We hope you had a pleasant Christmas and a wonderful holiday season! But sometimes, no matter how hard we try, the holidays can end up being slightly disappointing. Because they don’t live up to our expectations. Or the hype. Whether you’ve got the holiday blues or just need a good old dose of humor, we’ve got you covered.

Bored Panda compiled this mega-list of the very best Christmas fails and hilarious accidents that are sure to improve your mood and get your spirits up. After all, there’s nothing like a bit of laughter and comparing your situation to that of others to help you realize life isn’t as bad as it might seem.

So grab yourself a cup of hot choccy and some gingerbread cookies and start scrolling. Upvote the funniest pics and let us know in the comments why you liked them. Oh, and be sure to spread some Christmas joy around by sharing this post with your loved ones if you think they’ll enjoy it. Bored Panda spoke with Joshua Becker, creator of Becoming Minimalist, about managing expectations during the holidays, talking with children about the importance of giving vs. the importance of gifts, as well as how to make sure that you're not disappointed celebrating the New Year. Scroll down for the full in-depth interview.

We know you love Christmas fails, so when you’re done with this list, check out our previous one from the year before right here. It’s got some more great stuff that you’re bound to enjoy.

#1

Not Only Did Grandpa Already Have This Shirt, He Was Wearing It When He Unwrapped It

Not Only Did Grandpa Already Have This Shirt, He Was Wearing It When He Unwrapped It

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Emerald Joanna
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1 month ago

Ok I am still calling that a win cos if he's wearing the same shirt then you know he likes it!!

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#2

Gift I Received. Wrapped In A Such A Way That It Appears As If Linus And Patty Are Getting It On In Front Of Marcie

Gift I Received. Wrapped In A Such A Way That It Appears As If Linus And Patty Are Getting It On In Front Of Marcie

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Misterscooter
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1 month ago

Show her your peanuts.

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#3

Merry Christmas, Mom

Merry Christmas, Mom

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ƒιѕн
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1 month ago

Yay! She got 3 doggos for Christmas!!

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"I don’t think the trick is to “lower" expectations. Or at least, that’s not the phrasing I would use. It is important to keep “reasonable" expectations and to be clear on our goals for the season," Becker of Becoming Minimalist told Bored Panda. "All the commercials on TV portray these picture-perfect Christmas scenes with family and decoration and endless smiles. But that’s rarely reality."

"When we set reasonable expectations for the season (taking into account our family dynamics, limited budget, and available free time), we’re less likely to think perfect is even possible. And when we get clear on our most important goal for the season (whether that be faith-based, family-based, or personal-based), we are more likely to achieve it."

#4

Grandma Likes To Get Us Puzzles For Christmas. She Thought It Was An Elf

Grandma Likes To Get Us Puzzles For Christmas. She Thought It Was An Elf

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Krazy Kanuck
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1 month ago

Yoda claus

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#5

We Left Some Christmas Decorations Out In The Driveway Last Night Which I Just Remembered When I Turned On My Car This Morning. I Just About Crapped My Pants

We Left Some Christmas Decorations Out In The Driveway Last Night Which I Just Remembered When I Turned On My Car This Morning. I Just About Crapped My Pants

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hispanic! at the disco
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1 month ago

They look like demons being summoned.

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#6

My Wife And I Have A Tradition Of Picking Out The Ugliest Tree At The Tree Farm. This Year We Hit A Grand Slam

My Wife And I Have A Tradition Of Picking Out The Ugliest Tree At The Tree Farm. This Year We Hit A Grand Slam

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Demonic Darkness
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1 month ago

That's honestly a nice tradition. Poor tree doesn't get left out.

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We were also interested to know how we should help children understand that Christmas is about the spirit of giving, not about getting gifts. Here's what Becker had to say. "Most importantly, we change how we talk about the day and the season. As parents, it is so easy to unintentionally throw out phrases all December long like, 'Maybe you’ll get that Christmas… Let’s just put that on your Christmas list… Are you excited for presents this year… You need to be good so Santa will bring you presents this year.'"

