There is no Christmas song I find to be more tragic and tear-inducing than “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” I have no idea if the general population feels this way. I don’t know if it’s genuinely supposed to be a heartwarming, sappy song about putting your “troubles…miles away,” or if it’s a nostalgic bummer that only serves to remind you of how difficult life is. All I know is I watched Judy Garland sing this song to her character’s baby sister in Meet Me in St. Louis after they found out they were going to have to leave everything they knew and cared about behind because their dad decided the family was moving. Followed by a scene of the sister violently bashing her snowmen’s heads in with a branch as she sobs because “I’d rather kill them if we can’t take them with us!”
So, yeah, I’ll skip that song every time.
But somehow, SOMEHOW, Chase Holfelder managed to take the saddest Christmas song I have ever known and make it EVEN SADDER.
The “somehow” is actually explained by the fact that he changed the key from major to minor as part of his aptly titled “Major to Minor” series, automatically stirring up those angsty feelings hidden deep inside your heart.
See for yourself:
Chase’s desire to make formerly cheery tunes cause you to want to curl up in the fetal position and weep is nothing new. So if you feel appropriately melancholy and want to continue spiraling down, here you go:
And this one just got creepy, to be honest: