The holidays are a time for giving. That's the lesson we've all been taught since our childhood, and luckily, some people never forget it. That's especially true for Tim Hortons customers, who seem to be keeping up a special holiday tradition this year.\nRecently on Twitter, people are sharing their experiences going to Tim Hortons and having the person in front of them pay for their order. It's a small gesture, but it means a lot to people, especially on a cold winter day when they really need a coffee!\nPaying it forward at Tim Hortons is the kind of thing that reminds you what the holidays are all about. The customers don't necessarily know each other, yet they offer this gesture of kindness.\nThe idea is to then pay the gesture forward and do the same thing for the people behind you, or to even just do something else kind for someone. A man who paid it forward at Timmies in 2017 even ended up saving someone's life.\nIn most cases, these customers don't even end up interacting in any way. People have tweeted about pulling up to the drive-thru window only to be told by the Tim Hortons staff that their order was already paid for. They've also tweeted about someone in line in front of them sneakily paying for their order.\nTo whoever paid for my breakfast @TimHortons in #BellsCorners #ottawa this morning thank you! I made sure to #PayItForward I wonder how many people carried it on. #faithrestored #holidays #freebreakfast— Elizabeth Mavor (@lizmavor) December 17, 2019\nPaid for a womans coffee and tea buscuit in the Tim Hortons drive thru this morning. Felt good! You should give it a try....pay it forward!P.S. It'll keep you off the naughty list 😉— Crystal 🇨🇦 (@Crystalized_82) December 18, 2019\nPaid it forward in the drive thru line at Tim Hortons— Jeani McNamee (@jeani_mcnamee) December 17, 2019\nSomeone paid for my drink in the #timhortons drive through today so I paid it forward and it FELT GREAT. So #YGK let's share the acts of kindness we give and receive this holiday season using the hashtag #BeKindYGK. I can't wait to see them all! pic.twitter.com/vu2VwsK4qA— Sexual Assault Centre Kingston (@sackingston) December 17, 2019\nsome girl honked at me for not moving half an inch up immediately in the drive thru at tim hortons so i paid for her order 🙂 it’s the holidays people cmon— bekah (@bekahdoerr) December 18, 2019\nBuy someone’s coffee behind you today. I personally paid for some @TimHortons breakfast sandwiches for people behind me. It’s the little things 💙— Cody Jones (@JonezyCS) December 18, 2019\n"To whoever paid for my breakfast [at Tim Hortons] in [Bell's Corners, Ottawa] this morning thank you! I made sure to #PayItForward I wonder how many people carried it on." wrote Twitter user @lizmavor.\n"Paid for a woman's coffee and tea [biscuit] in the Tim Hortons drive thru this morning. Felt good! You should give it a try....pay it forward! P.S. It'll keep you off the naughty list 😉" wrote @Crystalized_82\nThe person in front of me at Tim Hortons paid for my meal 😢😢— Lexi Bapst (@AlexiB14) December 18, 2019\nMy mom said that she was in the drive thru for Tim hortons today and the person in front of her paid for her order 🥺🥺🥺🥺 so sweet— Jessnuts roasting on an open fire 🔥🎄⛄️❄️ 🐰 (@jessicaahyfr) December 18, 2019\nOn a day when I feel rotten and sick with the flu, BIG THANKS to the person who paid for my order in the Timmy’s Drive thru line today, Merry Christmas to you as well! @TimHortons #payitforward pic.twitter.com/NMPZnafH0u— Cynthia Steeves (@cynthia_steeves) December 19, 2019\nThe vehicle ahead of me @TimHortons paid for me. So, of course I pay it forward to the vehicle behind me. Happy Friday y’all!!— Amanda (@GirlgoinN0where) December 20, 2019\nSomeone paid it forward at Tim Hortons and paid for my family’s breakfast. So we continued it on and paid it forward to the next car. Good start to the last day of school before break. #SeasonOfGiving— MrJody (@JodySargent) December 20, 2019\nToday someone in front of me bought my coffees this morning at #TimHortons, and made my day😭😭😭♥️♥️♥️ #payitforwards Merry Christmas❄️❄️ pic.twitter.com/cIp337ou7R— Sweet Nadaline (@nadiinegreer) December 20, 2019\nthe lady in front of me @ tim hortons paid for my breakfast & coffee this morning 🥺— thatshortb🧚🏼♀️💫 (@thatshortb) December 20, 2019\nwe’re in tim hortons drive thru and it was like a 17$ order. so we get up to pay and they’re like “don’t worry the person in front of you paid” wuttttt— ❃ 𝔾 (@giillliiaann) December 20, 2019\nUpdate 1:Coworker running other errands came in and offered to cover so I could take a coffee break. Turned out I was person number four in a pay-it-forward chain at Tim Hortons (so of course I paid for the two women after me to keep the chain going)— amy elsie, mfa (@blameames) December 20, 2019\nI’m gonna go to Tim hortons today, get me a coffee, and then pay for whoever’s order is after mine— lacey jane (@laceyjane135) December 20, 2019\nTo the guy that paid for my tim hortons this morning love youuuu— chlo (@salyerchloe1110) December 20, 2019\nwent to tim hortons to get an everything bagel w/ cream cheese. the guy in front of me orders the same thing & I think wow what a coincidence. then he turns around and asks if I want it bc the guy in front of him bought him a sandwich!! it’s the little things in life y’all 🥰— teets (@teeteeranae) December 20, 2019\nI paid for the person's order behind me in the Tim Hortons drive thru this morning on my way to work 😊 #RandomActsOfKindness— Paper7 Chaser (@ChaserPaper7) December 20, 2019\nAnd, guess what? Somebody paid for my order. #Buffalo #WNY @TimHortons— Dan Borrello (@danborrello) December 19, 2019\nThe tradition has even reached at least one Tim Hortons location in the United States, with @danborrello writing, "And, guess what? Somebody paid for my order. #Buffalo #WNY @TimHortons."\nAll of this paying it forward is a great way to remind everyone that despite all of the stress and spending that can come with the holidays, some people are still willing to do something kind for a complete stranger!\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.