"By the time Christmas day comes along, we’ve built up all these expectations about the number of presents our kids are going to receive. If you want your kids to learn Christmas is about giving, spend as much time talking with them about gift ideas they could give to others as you do talking about the gifts they might receive. Take them shopping with you for others. Let them see you being extra generous to other people throughout the season. And never let them see you complain about giving… only let them see experiencing and celebrating the joy of giving time, money, and gifts to others."

#7

When The Christmas Card Photo Shoot With The Sheep Goes Wrong

When The Christmas Card Photo Shoot With The Sheep Goes Wrong

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Luis Milian
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1 month ago

more like...a Win

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#8

These Ho Ho Ho's On Wrapping Paper Are Confetti. There Are 1000 Little Ho’s All Over My House, There Are Ho’s On My Kids, There Will Be Ho’s Forever

These Ho Ho Ho's On Wrapping Paper Are Confetti. There Are 1000 Little Ho’s All Over My House, There Are Ho’s On My Kids, There Will Be Ho’s Forever

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Fatemeh.F
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1 month ago

As a pharmacist all I see is a lot of alcoholic functional groups all over the place. So beware of the hydrogen bonds.

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#9

Went To The Office Holiday Party. Didn't Know Corporate Was Going To Be There

Went To The Office Holiday Party. Didn't Know Corporate Was Going To Be There

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Misterscooter
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1 month ago

That's awesome. Corporate can suck it.

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Lastly, Becker gave us some good advice about how we should look at New Year's Eve and about starting 2020. "In many regards, January 1st is just another day. There is nothing particularly magical about the clock turning over to 12:00, other than the cheering and kissing and confetti."

"What a new year does provide is a natural time to reflect on the trajectory of your life over the last year and chart a new (and maybe better) direction for the next one. So celebrate that opportunity and make the most of it. No matter the external circumstances, whether you are with friends, family, or by yourself, you are in control of the next year of your life. New Year’s reminds us of that fact."

He added: "Also, stay in control of yourself on New Year's Eve. Have a good time, but don’t overdo alcohol, narcotics, or peer pressure. The last thing you want to do on December 31st is something you’ll regret on January 1st."

#10

When Your Parents Wrap Your Presents Last Minute

When Your Parents Wrap Your Presents Last Minute

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Fred Eze
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1 month ago

I'm curious, what does the whole wrapping paper spell out?

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#11

My Dad Made Me These "Decorative Trees" In His Workshop For Christmas

My Dad Made Me These "Decorative Trees" In His Workshop For Christmas

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Krazy Kanuck
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1 month ago

beware of splinters.. they will be a real pain in the ass..

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#12

Tom's 1st Christmas

Tom's 1st Christmas

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Gwen Pollock
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1 month ago

Zero cares given!

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Whether it's a photo shoot gone wrong or your cat demolishing your Christmas tree again (damn you, Mr. Mittens! Never again!), some things are bound to ruin your mood, unless you try to see the funny side of the disaster.

While it’s impossible to avoid all holiday mishaps or to foresee your cat going all King Kong on your Christmas tree (I mean, who could have predicted that? Like, seriously, it was so unexpected), there are some things that we can do and some shifts in our perspective that we can make to avoid being seriously disappointed during Christmas-time.

#13

My Cousin Was *wrapping Presents

My Cousin Was *wrapping Presents

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Demonic Darkness
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1 month ago

At least he got both of the s in progress.

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#14

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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Krazy Kanuck
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1 month ago

SOOOOO that is how Christmas Elves are made...

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#15

When You Have Your Kid Paint Wrapping Paper But It Ends Up Looking Like You Murdered The UPS Guy And Stole His Packages

When You Have Your Kid Paint Wrapping Paper But It Ends Up Looking Like You Murdered The UPS Guy And Stole His Packages

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eliana
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1 month ago

thats why express shipping is so expensive

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Joshua Becker writes on Becoming Minimalist that even though the pace of the holiday season might be hectic and that we might feel that rushing around like a headless chicken seems to be expected of us, we have to do our best to slow down. That involves having fewer things to do and intentionally cutting out some errands. Be a fashion chicken, not a headless one.

