No joke. A friend of mine and I are thinking of getting together a Christmas CD of depressing Christmas songs, and calling it "A Suicide's Christmas". Yeah, yeah, but this is a business venture, and besides, I am a naturally melancholy man who grew up on songs of misery.
Stan Roger's "First Christmas Away From Home" comes first to mind as an extremely depressing Christmas song, and indeed his own brother refuses to sing it. Although we would want to stay mostly folk or folkish I have a thought that "The Little Boy Who Santa Claus Forgot" should be done.
Any suggestions? I am sure that there are any number of Christmas weepers out there of which I have never heard.