It's that time of year. December has come and it's brought all of its joys, including Christmas. But what is the meaning of this special holiday? Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, or the cards in the mail?

Christmas is the mass for Christ, the celebration of the birth of Jesus, a time for prayer, reflection, and service. But it can also be what you make of it.

To show you that there are plenty of different ways to have a wholesome Christmas, Bored Panda collected a list of the merriest moments that people have created for themselves and others. From decorating your prosthetics with your kid to serving meals for those in need, continue scrolling and check out the pics. They should start filling you up with festive mood pretty soon!

#1

My Husband Hated Christmas. But He Left Me This Year, So Now I’ve Got My First Proper Christmas Tree In 18 Years, And A New Rescue Kitty, So I’m Doing Alright

My Husband Hated Christmas. But He Left Me This Year, So Now I’ve Got My First Proper Christmas Tree In 18 Years, And A New Rescue Kitty, So I’m Doing Alright

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Jonathan
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5 months ago (edited)

Bah humbug, that guy was a dıck! Even if you hate Christmas, you make some effort for the one you love. I'm Jewish yet I still cook all day on Christmas for my partner. You do it because it makes them happy.

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#2

The True Spirit Of Christmas, From Those Who Don't Even Celebrate It

The True Spirit Of Christmas, From Those Who Don't Even Celebrate It

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Marc
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5 months ago

That's so sweet and nice. They have a beautiful heart and soul!

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As we can see, the message of Christmas is universal and revolves around bringing peace, harmony, and unity among all mankind.

In today’s world, plagued with pandemics, wars, destruction, poverty, and terrorism, such goodwill is necessary to maintain our good spirits. Christmas creates an atmosphere of kindness, brotherhood, and benevolence, and energizes society, which can sometimes seem indifferent to caring values.

#3

An Elementary School Bus Driver Asked Every Kid On His Bus What They Wanted For Christmas. He Bought Every Child A Gift

An Elementary School Bus Driver Asked Every Kid On His Bus What They Wanted For Christmas. He Bought Every Child A Gift

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Antonia
Community Member
5 months ago

True Santa!

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#4

Christmas Parade Dog Helps Woman With Her Anxiety Attack

Christmas Parade Dog Helps Woman With Her Anxiety Attack

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hilary rudd
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5 months ago

What a sweetheart!!

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#5

My 11 Month Old Son Just Came Off His Ventilator This Morning Following A Ruptured Brain Aneurysm 12 Days Ago. He's Going To Make It To His First Birthday On Christmas Eve

My 11 Month Old Son Just Came Off His Ventilator This Morning Following A Ruptured Brain Aneurysm 12 Days Ago. He's Going To Make It To His First Birthday On Christmas Eve

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Marc
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5 months ago

Bless you and may everything go well for you from here on! That smile warmth my heart!

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But that doesn't mean that we're doomed. In fact, we can be pretty generous. And Christmas has the tremendous power to open up our hearts.

Did you know that nearly one-third (31%) of annual giving in the US occurs in December? The season is a huge deal for the nonprofit sector, driving billions of dollars in just a few days; around 12% of all giving happens in the last three days of the year.

#6

May I Present A Small Owl Sleeping In A Christmas Wreath

May I Present A Small Owl Sleeping In A Christmas Wreath

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Pharo Despairo
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5 months ago

That is so adorable!

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#7

Every Christmas, Alice Cooper Serves Hundreds Of In-Need Children Free Meals At His Restaurant

Every Christmas, Alice Cooper Serves Hundreds Of In-Need Children Free Meals At His Restaurant

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Jonathan
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5 months ago (edited)

Everyone has had that one dinnerlady that looks like Alice Cooper, guaranteed.

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#8

A Christmas To Remember

A Christmas To Remember

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Premislaus de Colo
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5 months ago

Being from a poor family I can only understand how powerful such gesture must have felt

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It's hard not to get into the Christmas season with all the festivities, lights, and music, regardless of our own religion or non-religion.

So as a wave of generosity engulfs the world, it's really heartwarming to see Christians and non-Christians alike giving to those less fortunate. Goodwill towards others and the simple sharing of joy and love with family and friends is something all of us hope for and can contribute to.

#9

Way To Go To Save Trees

Way To Go To Save Trees

Two entrepreneurs started a side hustle renting Christmas trees to reduce the number that end up in landfill. Every January, they replant your tree back on their farm so you can rent it again next Christmas. When your tree hits 7 ft, it's retired and planted back in its original forest. 

