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.
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 When The Christmas Card Photo Shoot With The Sheep Goes Wrong
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#2 Not Only Did Grandpa Already Have This Shirt, He Was Wearing It When He Unwrapped It
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#3 My Dad Made Me These “Decorative Trees” In His Workshop For Christmas
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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.
#4 I Lost A Bet Tonight. I Bet My Wife The Tree Would Be Up 6 Hours Before The Cats Demolished It. They Waited For 7 Hours. Clean Up At 2 Am
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#5 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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#6 Brother And His Boyfriend, Maybe?
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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.
#7 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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#8 My Cousin Got A Drone For Christmas
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#9 Our Stab At A Crescent Roll Christmas Tree. Pretty Sure It Looks Like A Dinosaur
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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.
#10 Merry Christmas!
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#11 Isnt That Called Arson?
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#12 Closing The Oven Door With Your Foot Whilst Cooking Christmas Dinner
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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.
#13 My Mom Is Struggling To Comprehend Secret Santa
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#14 My Cousin Was *wrapping Presents
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#15 Christmas Tree Expectations vs. Reality
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#16 When Your Parents Wrap Your Presents Last Minute
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#17 Those “Reindeer”
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#18 Grandma Likes To Get Us Puzzles For Christmas. She Thought It Was An Elf
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#19 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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#20 I Used Chocolate Bells Instead Of Kisses. Is It Me Or Did I Just Make Christmas B***s?
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#21 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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#22 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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#23 Christmas Ice Marbles Expectations vs. Reality
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#24 Merry Christmas Everyone
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#25 Paul Hollywood’s Kransekake
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#26 Buddy At Work Secret Santa Party Legit Just Got Gifted The Same Shirt He Is Wearing
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#27 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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#28 The Disappointment In My Face After Getting The Same Shirt I’m Wearing For Christmas When I Was 11
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#29 Went To The Office Holiday Party. Didn’t Know Corporate Was Going To Be There
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#30 This Is How Well Our Christmas Card Photoshoot Is Going
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#31 A Friend Of Mine Just Sent Me This. It Was The Christmas Dinner
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#32 To Cook A Christmas Turkey
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#33 My Neighbors Christmas Spirit Is Bigger Than His Door
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#34 This Church Ad
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#35 “No Kids It’s Not Santa Just Uncle Jeff Trying To Get The Damn Tree”
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#36 How My Neighbor’s Christmas Decorations Are Connected
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#37 Merry Xmas From My Family To Yours
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#38 My Brother Fell From The Attic And Landed In My Room.
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#39 Opened The Wrapping On A Fancy New Book With A Pen. I Hate Myself
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#40 Merry Christmas Eve, Y’all!
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#41 Got A Game For Christmas That Didn’t Even Have The Game, Parents Paid 60$ For A Plastic Shell
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#42 Merry Christmas, Mom
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#43 This Basically Sums Up Traveling With Our Toddler. Merry Christmas
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#44 Tom’s 1st Christmas
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#45 My Boyfriend Said He Made Holiday Cookies
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#46 Trying To Watch My Kids Christmas Concert
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#47 Spent Hours Making These Cupcakes And My Aunt Put Them In The Oven So They Were Out Of The Way, Yet The Oven Was On And They Melted
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#48 Waking Up To This After Accidentally Leaving The Window Open. Merry Christmas
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#49 Not Quite The Idyllic Festive Image I Had In My Head Of How Making Gingerbread Would Turn Out
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#50 When Your Mum (Santa) Accidentally Writes Your Name On Your Little Brothers Christmas Present
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#51 We Tried
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#52 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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#53 “I Don’t Feel Like Messing With The Whole Tree, I’ll Just Do One Of Those Wall Trees I Saw On The Internet”
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#54 Merry Christmas
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#55 Dragged My Husband Christmas Shopping On A Hangover. He Was A Great Help
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