The scene was the 1996 National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington D.C., the singer was one Patti LaBelle and the song was 'This Christmas' but the result was such a shambles that it's gone down in internet history as an annual gem that is guaranteed to make you feel better.

What should have started out as a simple introduction and song goes from bad to worse as the lack of preparation of the whole production slowly comes to light and LaBelle is forced to adlib as best she can.

It truly is one of the greatest festive moments to ever be caught on camera and has started doing the rounds on social media in a slightly edited format.

Below we present the captioned version and below that, the entire thing from beginning to end, which features a cameo from then-President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.