The winter holidays are the perfect time to share some happiness and put ourselves aside to shower others with our love, caring, and attention. And we’ve got something that will help wash away those post-Xmas blues and pump you full of optimism for the New Year.
We wanted to show the very best, brightest side of humankind, so the hard-working elves at Bored Panda have put together this list of the most wholesome Christmas posts. We hope they’ll restore your faith in humanity, make you smile as wide as the year was long, and inspire you to support your family, friends, and neighbors in 2021.
Dear Pandas, don’t forget to upvote the most heartwarming photos and let us know all about the nicest things that happened to you around Christmas in the comments. When you're all done enjoying this list, we invite you to savor our post right here about the most surprising Xmas gifts that people got.
Last Year, I Spent Christmas With A Gun In My Mouth. This Year, We Grilled Steaks And Played Catch. She Has Given Me My Life Back
This is my service dog, Emma, on the night I met her (about a month ago). I am a veteran and she helps me with my PTSD to keep me grounded.
A UPS Driver Delivered Nearly 200 Packages A Day Through Lockdowns And The Holiday Season. This Week, Hundreds Of Neighbors Came Out To Give Him A Hero's Salute
He went above-and-beyond this year!
I'm Really Crying Right Now. I Thought I Was Calling My Mom. But I Had The Wrong Number And
Dr. Watts highlighted that we should put ourselves in the shoes of our loved ones if we ever receive a gift that we’re not entirely satisfied with. Imagining their perspective and what made them choose a particular gift for you will make you appreciate the spirit in which they gave it to you. The effort and love they put into the gift are usually worth far, far more than the physical thing hiding behind the Santa-spangled wrapping paper.
Meanwhile, King, from ‘Action for Happiness,’ explained that we keep ourselves happy by going out of our way to help others. Altruism has an evolutionary basis, too.
My Father Has Alzheimer's. I Brought My New Dog Home For Christmas, And He Said, "I Know I'm Going To Forget A Lot, But I'm Going To Remember This Dog For A Long Time"
This Is What I Woke Up To On Christmas After I Broke Down & Told My Brother That I Couldn't Afford To Buy Big Presents This Year Since I Could Barely Feed Myself
From A 7-11 In Allen, TX
Since we’re a social species and we live in groups, doing things for each other (and with each other) helps keep our relationships strong and builds trust. Our bodies reward us for being social and helpful. “When we do things for others, it activates the reward center in the brain, so when we give a gift, it feels the same as receiving a gift,” King said to Bored Panda.
What’s more, even tiny altruistic actions, if done every day, can turn into lifetime habits. So if you feel like you haven’t done enough for others this year, fear not—small shifts in your behavior can turn you into a more caring person that your community will adore.
93-Year-Old Toy Maker Makes 300 Wooden Trucks For Kids At Christmas
The Story Of How A Mysterious "Prowler" Saved His Family's Christmas Nearly 40 Years Ago
My Abusive Ex Hated Anything Festive. I Left Him This Year With Our Son. The Pandemic, On Top Of Starting A Whole New Life, Has Been Wild But I Was Determined To Make Christmas Special
I'm sitting here admiring our tree this morning. This first tree I've had in 9 years.
Nicest Christmas Tree I’ve Seen Yet
We Spent All Our Christmas Tree Money On Adopting This Guy Instead
We Didn't Know If My Dad Would Make It Home From The Hospital For Christmas Or At All. This Is My Parents Slow Dancing To "I'll Be Home For Christmas" On Christmas Day
Last Dose Of Chemo Done Just In Time For Christmas! It’s Been A Looong Six Months
Didn’t Get Any Gifts For Christmas Except From My Landlord. Has No Idea I’ve Been Struggling Lately
In 2017 We Escaped My Ex Husband After 8 Years Of Abuse. Charlie Has Been By My Side As I Have Fought Through Difficulties And Illnesses
I have fought through C-PTSD, Anxiety, Depression And The Year, Working As An ICU Nurse During This Pandemic.
This year we got pics for our 1st Christmas card. It may not seem like much, but I'm so excited!
If My ICU Patients Forget For Just A Few Minutes That They're Stuck In ICU Over Christmas, Then It Was All Worth It
My Niece Loves Santa Claus. My Dad Loves My Niece. Dad's Been Growing That Beard Since May
For Christmas This Year I Made 25 Homeless Backpack Care Kits
Our School Lunch Lady Made This Christmas Display By Hand
Delivery Driver Got My Son His Own UPS Truck For Christmas. My Kiddo Has Autism And Is Obsessed With Them So This Small Act Meant So Much To Him
Back story. My son is in Washington visiting his mothers side and the UPS man had to deliver some packages a couple Fay’s before Christmas. Well my son seeing a UPS truck outside the house wanted to go look at it. The driver actually took the time to talk to him and ask him his name and show him around and asked my sons mom about autism. They talked for a bit and he left. My son super happy because he got to see one up close for a longer period of time. The day before Christmas the UPS man came again but delivery a present with just my sons name on it and not his own and left. He opened it Christmas and found that inside. I don’t have the drivers name but would love to find out. Seriously it made my sons Christmas.
I Planned A Christmas Surprise For My Parents, It Went Better Than I Could Have Hoped
My Daughter Beat Cancer Today. Best Xmas Gift Ever
My Brother, With Down Syndrome, Holding His Newborn Great Niece On Christmas
After Being Married For 6 Years And Being Dirt Poor For 5 Of Them, My Wife And I Bought Our First Christmas Tree
It’s a small accomplishment, but a welcome one.
