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* In ''LightNovel/HeavyObject'' the first chapter of Volume 17 has the protagonists and their unit dressing up in Christmas-colored uniforms and head to the North Pole to rescue a boat of sick children! Along the way they need to kill a lot of enemy soldiers, "accidentally" kill some soldiers on their side, use Elise's increasingly stripped body as a distraction, and ultimately deal with the nobles using said sick children as mules for contraband.


* 2017: Things spiral out of control for Max after Tanya returns to take Lauren and Abi to Glasgow, during which time she reveals that he killed Stephen and drove Jane away, leading to both girls and Stacey rejecting him. Meanwhile, Mick rushes to get rid of a gun Aiden Macguire has hidden in the Vic before the police arrive and search the pub; he gives it to Billy Mitchell, who then gives it to Phil. After Phil nearly shoots him with said gun, Max goes to the roof of the Vic to commit suicide but is talked out of it by his daughters, only for Lauren to slip and both her and Abi falling off the roof themselves. Lauren recovers, but Abi is declared brain dead.

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* 2017: Things spiral out of control for Max after Tanya returns to take Lauren and Abi to Glasgow, during which time she reveals that he killed Stephen and drove Jane away, leading to both girls and Stacey rejecting him. Meanwhile, Mick rushes to get rid of a gun Aiden Macguire has hidden in the Vic before the police arrive and search the pub; he gives it to Billy Mitchell, who then gives it to Phil. After Phil nearly shoots him with said gun, Max goes to the roof of the Vic to commit suicide suicide, but is talked out of it by his daughters, only for Lauren to slip and both her and Abi end up falling off the roof themselves. Lauren recovers, but Abi is declared brain dead.

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* "Music/DeadWinterDead," by the related group Music/{{Savatage}}, is a concept album about the horrific [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosnian_War Bosnian War]]. The story's climax happens one Christmas Eve when the old cellist who plays in the town square is killed by an artillery barrage.

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* ''Literature/HowToSurviveCamping'': The campgrounds are closed during winter, and for good reason, as ancient powers converge during that time. The creatures that appear during the season are even more threatening than usual, from a [[MegaNeko gigantic cat]] that will devour you if you haven't received new clothing, to a woman who will stuff your intestines with stones and straw for being "wicked" (which includes [[AllCrimesAreEqual being messy around the house]]), to warriors in chainmail armor that will drag you to be drowned [[HappinessIsMandatory if you're not merry enough around Christmas]].


** "A Slaying Song Tonight" in the anthology book ''ComicBook/BatmanBlackAndWhite'' has Batman tracking down a hitman disguised as a rent-a-Santa.

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** "A Slaying Song Tonight" in the anthology book ''ComicBook/BatmanBlackAndWhite'' has Batman tracking down opens with a splash panel of a skinny, wild-eyed Santa Claus hiding a machine gun in his sack, going on to reveal that this is a hitman disguised as who plans to get near his target by taking the place of a rent-a-Santa.rent-a-Santa hired to put in an appearance for the target's daughter.


** ''A Slaying Song Tonight'' in the anthology book ''Batman: Black & White''

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** ''A "A Slaying Song Tonight'' Tonight" in the anthology book ''Batman: Black & White''''ComicBook/BatmanBlackAndWhite'' has Batman tracking down a hitman disguised as a rent-a-Santa.


* The [[OutOfOrder (intended)]] first season finale of ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', ironically titled "The Best Christmas Ever" is about Orel's parents deciding to separate after Clay confronted Bloberta with the (completely true) accusation that Shapey wasn't his son. [[spoiler:Ultimately they don't]]. This was the show's first hint of its CerebusSyndrome. The ending is Orel waiting for God to grant a ChristmasMiracle (with two minutes left) while looking up at the sky. [[spoiler:It's implied nothing happens.]]

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* The [[OutOfOrder (intended)]] first season finale of ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', ironically titled "The Best Christmas Ever" is about Orel's parents deciding to separate after Clay confronted Bloberta with the (completely true) accusation that Shapey wasn't his son. [[spoiler:Ultimately they don't]]. choose to stay together for appearance's sake, despite both of them being miserable]]. This was the show's first hint of its oncoming CerebusSyndrome. The ending is Orel waiting for God to grant a ChristmasMiracle (with two minutes left) while looking up at the sky. [[spoiler:It's implied nothing happens.]]


