Christmas is a time to be generous – but a video prankster decided to take the sentiment to new extremes.

Serial joker Roman Atwood set out to see how homeless people would react if they were suddenly showered with Christmas gifts.

The prank sees him dress as a red elf as he surprises people sleeping on park benches by leaving a Christmas tree and a bunch of presents for when they wake up.

Atwood says the delight that he encountered as a result of his actions made it one of the most touching projects of his pranking career.

He also leaves a giant tree and a bunch of presents outside a homeless shelter, where he gives away doughnuts and coffee as people open the packages filled with warm socks and blankets.

The resulting video is approaching 10 million views on YouTube, so go ahead and watch it below – and for more clips go to Meanwhile if you want to watch some great live TV on the web over Christmas head to

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