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Marc
Community Member
5 months ago

That's a wonderful thing to do. I love the idea.

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#10

Been In My Bed Sick All Day. Finally Opened The Door And Arthur The Cat Had Brought Me A Christmas Ornament From The Tree As A Gift

Been In My Bed Sick All Day. Finally Opened The Door And Arthur The Cat Had Brought Me A Christmas Ornament From The Tree As A Gift

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Kelli Pike
Community Member
5 months ago

Cats are so wonderful.

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#11

Wholesome Gift

Wholesome Gift

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Caro Caro
Community Member
5 months ago

What a little angel !

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#12

My Best Friend Said Yes! We’re Getting Married This Christmas

My Best Friend Said Yes! We’re Getting Married This Christmas

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Marc
Community Member
5 months ago

All the best for you guys!

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#13

I'm A 38-Year-Old Man Having My Best Christmas Ever Because I Finally Got A Baby Polar Bear. Say Hi To Nala

I'm A 38-Year-Old Man Having My Best Christmas Ever Because I Finally Got A Baby Polar Bear. Say Hi To Nala

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DUN DUN
Community Member
5 months ago

Hi Nala!

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#14

The Best Gift

The Best Gift

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hilary rudd
Community Member
5 months ago

That brought tears to my eyes !!!

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#15

Meet Hiccup, We've Given Him A Home For Christmas

Meet Hiccup, We've Given Him A Home For Christmas

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MomaBear
Community Member
5 months ago

Aww he is gorgeous!!

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#16

Spending Christmas Alone For The First Time Due To Covid And My Neighbors Brought Me Over A Complete Christmas Dinner. Meant A Lot To Me, So Glad To Have Them

Spending Christmas Alone For The First Time Due To Covid And My Neighbors Brought Me Over A Complete Christmas Dinner. Meant A Lot To Me, So Glad To Have Them

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Marc
Community Member
5 months ago

That's very thoughtful and sweet.

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#17

Absolutely Rocking His Christmas Outfit

Absolutely Rocking His Christmas Outfit

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Marc
Community Member
5 months ago

That smile is "contagious." He looks like a wonderful and lovely person!

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#18

Mom's Getting Dementia And Cannot Bake Her Christmas Cookies Anymore

Mom's Getting Dementia And Cannot Bake Her Christmas Cookies Anymore

I collected all her recipes over the last few months during times she could remember them. I made this cookbook for all my family. The picture a colleague colorized for me. 1943 Germany.

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Caro Caro
Community Member
5 months ago

That is so precious. The family recipes, the pretty book, and her photo. What a great idea.

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#19

First Christmas Movie Together

First Christmas Movie Together

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DUN DUN
Community Member
5 months ago

THIS IS SOOOOOOOOO CUTE AND PURE🤗

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#20

Our 1st Christmas Together And Our 12th Christmas Together

Our 1st Christmas Together And Our 12th Christmas Together

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Mad Dragon
Community Member
5 months ago

Such a happy pupper! You can tell they are loved!

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#21

This Year I Settled On The Biggest Tree I Could Find. Merry Christmas Everyone, Happy Holidays

This Year I Settled On The Biggest Tree I Could Find. Merry Christmas Everyone, Happy Holidays

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Ember
Community Member
5 months ago

Happy Christmas!

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#22

Workmate Knows I've Been Finding The Last Few Months Very Tough Financially. Been Alone This Xmas And I've Only Known Him Six Months. Told Me There's A Bag For Me

Workmate Knows I've Been Finding The Last Few Months Very Tough Financially. Been Alone This Xmas And I've Only Known Him Six Months. Told Me There's A Bag For Me

I presumed it would be a few beers but this man got me so much more! This guy filled my cupboards.

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Kelli Pike
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5 months ago

Strongbow!!! That's a REAL bro!

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#23

Have A Wholesome Christmas Everyone

Have A Wholesome Christmas Everyone

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DUN DUN
Community Member
5 months ago

This cartoon just melted me

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#24

2020 Wasn’t All Bad, My Brother Made This For Me This Christmas

2020 Wasn’t All Bad, My Brother Made This For Me This Christmas

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Jayne Kyra
Community Member
5 months ago

I love this!