->''"Oh, did you have to? 'No turning back'? That's almost as bad as 'nothing could possibly go wrong' or 'this is gonna be the best Christmas [[Series/EastEnders Walford]]'s ever had'."''
-->-- '''The Doctor''', ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet "The Impossible Planet"]], alluding to ''Series/{{EastEnders}}''

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->''"Oh, did you have to? 'No turning back'? That's almost as bad as 'nothing could possibly go wrong' or 'this is gonna be the best Christmas [[Series/EastEnders Walford]]'s Walford's ever had'."''
-->-- '''The Doctor''', ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet "The Impossible Planet"]], alluding to ''Series/{{EastEnders}}''
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', the well-meaning citizens of Halloweentown volunteer their services at Christmastime, but since their idea of a fun holiday varies wildly from Santa and his helpers, the end result involves a skeletal impostor Santa, toys that frighten children, tentacled Christmas wreaths, and a giant, tree-eating snake.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePolarExpress'': While not in the movie proper, there's a boy named Billy who claims Christmas "doesn't work out" for him. It's implied to be because he's poor and can't afford to have a happy Christmas.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', the well-meaning citizens of Halloweentown volunteer their services at Christmastime, but since their idea of a fun holiday varies wildly from Santa and his helpers, the end result involves a skeletal impostor Santa, toys that frighten children, tentacled Christmas wreaths, and a giant, tree-eating snake.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePolarExpress'': While not in the movie proper, there's a boy named Billy who claims Christmas "doesn't work out" for him. It's implied to be because he's poor and can't afford to have a happy Christmas.



* ''Literature/GalacticMilieu'': In ''Magnificat'' the Remillard Dynasty attempt to magically torture their father in order to remove his split personality on Christmas Day, as since he won't be expecting it, it will be easier to get him into the room.



* In ''[[Literature/GalacticMilieu Magnificat]]'' the Remillard Dynasty attempt to magically torture their father in order to remove his split personality on Christmas Day, as since he won't be expecting it, it will be easier to get him into the room.



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* [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride "The Runaway Bride"]] (2006, set in 2007): He has to face an ancient menace called the Racnoss whose offspring wish to gorge on life across the cosmos. Her webstar is mistaken for a giant decorative Christmas star by Londoners until it starts shooting lightning tearing up the streets. This adventure immediately follows him losing Rose at Canary Wharf, and features an especially dark moment for him in which he kills a ton of the Empress's children, and almost lets himself die along with them.[[note]]And in "Turn Left," an AU showing what would've happened if Donna never met the Doctor, he actually died[[/note]] Oh, and the Thames is drained.
* [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned "Voyage of the Damned"]] (2007, set in 2008): He vows to save everyone on the Starship ''Titanic'' and fails in part because the good characters consider saving ''him'' a higher priority. Among the casualties is [[spoiler:the woman he'd wanted for his next companion]]. At least he managed to keep that ship from crashing into the Earth. Beautifully lampshaded as the populace of central London knows nasty things have been happening for the past two Christmases, so, this year, practically nobody's ''in'' central London for the nasty things to happen.
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor "The Next Doctor"]] (2008, set in 1851): The Cybermen defeated at Canary Wharf escape from the Void, and thanks to a breakdown in the walls of reality caused by the Daleks' planet-stealing heist, end up in 1851 London, which the Doctor happens to be visiting. On the other hand that meant [[spoiler:[[InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha GIANT CYBERMAN ROBOT]] RAMPAGING THOUGH {{VICTORIAN LONDON}}!]]

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* [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride "The Runaway Bride"]] (2006, set in 2007): He has to face an ancient menace called the Racnoss whose offspring wish to gorge on life across the cosmos. Her webstar is mistaken for a giant decorative Christmas star by Londoners until it starts shooting lightning tearing up the streets. This adventure immediately follows him losing Rose at Canary Wharf, and features an especially dark moment for him in which he kills a ton of the Empress's children, and almost lets himself die along with them.[[note]]And in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E11TurnLeft "Turn Left," Left"]], an AU showing what would've happened if Donna never met the Doctor, he actually died[[/note]] Oh, and the Thames is drained.
* [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned "Voyage of the Damned"]] (2007, set in 2008): He vows to save everyone on the Starship starship ''Titanic'' and fails in part because the good characters consider saving ''him'' a higher priority. Among the casualties is [[spoiler:the woman he'd wanted for his next companion]]. At least he managed to keep that ship from crashing into the Earth. Beautifully lampshaded as the populace of central London knows nasty things have been happening for the past two Christmases, so, this year, practically nobody's ''in'' central London for the nasty things to happen.
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor "The Next Doctor"]] (2008, set in 1851): The Cybermen defeated at Canary Wharf escape from the Void, and thanks to a breakdown in the walls of reality caused by the Daleks' planet-stealing heist, end up in 1851 London, which the Doctor happens to be visiting. On the other hand hand, that meant means [[spoiler:[[InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha GIANT CYBERMAN ROBOT]] RAMPAGING THOUGH {{VICTORIAN LONDON}}!]]



