Now I hate this song so much because of its ability to take me from holiday high to sobby scary emo in a mere three minutes and twenty-five seconds. It is the perfect depressing accompaniment for any number of charity campaigns trying to wrangle Christmas donations from your shallow consumerist existence.
Originally written in protest of the Vietnam War, Happy Christmas is dusted off every year and played alongside Jingle Bells and White Christmas. It's like eating a bag of candy and having a really sad coppery penny sneak in the mix.
Maybe I'm giving the song too much credit but it really does make me stop and think: so another year over, a new one just begun...and what have I done?