4 of the Best Viral Holiday Stories

What happens when the Internet explodes with the joy of human kindness and Christmas spirit?

By Alison Caporimo

An Airline Answers Patrons Prayers

Canadian airline WestJet delivered holiday cheer for 250 passengers on a flight to Calgary. The airline placed a digital Santa Claus at an airport, and asked passengers what they wanted for Christmas. While the customers were in the air, 175 Westjet workers at the destination sprinted to nearby stores and bought everything, from socks to a big-screen TV. As sleepy passengers went to baggage claim for their belongings, out came all of the presents.



Little Girl Signs Her School Holiday Concert for Her Deaf Parents

Five-year-old Claire Koch used sign language during her kindergarten Christmas concert to make sure her deaf parents wouldn't miss out. With her fingers and attitude, Claire sang Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, and more—and stole the show.



Lonely Woman Finds a Family on Craigslist

Recently, 26-year-old Jackie Turner posted a Craigslist ad offering to rent a mom and dad for the holidays, since the California native doesn't have family to swap presents with. Turner also offered to pay the couple $8 an hour to hang out with her on Christmas. The result: Turner received so many offers that she had to shut down her ad. And instead of just two guests, she will spend the holidays with a giant, makeshift family made up of various people who responded to her ad.


Courtesy of A Cup of Common Wealth

A Broken-In Business Gives Gifts

In early December 2013 various small businesses, including A Cup of Common Wealth coffee shop in Lexington, KY, were robbed. Instead of standing by, the coffee shop put their pay-it-forward movement into effect: Anyone who shops at a targeted store gets a free cup of coffee. The coffee shop is also sharing its Christmas tree with the town, inviting residents to pick up or drop off a gift.


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