This is a wonderful time of the year, where friends and family gather in love and harmony — in theory.
Unfortunately, not everyone is able to embrace the holiday spirit.
For reasons ranging from familial fallings-out, to a lack of available friends, to having no living relatives, to simply having to work over the holidays, many people the world over will be spending Christmas alone. Meanwhile, many others will spend the day surrounded by people but wishing they were by themselves instead.
The holidays can be a trying time for everyone, so English comedian Sarah Millican came up with an initiative to help people make it through. In 2010 she started the #joinin hashtag on Twitter, aimed at bringing tidings of comfort and joy to anyone struggling through this time of year. Read more…
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They begin in a similar way: Someone sneaks down a hallway, stealthily opens a door, quietly comes down stairs. Then everyone starts screaming and hugging and someone almost always cries.
Over the past few days, people have been tweeting videos recorded as they surprise their loved ones who didn’t expect them to be home for the holidays. The reveals have become so prevalent that Twitter made a moment to mark the trend.
Watch a selection of the surprise videos below and let them warm your heart.
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