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 Christmas spirit 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 funny 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 own funny fails 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 funny photos that you've liked the best and let us know in the comments why you liked them. Oh, and be sure to spread some Christmas time 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 Christmas presents, 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 - from inappropriate Christmas decorations to hilarious gift fails.

#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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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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
Community Member
11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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
Community Member
11 months 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
Community Member
11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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
11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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
11 months 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
Community Member
11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months ago

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

Martha Meyer
Community Member
11 months ago

As long as you can show them both halves, you can get a new replacement for torn bills at regional state banks, I'm told.

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Brigitte
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11 months ago

People who open (any kind of) envelopes like this are idiots.

Jo Bebe
Community Member
11 months ago

To put it bluntly .....

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Benderong
Community Member
11 months ago

Only a psychopath would open letters like that. Stay away from me

F. H.
Community Member
11 months ago

Not a problem at all. You'll have to take it to a bank anyway, since hardly any shop accepts 500 Euro notes.

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
11 months ago

Is it because they aren’t produced anymore? If you spend $460 and pay with a $500 bill then i can’t understand why they’d not take it. If you paid with a $500 bill but your total was $26 then I can see why they just wouldn’t have change for that

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Kristy P
Community Member
11 months ago

And THIS is why we put money inside of cards, people! XD

Molly Porter
Community Member
11 months ago

Any one else notice that the caption for this post spelled merry with an a??

Teri Campisi
Community Member
11 months ago

Yes. Check your spelling peop!e.!.PLEASE.! So irritating!!!!!!

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Kelly
Community Member
11 months ago

Marry?

Id row
Community Member
11 months ago

You can bring it to the bank and exchange it for another one. They do that with damaged cash.

The Frog
Community Member
11 months ago

Oh so this is why UK money is plastic lol

Rosie Hamilton
Community Member
11 months ago

Yep, it also won't fold properly and if you take one out of your wallet all of them come out and end up flying around the beach!! Not that this happened or anything...

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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11 months ago

Who opens a present like that? Obviously what was in it was bendy like the wrapping paper. Open the tape.

Laura Engels
Community Member
11 months ago

If you have both halves you can take it to the bank to exchange it. Alternatively, if you don't have both halves, but you have at least 3/4 of the bill, you can exchange it at the bank.

Tanja J
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11 months ago

it gets accepted unless there is more than 50% missing.

Ethan Collard
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10 months ago

my step dad tapes my ripped money!

Johan Steenberg
Community Member
11 months ago

500 in what currency I wonder?

JDF
Community Member
11 months ago

Philippine peso. Just $10 if converted.

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Teri Donovan
Community Member
11 months ago

Tape.....

EtherealSponge
Community Member
11 months ago

This causes me physical pain...

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
11 months ago

This is why you put the cash in a box.

I love Foxxy
Community Member
11 months ago

Fortunately we don’t have that problem in Australia.

Rosie Hamilton
Community Member
11 months ago

Yeah MammaG - nevermind anyone who can't read and has to feel the shape and size of the money because they're blind. Carefully researched in many countries so that blind people can manage money easily. I know they did this in Australia and in the UK they have raised dots and raised print plus bold numbers for people with poor vision.

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Misterscooter
Community Member
11 months ago

I know that feeling.

Roxy Eastland
Community Member
10 months ago

In the UK as long as you have the long number on the note they will replace it for you.

Phoenix VW
Community Member
10 months ago

Oops!

Laura Crawley
Community Member
10 months ago

if it is more than 50% of the note it is still spendable! and I bet he is way more careful opening stuff up next year

CincyReds
Community Member
11 months ago

Better get that tape out!

Jane Dorothy Warner
Community Member
11 months ago

In the UK you would be refunded the value of the note if you posted it to The Bank of England.

Smitin
Community Member
11 months ago

Canadian currency is made with a plastic-like material that makes them fairly difficult to tear like this... but not impossible. I've seen a frozen $20 bill break. It didn't tear - it broke in two. Canadians. Gotta love 'em.

Molly Kennington
Community Member
11 months ago

One year we were tossing wrapping into the fireplace s we went and I burned a $100 bill from my grandpa. That was 1973, so it was a lot of $$. : (

Sandra Mason
Community Member
11 months ago

always open carefully.

John Smith
Community Member
11 months ago

That’s seriously unfortunate. That really stinks!

Andreas Angeltveit
Community Member
11 months ago

That's not how you are supposed to open envelopes!

Leesa DeAndrea
Community Member
11 months ago

Uh oh!!

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
11 months ago

Quick, find some tape!

Elizabeth Mellisa
Community Member
11 months ago

should have opened it correctly - like an envelope is supposed to be opened!!!

PandaPiñata
Community Member
11 months ago

Caring is sharing so give the other half to you sister.

music_of_madness
Community Member
11 months ago

Well that is just sad

m. b
Community Member
11 months ago

Bring it to the Bank, but at first glance i would say its Euros, the colour just doesn't match.. So what r we looking at exactly?!

John Lloyd Entredicho
Community Member
4 months ago

Its a Philippine bill...most likely 10$

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Jess Burgess
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11 months ago

I mean anyone who opens envelopes like that deserves it!

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
11 months ago

€500! Wow, what a present!

John Lloyd Entredicho
Community Member
4 months ago

Its a Philippine money...check the bill again.

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Susana King
Community Member
11 months ago

Valid in Mexico, send it over, we'll take it !!

Tara
Community Member
11 months ago

I do hope tape works...

frank0ys
Community Member
11 months ago

...Poor 500 pesos!

Lsai Aeon
Community Member
11 months ago

As long as you have (I think) 90% of the pieces, the bank will replace torn money...

Ben Smith
Community Member
11 months ago

Little too excited

Ben Smith
Community Member
11 months ago

Lol

Ladislav Pollo
Community Member
11 months ago

Sorry but this is price of your stupidity. Opening letters like this is permanent destruction of anything in there.

ƒιѕн
Community Member
11 months ago

*Merry

FreakOfArt
Community Member
11 months ago

Why does this have two dislikes? Fish corrected the grammar.

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11 months ago

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thats why you pray in advance to get OCD

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