To many, it's the most wonderful time of the year. Now that the calendar has turned to December, let's take a look at some of the best Christmas stories of recent years. 

From mall Santa magic, to wonderful surprises, to Americans coming together, there are so many stories each year that bring us Christmas cheer. 

Take a look at some of our faves below and follow Fox News on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the best stories to share this season.


Little Boy Prays With Santa for Christmas Miracle

A little boy made a selfless request when he met Santa at a South Carolina mall, asking St. Nick to pray with him for a sick baby.

Four-year-old Prestyn Barnette asked Santa for a miracle for baby Knox Joseph, who at the time was is 2 months old and on life support.

Rebekah Lauren Sharpe


Little Girl Has Irresistible Encounter with Santa Look-Alike at Walmart

This gem of a video was impossible not to watch.

It came to us from Hurricane, West Virginia, where a little girl named Sophie Jo spotted a man who just happened to look a lot like Santa Claus.

What followed was an absolutely adorable exchange with a man named Roger, who played right along in the middle of Walmart.


PHOTOS: Mall Santa Goes Above and Beyond for Autistic Boy

Courtesy of Autism Speaks and Maeghan Pawley

Erin Deely explained that her six-year-old son, Brayden, who was diagnosed with autism at age three, was feeling shy when it was his turn to meet St. Nick at an Autism Speaks Caring Santa event in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Rather than wait to see if Brayden might come to his lap, the caring Santa got right on the ground with the boy and started playing with Brayden and his toys!


READ: The Christmas Love Letter from Ronald Reagan to Nancy

At the March 2016 funeral of Nancy Reagan, we heard the touching love letter that was written to her by President Ronald Reagan to mark their first Christmas in the White House.

Here's a portion:

Fortunately, all these women in my life are you - fortunately for me that is, for there could be no life for me without you. Browining asked: 'How do I love thee - let me count the ways?' For there is no way to count. I love the whole gang of you - Mommie, first lady, the sentimental you, the fun you, and the peewee power house of you.

And oh yes, one other very special you - the little girl who takes a 'nana' to bed in case she gets hungry in the night. I couldn't and don't sleep well if she isn't there - so please always be there.

Merry Christmas you all - with all my love.


Santa Poses With Sleeping Baby for an Amazingly Adorable Photo Shoot

A photo of Santa and a baby sharing a snooze was a huge hit on social media.

Little Zeke Walters fell asleep while waiting to meet Santa at an Indiana mall, so Santa improvised...


Son Stuns Parents By Revealing He Paid Off Their Mortgage

Joe Riquelme posted a video on YouTube which shows the moment that his parents learned that he paid off their mortgage for Christmas.

A simple note read: "Your house is paid off. Merry Xmas." The video has been watched more than 11 MILLION times...


Newborn Baby Found in Christmas Nativity Manger at Church

Some called it an early Christmas miracle. A newborn baby was found lying inside a manger at a New York church.

The little boy, whose name was not known, was found nestled within a nativity scene by a church official.


Single Mom Gets Amazing Pre-Christmas Surprise from Local Police

Just a week before Christmas, a New Jersey woman was spotted driving around in a severely damaged SUV.

It could have prompted a slew of traffic violations for the cash-strapped single mother, but Washington Township police decided to do the opposite.

They teamed up with local businesses to get the car repaired at no cost.


Christmas Cards & Donations Pour in for Little Girl Who Lost Family in Fire

The Christmas wish of one little girl who lost her family in a fire inspired thousands of donations and Christmas cards.

Safyre Terry lost her father and three siblings in an arson fire in Schenectady, N.Y. Safyre, who was left with burns on more than 75 percent of her body, had only one Christmastime request: to decorate her entire tree with cards.

Her story went viral and thousands made her wish come true.