* [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol "A Christmas Carol"]] (Christmas 2010, set sometime in the 44th century): Christmas was brought by a galaxy-class cruise liner crashing with Rory and Amy aboard, and the Doctor having to find a way to save them and everyone else aboard. [[spoiler:Along the way he was able to save the soul of the old man Kazran who controls the planet's upper atmosphere, but through some very morally grey use of time-travel, and Kazran was forced to see the love of his life die]].
* [[Recap/DoctorWho2011CSTheDoctorTheWidowAndTheWardrobe "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe"]] (Christmas 2011, set in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo and the year 5345) has the Doctor alone without Amy or Rory, who believe him dead meet up with a woman who's husband has just been killed, and she hasn't informed her two children yet. And then the four find themselves in a forest of sentient trees about to be wiped out with no chance of escape. [[spoiler:Subverted, since EverybodyLives the widow saves the trees, taking their souls through the Time Vortex to live amongst the stars, and in the process accidentally saves her husband's life. She then convinces the Doctor to go to Amy and Rory, reveal he is alive, and he joins the pair for Christmas dinner.]]

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* [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol "A Christmas Carol"]] (Christmas 2010, set sometime in the 44th century): Christmas was brought by a galaxy-class cruise liner crashing with Rory and Amy aboard, and the Doctor having to find a way to save them and everyone else aboard. [[spoiler:Along the way he was he's able to save the soul of the old man Kazran who controls the planet's upper atmosphere, but through some very morally grey use uses of time-travel, and Kazran was is forced to see the love of his life die]].
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* [[Recap/DoctorWho2011CSTheDoctorTheWidowAndTheWardrobe "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe"]] (Christmas 2011, set in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo and the year 5345) has the Doctor alone without Amy or Rory, who believe him dead dead[[labelnote:*]]At least, he ''thinks'' they believe he's dead, not knowing that River told them the truth.[[/labelnote]] meet up with a woman who's husband has just been killed, and she hasn't informed her two children yet. And then the four find themselves in a forest of sentient trees about to be wiped out with no chance of escape. [[spoiler:Subverted, since EverybodyLives the widow saves the trees, taking their souls through the Time Vortex to live amongst the stars, and in the process accidentally saves her husband's life. She then convinces the Doctor to go to Amy and Rory, reveal he is alive, and he joins the pair for Christmas dinner.]]



* [[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 traumatized, heartbroken]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent and even with a dose of limited amnesia]] which is then [[SubvertedTrope subverted gloriously]] by being a quite-merry romp with [[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"]] ]]. The kicker is that [[spoiler:sure, it was their last night together...'''but it lasted twenty-four years!''' The episode ends on the title card "And they lived happily ever after". It's a triple subversion]].

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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 traumatized, heartbroken]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent and even with a dose of limited amnesia]] which is then [[SubvertedTrope subverted gloriously]] by being a quite-merry romp with [[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"]] ]]. The kicker is that [[spoiler:sure, it was their last night together...'''but it lasted twenty-four years!''' The episode ends on the title card "And they lived happily ever after". It's a triple subversion]].subversion.]]



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* Season 2 of ''Series/{{Danger 5}}'' takes place entirely around Christmas, and is much darker and weirder than the first season.

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* Season 2 of ''Series/{{Danger 5}}'' ''Series/Danger5'' takes place entirely around Christmas, and is much darker and weirder than the first season.




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* ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'' cruelly combines this with HopeSpot in the "December" arc.
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* The legendary "Woodland Critter Christmas" episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.

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''VideoGame/ClockTower3'' has a young 12-year-old piano prodigy named May Burton, who was brutally murdered by Sledgehammer on the night of Christmas Eve while her father was gone to war, but was killed in an explosion. Little May's body was found on Christmas Morning. The game protagonist defeated Sledgehammer and returned the locket to May's ghost, and had her play the song on the piano for her father, which reunited father and daughter as they descended to heaven.


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*''VideoGame/ClockTower3'' has a young 12-year-old piano prodigy named May Burton, who was brutally murdered by Sledgehammer on the night of Christmas Eve while her father was gone to war, but was killed in an explosion. Little May's body was found on Christmas Morning. [[spoiler: The game protagonist Alyssa defeated Sledgehammer and returned the locket to May's ghost, and had her play the special song on the piano for her father, which reunited father and daughter as they descended to heaven]].

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''VideoGame/ClockTower3'' has a young 12-year-old piano prodigy named May Burton, who was brutally murdered by Sledgehammer on the night of Christmas Eve while her father was gone to war, but was killed in an explosion. Little May's body was found on Christmas Morning. The game protagonist defeated Sledgehammer and returned the locket to May's ghost, and had her play the song on the piano for her father, which reunited father and daughter as they descended to heaven.