Becker also notes that perfection is impossible. So you shouldn’t expect perfection even if it’s something you aim for. Your home will never be perfectly clean just in time for the guests to arrive. Your kids will never be fully satisfied with the presents they get, even if they love what they got. And there’s bound to be at least one minor argument in the family because of all the stress.

#16

Those "Reindeer"

Those "Reindeer"

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Misterscooter
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1 month ago

Either way, those are some rosy cheeks.

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#17

I Put A Christmas Story Lamp In My Front Window And Not One Of My Neighbors Recognized It. Several Have Stopped To Ask Why I Have A “Weird, Gross Leg” On Display

I Put A Christmas Story Lamp In My Front Window And Not One Of My Neighbors Recognized It. Several Have Stopped To Ask Why I Have A “Weird, Gross Leg” On Display

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Ren Duvall
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1 month ago

Weird, gross leg!? It's a major award!

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#18

Isnt That Called Arson?

Isnt That Called Arson?

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Misterscooter
Community Member
1 month ago

It'll be a gas!

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That’s why it’s so important to find time to rest and recharge. Whether its a power-nap or sleeping in, you have to get your beauty sleep if you want to weather the holidays with a smile on your face. Recharging also includes snacking on biscuits and drinking hot choccy from time to time. After all, it’s hard to find the silver lining in disappointing situations on an empty stomach. 

#19

My Cat Got Stuck In The Wall On Christmas Day

My Cat Got Stuck In The Wall On Christmas Day

The basement kitchenette ceiling was left open when it was built a few months ago so he climbed onto the cupboards and into the ceiling before falling into the wall.

This was at my mom's house and he was stuck for about 2 hours while we tried to figure out his exact location and cut a hole to release him. He is perfectly fine and even tried to go back in the hole!

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Luis Milian
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1 month ago

building memories

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#20

My Cousin Got A Drone For Christmas

My Cousin Got A Drone For Christmas

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MissPrideGirl
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1 month ago

Thats gonna take a while to get out 😬

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#21

The Disappointment In My Face After Getting The Same Shirt I'm Wearing For Christmas When I Was 11

The Disappointment In My Face After Getting The Same Shirt I'm Wearing For Christmas When I Was 11

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Molly Porter
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1 month ago

Same situation as the grandpa in the first post

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#22

This Basically Sums Up Traveling With Our Toddler. Merry Christmas

This Basically Sums Up Traveling With Our Toddler. Merry Christmas

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Chris Watson
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1 month ago

Memories!!!!! Love it

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#23

Merry Christmas Everyone

Merry Christmas Everyone

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Linda Something
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1 month ago

Those eyes on the right have seen some shit...

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#24

My Boyfriend Said He Made Holiday Cookies

My Boyfriend Said He Made Holiday Cookies

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Chuckie
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1 month ago

whats the yellow thing supposed to be? Looks like it escaped from hell

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#25

Buddy At Work Secret Santa Party Legit Just Got Gifted The Same Shirt He Is Wearing

Buddy At Work Secret Santa Party Legit Just Got Gifted The Same Shirt He Is Wearing

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Chris Watson
Community Member
1 month ago

Perfect! He will like it.

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#26

I Used Chocolate Bells Instead Of Kisses. Is It Me Or Did I Just Make Christmas B***s?

I Used Chocolate Bells Instead Of Kisses. Is It Me Or Did I Just Make Christmas B***s?

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Demonic Darkness
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1 month ago

Oh thank God they censored b**bs. Can't have anyone seeing those!

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#27

This Is How Well Our Christmas Card Photoshoot Is Going

This Is How Well Our Christmas Card Photoshoot Is Going

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Ale_Vidal23
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1 month ago

i want a Card too

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#28

Brother And His Boyfriend, Maybe?

Brother And His Boyfriend, Maybe?

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Lauren Misek
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1 month ago

It's a Westeros Christmas!

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#29

Christmas Ice Marbles Expectations vs. Reality

Christmas Ice Marbles Expectations vs. Reality

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F. H.
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1 month ago

Too much coloring and too little water. I mean, they aren't even round.

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#30

Marry Christmas!

Marry Christmas!

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Daria B
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1 month ago

Wonder if taping it would work. It used to be accepted in my country when I was a kid.

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