cause he's not nice\\
O Yog Sothoth, O Yog Sothoth\\
We pray you do not eat us.
* While most of the Punk Goes Christmas (2013) compilation album could count as this by itself, the 11th track "This Christmas (I'll Burn It To The Ground)" by Pop Punk band Set It Off is a perfect example of this trope from start to finish. The title is not just there for kicks, that is what the song is actually about.
--> This Christmas, I'll burn it to the ground!
This Christmas, Santa's skipping town!\\

This Christmas, everything will change, when they see the flames\\

This Christmas day!
* Music/{{peepeepo}} has two short albums of these: ''SHITMAS'' and ''CRAPMAS.'' Both contain their versions of many Christmas carols containing lyrics about getting drunk and [[ToiletHumor taking dumps]].

[[folder: Puppet Shows]]
* Oscar the Grouch of ''Series/SesameStreet'' had a song called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3Cdqx1qFX8 "I Hate Christmas"]], which he sang in the special ''Series/ChristmasEveOnSesameStreet'' (1978).
* ''Series/SpittingImage'' had the wickedly satirical "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNace1KBqac Santa Claus is on the Dole]]" (1986).

[[folder: Theatre]]
* One {{Pantomime}}'s ''Literature/{{Aladdin}}'' had the BigBad sing "Children Roasting on an Open Fire"
* "Christmas Bells" from ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zags this one]]. It starts off played straight as a bunch of homeless New Yorkers sing about living on the streets in the winter ("No stockings, no candy canes... no ''Santa Clause is com-in''', cause Santy Clause ain't comin'...") and junkies sing about getting a fix, but eventually moves towards a more optimistic Christmas song, as two of the principal couples (Mimi and Roger, and Angel and Collins) start to fall for each other, complete with SnowMeansLove.
* ''Theatre/SongsForANewWorld'' by Creator/JasonRobertBrown has "Surabaya Santa" in which Mrs. Claus is tired of being alone on Christmas and generally being ignored the rest of the time - so she decides to walk out on him, but not before giving him a piece of her mind. It's majorly hilarious.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* If you play the game at Christmas, ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheTriad'' plays a song in UsefulNotes/{{MIDI}} format called "Deadly Gentlemen" (which is based on a well-known Christmas carol) instead of the normal level music. Considering the game is a FirstPersonShooter, this could well be classified as an Anti Christmas Song. Blasting the bad guys into LudicrousGibs with Christmas music playing... I'd say that's anti-Christmas.
* ''VideoGame/SeriousSam: The Second Encounter'' has a level where the music is Jingle Bells (regardless of when you play the game), and when the action heats up, it turns into a rock version with an assortment of sound effects from the game mixed in (various guns firing and monsters dying). If you rip the music out of the game, you can hear that the sound effects are actually part of the music and are not added by the game.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has disintegrating sheet music of [[YouMeanXMas Crimbo]] Carols dropped by the Ancient Yuletide Troll familiar, which are lyrics sheets meant to be sung to the tune of Christmas Songs, like "Frosty the Hitman" and "Violent Night". Since December is a month-long event that tends to involve beating up monsters, they are decidedly tongue-in-cheek.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' gives us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrZdvW6BBkc "All I Want for Christmas (Is to kick your ass)"]]. In-universe, the song came about after the Midnight Riders grudgingly agreed to do a charity single in lieu of 30,000 hours of Community Service.

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' celebrates Christmas with Lovecraftian versions of carols.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/flash-tub/jefferson-christmas-carol-2.php "I Will Always Hate Christmas" on the Flash Tub]] on ''Website/SomethingAwful''. ({{NSFW}})
* Three Dog Stevens would like to sing for you [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ4_RAx2OUE "The 12 Days of Christmas"]].
* [[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/sheepiesxmas "Sheepie's Christmas"]]
--> Christmas sucks
--> Oh Christmas sucks
-->It is such a pain
-->Bringing stress to all the world
-->Driving us insane
* [[http://www.catsprn.com/twelve_sti_xmas.htm "The Twelve STIs of Christmas"]] ({{NSFW}} and may break your dial-up) is about a person whose "true love" gave him something much worse than a bunch of birds. It doubles as a PSA.
* As publicized by Jimmy Kimmel, one little girl, whether she meant to or not, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShbEeMdlygQ frightfully butchered "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town]].
* Bad Gods' [[http://www.covermesongs.com/2010/12/nothing-says-christmas-like-nine-inch-nails.html Nine Inch Noel]] sings Music/NineInchNails lyrics to the tune of Christmas songs. It is just as wrong as it sounds.
* This [[https://pineight.com/mw/index.php?title=Commercialized_Christmas&oldid=9298 rant]] about SantaClausmas opens with the lyrics to a parody of "O Christmas Tree".
* When WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows reviewed the song "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer", he kept asking - almost to an {{Anvilicious}} extent - if everyone over the years knew that the song was about Grandma getting killed at the start of the song, and the rest of the lyrics celebrating her death. He regrets doing a review of the song just because of how celebrated the song has become despite nobody [[IsntItIronic actually caring about the subject matter.]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxWwBehInD4 "Holiday Clusterfuck"]] is CrappyHolidays in song form, and captures perfectly the utter stress that often hits during the holiday season. (NSFW for language, as if you couldn't figure it out already)

