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11 Classic Christmas Songs That Are Darker Than You Realized –

The never-ending broadcasting of carols during November and December may be a depressing idea, but Christmas music with dark meanings can make the holidays downright bleak. Ugly sweaters and too many cookies are horrible enough, and it’s a proven fact that Christmas music can be bad for you. And despite the twinkly lights and shiny things of the holiday season, there are plenty of classic Christmas songs that are darker than you thought – way darker.

Grandmothers getting flattened by flying deer and Mommy having an affair with Old Saint Nick can make for some dark Christmas songs, but listeners generally know they were written in good humor. Some of your favorite Christmas songs, on the other hand, may actually be about a massacre of children, inspired by the death of a loved one, or originally suppressed due to bigotry. You’ve probably been hearing these songs ever since your very first holiday, but after learning the truth about secretly creepy Christmas music, you might not feel as jolly.

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