D’aaw! One Irish lad gave his mam the surprise of her LIFE this week

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It's almost Christmas, which means it's time for your Facebook timeline to start filling up with surprise homecoming videos.

We've seen everything from people hiding in cardboard boxes to organising airport flashmobs – but this latest video is simple in its perfection.

Sit on the couch and wait until your mam walks in – John McAleenan from Rostrevor, Co. Down had the right idea when he flew home from New York to surprise his family.

Probably one of the best things I've ever done, so glad to be home after a year x #christmassurprise

Posted by John McAleenan on Saturday, 12 December 2015

It "had to be done" said John of the sweet video, which has racked up 23,000 views since it was posted over the weekend.

His mammy's reaction is oh-so adorable, and we'll just say this – have the tissues at the ready.

Happy Christmas!

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