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
A Homeless Woman Caught Someone Stealing My Bike So I Had Her And Her Son Over For Christmas
A couple months ago I came outside and found a homeless woman named Ann on my stoop next to where I park my Vespa. We talked for a bit and I told her that there is a child with special needs in the building and I would appreciate it if she didn't hang out there. She totally understood. Whenever I’d see her on my neighbor’s stoop she says hi. A few nights later when she was asleep on my neighbor's stoop she caught a guy trying to steal my Vespa. She chased the dude off and called the cops.
Ann is a single mother who lost her home to medical debt. Her son has been in foster care while she sleeps on the street so that she can finish her treatment.
So I was surprised last week when she told me they were getting off the streets and into a new apartment. I asked her what I could get her for her unfurnished apartment. She said, "Nothing for me, I just wish I could give my son a real Christmas." I didn't know what to do so I told her, "Have your son write a letter to Santa. I'll make sure he gets it."
I won't be able to see my family this Christmas and I was sad about it. But thinking about this gave me something to smile about. I knew that whatever I got for my family could go well or not. But that if I got the kid anything it would be better than what I knew he'd get (nothing).
He wrote: "Dear santa if u can save mommy and don't let her die I don't want any gifts. That's what I want most. After that I want clothing and food for me and mamma. A scooter, tv, video games for learning, hatchimal, gloves scarf and hat set and mommy to get off her meds and never have to feel sick or sad again."
How could I not get a scooter for the guy whose mom saved mine from getting stolen?
Merry Christmas, Anthony. You'll be able to start the New Year with your mom and help her get better. Santa is furnishing your new apartment. I hope you like Star Wars sheets and don't mind eating mac and cheese a couple nights a week. Thanks for being tough for your mamma. Tough guys ride tough bikes.
My Little One Having A Nice Breakfast With Her Dad Who’s Finally Home From The Hospital After A Week. Just In Time For Christmas
I'm A Beekeeper, And This Is Our Christmas Card This Year
A Highlight Of My Christmas - 5 Generation Photo - Ages 93, 72, 50, 28, 0.5
My Daughter Was Hospitalized Over Christmas Three Years Ago. Since Then, Every Year She Collects Toy Donations For Kids Who Won’t Be Home For Christmas
I’m proud of her. Merry Christmas! Over 150 toys this year!
13 Years Ago Today We Found Her Hiding Under A Christmas Tree At Lowe's. We Decided To Take Her Home "Just For The Night" To Feed And Warm Her
She's been lying about not being fed ever since.
My Dog Likes To Watch Me Zoom Visit With Kids All Over The World
I Made This Charcoal Portrait Drawing For My Grandma. My Grandpa Unexpectedly Passed Away In November So I Wanted To Surprise Her For Christmas
After Two Years Of Depression, I Got My First Tree As A Single Person. Merry Christmas To All
I Don't Have Room In My Place For A Christmas Tree, So My Mom Made Me This Wreath With Built-In Lights And All The Ornaments From When I Was A Kid
This Is Cyrus, My Girlfriend And I Adopted Her Today. She Was Surrendered The Day After Christmas For Being "Too Much Dog"
We took our new pup to a park for 30 minutes and played some tug-of-war, and she's been like this for over an hour. Guess she's the right amount of dog for us.
The True Spirit Of Christmas
Every Christmas, I Have To Buy The Exact Same Toy Truck For My Brother
My brother, Max, is 25 years old and mentally about a 5 year old. He's mentally and physically disabled and the only thing he wants for Christmas is a Blue Police Hummer truck, made in 2000.
Part of his Hummer convoy, decorated for their own Thanksgiving parade. All my brother is asking for Christmas is a blue Tonka Hummer truck. Which would be a lot easier if they weren't produced in 2000. And if we hadn't bought every other one on eBay for the last 17 years. He plays with them for hours daily, so a lot of them have broken down and been used for parts over the years.
This specific model has levers on the back to adjust the winch and to move it forwards and backwards. It's also slow enough for him to keep up with.
He hates the rubber tires, so they come off immediately. It needs to have a metal hook. I've tried making him resin cast copies over the years, but he only likes the metal ones. I've tried painting the orange or red ones blue, but he can tell the difference.
It is mission impossible to find one of these trucks, but thanks to the internet Max got his new truck for Christmas!
My Dad Was A Police Officer Who Worked And Spent The Day At Major Crash Where 2 Children Had Died. I Was 3-Years-Old On Christmas Day
I only found this out today.
I Live In The Hood. Got A Text From The Elderly Lady Downstairs Asking If She Could Decorate My Door For Christmas. Came Home To This. Not Even Mad
Bought My Dad A LEGO Porsche This Christmas, He’s Been Busy Building Ever Since
Neighborhood Kids Were Using This Lady’s Yard For Sledding Without Asking. She Responded By Blasting Xmas Music Out Her Window, Putting On A Santa Hat With A Beard And Joining Them
My Wife And I Got Married Over Thanksgiving. Her Grandma Immediately Got To Work On My Christmas Stocking. She Just Finished It
My Grandma And Her Brother Have Sent Each Other The Same Christmas Card Back And Forth For 63 Years
My great uncle Wallace bought the card and sent it to my grandma in 1953 but forgot to write inside - so she kept hold of it and sent it back to him the following year, the tradition went from there!
Dog Waits 8 Months To Find A Home, Gets Adopted By Caretaker On Christmas
Grandpa Had Professional Pictures Taken Of Himself For His Christmas Cards
I Moved In With My Grandparents And Decided We Would Be Sending Out Christmas Cards This Year. We Make The Perfect Team
I love them. I do the heavy lifting, technology and driving. Grandpa gets the mail and grandma does literally everything else.
When My Neighbor Found Out We Were Covid Positive This Week, She Rushed Out And Got Us A Little Live Tree With Lights So We'd Have A Bit Of Christmas Cheer
This small gesture meant so much to me and my husband.