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Izlj01JDZs did a riotous send-up of "Noel"]], each verse leading to a different pun in the chorus, and the last one lampshading the entire thing and apologizing to the viewer for ruining the song.
** They also lampooned at least two other Christmas carols, including the incident where Wakko belched "Jingle Bells".
* "Jingle Bells! Batman smells! Robin laid an egg!"
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is sometimes wrongly credited with introducing that deliberate {{mondegreen}}, but in fact it predates the show by at least twenty years.
** That song even exists in Franchise/TheDCU - ComicBook/TheJoker sings it in his very first appearance on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' - while breaking out of Arkham on Christmas Eve.
*** [[TransatlanticEquivalent In the UK]] it's generally sung as "Robin ''flew away''"
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmAU8nluSbw Bow down, bow down / Before the power of Santa / Or be crushed, be crushed /]] [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim by his jolly boots of doom]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Christmas Vacation'' plays with the 'Scrooge' idea: Dr. Doofenshmirtz sings [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FggbppZZi8U "I Really Don't Hate Christmas"]]. He's not for or against Christmas, he's completely indifferent to it. Right before the song, he says that even though he's a villain and he knows he should hate Christmas, "Christmas was always fine in my family! I mean, it wasn't good, but it wasn't bad!" With his HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood, that's saying something.
-->'''Dr. Doofenshirtz:''' I have an intense, ''burning'' indifference!
* "What's This?" from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' is a subversion; the singer, Jack Skellington, falls in love with Christmas when he first discovers the holiday, but misses the point, largely because he sees Christmas through his own unique prism:
-->"There's children throwing snowballs instead of throwing heads,\\
They're busy making toys and absolutely no one's dead!"
** Other songs from the film, most notably "Making Christmas" and "Kidnap the Sandy Claws" play the trope straight.
* In the animated ChristmasSpecial ''WesternAnimation/OliveTheOtherReindeer'', the Postman has a little number called "Bah, Bug and Hum!" The song is all about how he hates carrying all of those gifts, catalogs and cards through the cold weather during the holiday season.
* The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Road to the North Pole" had an anti Christmas song called ''"[[http://vimeo.com/18027996 Christmas Time is Killing Us]]"''. Be warned, it has a lot of nightmarish imagery.
* One of the animated segments from ''TVFunhouse'' was a parody of the old black-and-white stop-motion Christmas song videos, called "[[http://youtu.be/7UIwFCzH3BI Tingles the Christmas Tension]]", about a magical sprite who embodies/cultivates all the stress of the holidays. The last verse mentions his annual successor, Mopefuls Day after Christmas Depression, and the video ends with a person [[DrivenToSuicide jumping out a second-story window]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has several. In their first Xmas special, Santa is a dangerous robot who kills everyone on his "naughty" list (and has such high standards that ''everyone'' winds up on his naughty list), so the episode ends with the cast gathering around the piano to sing "Santa Claus Is Gunning You Down". The second Xmas special has the elves singing happily about their dangerous slave jobs. And in ''Bender's Big Score'' Santa and the other {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of winter holidays sing about upgrading their ships to declare war on the scammer aliens.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheMagicAdventuresOfMumfie Mumfie's White Christmas]]'' has one sung by a group of electric eels entitled "Let Off Steam", as they help Whale and his passengers cut through the ice. The eels who were singing it were just being sarcastic, as their powers to heat up and produce electricity are activated by negative feelings.
* The second ChristmasEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' "Merry Wishmas" has the song "Not On the List!", which features Timmy's friends and a bunch of other kids complaining about the things Santa brought them for Christmas instead of what they actually wanted.