- The Blue Christmas song, where a little girl tells Santa how unhappy she will be without him.
- Vixen being trapped in the pound, alone and sick.
- Santa Claus is real in the story's universe. The kids can still become cynical and disbelieving that he even exists in spite of his generations of giving gifts to children.
- The song "I Believe in Santa Claus", especially the second verse from the father starting with "So you're too old for Santa Claus?" (in particular the last two lines "For what is happiness but dreams, and do they all come true? Look at me, and tell me, son, what is real to you?") and the ending, where Izzy starts crying.
- More of a Fridge Horror example, but a notable difference in the Miser's songs ("Friends call me Snow Miser" vs. "They call me Heat Miser") implies that Heat Miser doesn't have a lot of friends. Not helped by the fact that he thinks Mother Nature favors Snow Miser.
Tear Jerker / The Year Without a Santa Claus