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#25

I Was Sent This Just Before Christmas, This Is The First Time My Dad Has Stood Up Without Having Someone To Help Him Since The Amputation And I’m So Proud Of Him

I Was Sent This Just Before Christmas, This Is The First Time My Dad Has Stood Up Without Having Someone To Help Him Since The Amputation And I’m So Proud Of Him

My dad and my mom live in the UK while I live in the USA. Since I saw them last my dad lost both of his legs.

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DUN DUN
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

My dad had a major accident in 2k13, both legs broken and nearly saved from getting them chopped off, and I remember the day he stood up by himself. My mom and I were so happy and proud of him.

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#26

My Friend And I Replaced Christmas With Brucemas, Where We Exchange Bruce Willis Themed Gifts Each Year. I Win Forever. (And Yes It's Real)

My Friend And I Replaced Christmas With Brucemas, Where We Exchange Bruce Willis Themed Gifts Each Year. I Win Forever. (And Yes It's Real)

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Kelli Pike
Community Member
5 months ago

An excellent alternative to the humbugs!

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#27

Christmas Eve 2020

Christmas Eve 2020

My grandmother who had been in hospice for 6 months watched my kids. Open presents one last time, she was so happy the whole time. She held on just for that, she passed later that day.

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Kelli Pike
Community Member
5 months ago

She's still watching; you just can't see her there with you.

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#28

My Cutie Girl Was Found About 6 Years Ago On The Side Of The Road On Christmas Day. She Has 3 Legs And Partial Blindness. Noelle Says Hello

My Cutie Girl Was Found About 6 Years Ago On The Side Of The Road On Christmas Day. She Has 3 Legs And Partial Blindness. Noelle Says Hello

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Susan Green
Community Member
5 months ago

Hi Noelle, you are beautiful.

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#29

A Group Of Mugs I Made For The Holidays

A Group Of Mugs I Made For The Holidays

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Nat Glenn
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5 months ago

Soooo, how do I get on the cool mug present list? Love them

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#30

Every Year My Cat Forgets What A Christmas Tree Is And Re-Discovers The Wonder

Every Year My Cat Forgets What A Christmas Tree Is And Re-Discovers The Wonder

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Susan Green
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5 months ago

My sweet cat, loved Christmas trees too.

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#31

A Woman In Adelaide, Australia Came Home To Find A Koala In Her Christmas Tree

A Woman In Adelaide, Australia Came Home To Find A Koala In Her Christmas Tree

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Susan Green
Community Member
5 months ago

Sweet!!

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#32

Needless To Say I Cried Like A Baby After Opening This On Christmas

Needless To Say I Cried Like A Baby After Opening This On Christmas

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DUN DUN
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh I'm crying too...in a public transport vehicle.

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#33

I Decided To Brighten Everyone's Day During My Last Chemo Before Christmas At The Cancer Care Day Clinic

I Decided To Brighten Everyone's Day During My Last Chemo Before Christmas At The Cancer Care Day Clinic

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Marc
Community Member
5 months ago

Best wishes to you and may you soon recover!

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#34

We’ve Decorated My Prosthetics To Match The Christmas Feeling We Have. Happy Holidays!

We’ve Decorated My Prosthetics To Match The Christmas Feeling We Have. Happy Holidays!

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Mazer
Community Member
5 months ago

Trend setters

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#35

A Giant Christmas Sweater Was Created For The T-Rex At London's Natural History Museum This Year

A Giant Christmas Sweater Was Created For The T-Rex At London's Natural History Museum This Year

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Ember
Community Member
5 months ago

This is adorable...lol

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#36

Our Christmas Card With Our Triplets This Year

Our Christmas Card With Our Triplets This Year

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Antonia
Community Member
5 months ago

great card! In the days my children were little ('90) I spend a roll of 36 foto's and none of them turned out right. One was crying, the other one just ran away, and soforth and so forth ...lol

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#37

My Mom Passed Away On Christmas Day. She Was The Cook In The Family. This Is The First Holiday Meal My Dad And I Made Without Her. We're Going To Be Okay, Mom

My Mom Passed Away On Christmas Day. She Was The Cook In The Family. This Is The First Holiday Meal My Dad And I Made Without Her. We're Going To Be Okay, Mom

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Paul C.
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm sure she would be proud of you both.

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#38

It’s A Christmas Miracle! I Can Walk And Stand By The Tree

It’s A Christmas Miracle! I Can Walk And Stand By The Tree

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Sue Lynn Chan
Community Member
5 months ago

Hooray!