* Creator/JasonWingreen, the first voice actor of [[Film/StarWars Boba Fett]] passed away on 25th December 2015.

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* Creator/JasonWingreen, the first voice actor of [[Film/StarWars [[Franchise/StarWars Boba Fett]] passed away on 25th December 2015.


* ''Film/{{Babe}}'', despite being a family film, doesn't show Christmas in a positive light. We see Farmer Hoggett take Ferdinand[[labelnote:*]]actually Rosana[[/labelnote]] to the chopping block to be their meal, half of the sheep be stolen by rustlers, and the bratty granddaughter reject a homemade dollhouse.

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* ''Film/{{Babe}}'', despite being a family film, doesn't show Christmas in a positive light. We see Farmer Hoggett take Ferdinand[[labelnote:*]]actually Rosana[[/labelnote]] Ferdinand's girlfriend Rosanna to the chopping block to be their meal, half of the sheep be stolen by rustlers, and the bratty granddaughter reject a homemade dollhouse.


* ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' plays with the trope two times:
** It takes "Haunted Smurfs" (a semi-dark cartoon show episode) and turns it into "A Haunted Christmas", with the Smurf Village tragedy of losing the storehouse to a fire happening sometime prior to Christmas, which makes things pretty dismal for Smurfette since this would be her first Christmas with the Smurfs. Fortunately, as the story unfolds, things turn out for the better and the trope is ultimately averted... although in the FramingStory's end Smurfette does mysteriously disappear when the lights in the dining hall go out.
** "A Wild Winter Solstice" sets itself up for a possible Twisted Winter Solstice, as Empath during his first visit to the Smurf Village is lost and injured somewhere in the Smurf Forest and is being taken care of by Wild Smurf, whom Empath first encounters but keeps his existence a secret for years, while the Smurfs search the forest for days in the hopes of finding him. Again, things work themselves out in the end and the trope is ultimately averted.



* ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' does its take on the trope two times:
** It takes "Haunted Smurfs" (a semi-dark cartoon show episode) and turns it into "A Haunted Christmas", with the Smurf Village tragedy of losing the storehouse to a fire happening sometime prior to Christmas, which makes things pretty dismal for Smurfette since this would be her first Christmas with the Smurfs. Fortunately, as the story unfolds, things turn out for the better and the trope is ultimately averted... although in the FramingStory's end Smurfette does mysteriously disappear when the lights in the dining hall go out.
** "A Wild Winter Solstice" sets itself up for a possible Twisted Winter Solstice, as Empath during his first visit to the Smurf Village is lost and injured somewhere in the Smurf Forest and is being taken care of by Wild Smurf, whom Empath first encounters but keeps his existence a secret for years, while the Smurfs search the forest for days in the hopes of finding him. Again, things work themselves out in the end and the trope is ultimately averted.


* ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' takes "Haunted Smurfs" (a semi-dark cartoon show episode) and turns it into "A Haunted Christmas", with the Smurf Village tragedy of losing the storehouse to a fire happening sometime prior to Christmas, which makes things pretty dismal for Smurfette since this would be her first Christmas with the Smurfs. Fortunately, as the story unfolds, things turn out for the better and the trope is ultimately averted... although in the FramingStory's end Smurfette does mysteriously disappear when the lights in the dining hall go out.

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* ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' does its take on the trope two times:
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takes "Haunted Smurfs" (a semi-dark cartoon show episode) and turns it into "A Haunted Christmas", with the Smurf Village tragedy of losing the storehouse to a fire happening sometime prior to Christmas, which makes things pretty dismal for Smurfette since this would be her first Christmas with the Smurfs. Fortunately, as the story unfolds, things turn out for the better and the trope is ultimately averted... although in the FramingStory's end Smurfette does mysteriously disappear when the lights in the dining hall go out.out.
** "A Wild Winter Solstice" sets itself up for a possible Twisted Winter Solstice, as Empath during his first visit to the Smurf Village is lost and injured somewhere in the Smurf Forest and is being taken care of by Wild Smurf, whom Empath first encounters but keeps his existence a secret for years, while the Smurfs search the forest for days in the hopes of finding him. Again, things work themselves out in the end and the trope is ultimately averted.

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* ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' takes "Haunted Smurfs" (a semi-dark cartoon show episode) and turns it into "A Haunted Christmas", with the Smurf Village tragedy of losing the storehouse to a fire happening sometime prior to Christmas, which makes things pretty dismal for Smurfette since this would be her first Christmas with the Smurfs. Fortunately, as the story unfolds, things turn out for the better and the trope is ultimately averted... although in the FramingStory's end Smurfette does mysteriously disappear when the lights in the dining hall go out.

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