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#39

Insane Story. I Showed My Nard Dog Tattoo To The Old Lady Who Sat Behind Me At Work And Explained How Much I Love The Office. She Brought This In The Next Day And Gave It To Me

Insane Story. I Showed My Nard Dog Tattoo To The Old Lady Who Sat Behind Me At Work And Explained How Much I Love The Office. She Brought This In The Next Day And Gave It To Me

She said “I don’t watch the show, but my 2nd cousin is Phyllis and she gave me this for Christmas. You should have it!”

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Kimi Tomminello
Community Member
5 months ago

Phyllis was one of the most interesting characters. If you listen to her stories she is one WILD woman lol. This gift is epic!!

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#40

Christmas Day Is Also My Parent's Wedding Anniversary, And This Is Their 42nd One. Happy Anniversary, Mr. And Mrs. Mathews

Christmas Day Is Also My Parent's Wedding Anniversary, And This Is Their 42nd One. Happy Anniversary, Mr. And Mrs. Mathews

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Lovin' Life
Community Member
5 months ago

Congratulations and may you enjoy many more!

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#41

My Mom Spent A Year Crocheting These Charlie Brown Dolls For Me For Christmas

My Mom Spent A Year Crocheting These Charlie Brown Dolls For Me For Christmas

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Mazer
Community Member
5 months ago

Mad skilz!!

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#42

I Quit Drinking In July, And With The Money I've Saved, I've Been Able To Splurge More On Christmas This Year. Here's The Treats My Family Will Wake Up To Tomorrow

I Quit Drinking In July, And With The Money I've Saved, I've Been Able To Splurge More On Christmas This Year. Here's The Treats My Family Will Wake Up To Tomorrow

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Jonathan
Community Member
5 months ago

Well done. Alcohol is disgusting 😂

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#43

My First Time Decorating The Tree By Myself. I Wanted To Make It Special This Year, Because My Mom Passed Away Suddenly In October. So, This Is In Memory Of Her

My First Time Decorating The Tree By Myself. I Wanted To Make It Special This Year, Because My Mom Passed Away Suddenly In October. So, This Is In Memory Of Her

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Kate Musso
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow!

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#44

Me And My Girlfriend Got Each Other The Exact Same Gift For Christmas

Me And My Girlfriend Got Each Other The Exact Same Gift For Christmas

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Pheolei
Community Member
5 months ago

Troy and Abed in the morning!!!

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#45

Both My Parents Passed Before My Daughter Was Born. My Wife Gave Me This Painting For Christmas

Both My Parents Passed Before My Daughter Was Born. My Wife Gave Me This Painting For Christmas

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Libstak
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5 months ago

That is so beautiful

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#46

Belgrade's University Children's Hospital Is Off-Limits To Visitors Due To Covid Restrictions, But The Mountain Rescue Service Made Sure Kids Spending Christmas In Hospital Got Their Presents Anyway

Belgrade's University Children's Hospital Is Off-Limits To Visitors Due To Covid Restrictions, But The Mountain Rescue Service Made Sure Kids Spending Christmas In Hospital Got Their Presents Anyway

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Monilip
Community Member
5 months ago

You mean off limits for anyone then parents, right? i can't imagine sick kids being ALONE, without at least one parents staying with them, it would be inhuman (and according to science harmful, since kids get stressed so much it effects their health)

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#47

Happy Tears

Happy Tears

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Marc
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5 months ago

Beautiful story. Heart-warming!

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#48

Mike Sullivan And His Wife, Sierra, Have Been Married For Fifty Years. Ten Years Ago, They Built A Small Woodworking Shop In Their Home And Started Making Toys As A Hobby

Mike Sullivan And His Wife, Sierra, Have Been Married For Fifty Years. Ten Years Ago, They Built A Small Woodworking Shop In Their Home And Started Making Toys As A Hobby

This Christmas, they've given away 1,400 free toys to kids across America.

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Jonathan
Community Member
5 months ago

They don't even look old enough to have been married for 50 years!

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#49

Neighbors Knew I Was Going To Be Alone For Christmas So They Brought Me This

Neighbors Knew I Was Going To Be Alone For Christmas So They Brought Me This

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Quiltin Mammar
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5 months ago

A Christmas feast. Enjoy

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#50

Ollie Next To The Painting He Got For Christmas

Ollie Next To The Painting He Got For Christmas

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Strawberry Pizza
Community Member
5 months ago

he looks so proud

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