This Old Man Seems To Hate Seeing A Family Move In – Until He Spots The Mom Struggling Next Door

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People often say that the elderly can become set in their ways. So when one old man’s peaceful existence was ruined by a young family moving in next door, he was not happy. However, he noticed that the mom appeared to be having a tough time.

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In November 2017 a video emerged on YouTube that tugged at the heartstrings of all those who saw it. At its center, it starred an elderly man who appears to be a little grumpy. However, all is not as it seems.

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The footage opens with the man in question snoozing peacefully in his armchair. However, his slumber is short-lived as he is rudely awoken by a shrieking noise. Glancing through the window, the guy realizes that the cacophony is coming from a young family. And he is, no doubt, horrified to realize that they are moving in next door.

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The old man looks on in disdain as the excitable clan struggle with their boxes. However, it soon becomes clear that this won’t be the last time that the energetic family will interrupt their neighbor’s peaceful life.

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In the following scene, the kids from next door enjoy a water fight with a hose in their own backyard. However, as they squeal with joy, their crabby neighbor pops his head over the fence and issues an intimidating glare.

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Next, the man is washing the dishes in his kitchen when he hears a smashing noise from outside. He peers out just in time to see one of the young boys receiving a scolding from his mother. “Get inside,” she cries, as the little kid makes a run for it.

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Once the child is out of sight, the mom crouches down and begins to clean up a smashed coffee pot. As her next door neighbor looks on, it’s clear to see that she is weary. From her face, it seems as though being the mother of boisterous kids is not always easy.

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In the next part of the video, the old man can be seen purchasing a new coffee maker. When he returns home, he pretends to go and throw it away. But when he reaches his trash can he sees the mom from next door. So he offers her the item.

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Believing she is getting her neighbor’s hand-me-down, the woman happily accepts. Little does she know that the man had watched her breakdown in the yard over her broken coffee pot. As a result, the man’s altruistic actions go unnoticed.

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At this point, it appears that the man may have put his issues with the young family to one side. However, from the look he throws the little boy after the kind encounter, it seems that he’s still not a fan of children.

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But in the following scene, it becomes evident that the neighbor isn’t as cantankerous as he appears. After witnessing the children’s father on the porch, trying to cool down his baby by waving a newspaper, the older man decides to “clear out” his fan. The next we see of the brand-new appliance, it’s in the possession of the dad next door.

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Towards the end of the video, it becomes clear that Christmas is upon us. In the children’s house, someone has already laid out some cookies and milk in anticipation of Santa’s arrival. However, before the big man can enjoy his treats, one of the little boys steals them.

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But this time the mischievous youngster has honorable intentions. He takes the snacks next door to his grouchy neighbor, and leaves them on the doorstep. The kid then alerts the old man with a ring of the doorbell. While his parents appear unaware of the man’s kindness, his actions haven’t gone unnoticed by their son.

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The man soon arrives at his door with a face like thunder. However, when he looks down and sees the sweet surprise, a smile involuntarily breaks out across his face. In an instant he knows exactly where the gift has come from. So, he glances towards the house next door to see the little boy looking at him from a window.

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It’s at that point that the heartwarming footage comes to an end. However, not before the moving video’s tagline appears on the screen. The message is plain and simply reads, “The magic of Christmas.”

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The video was produced by Farmers, a department store brand in New Zealand. It was made as part of the company’s Christmas 2017 marketing campaign. And the goal was straightforward – to produce “New Zealand’s favorite Christmas ad,” Farmers’ creative director Tony Clewett explained to the website StopPress in 2017.

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Revealing the concept behind the advert, Clewett explained, “We really wanted to tell the story of a noisy family that moves next door to a grumpy old man, who softens during the story.” So, while the man appears to be irritable, he’s actually eager to help the young family – hence his gifts.

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When the ad arrived on YouTube, a short caption explained, “This is the touching Christmas story of a gruff old man on a secret mission to help his neighbors and the unexpected gift he gets in return.”

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And it appears that the emotional narrative really resonated with viewers. The video of the ad on YouTube has gone on to attract more than one million watches. Furthermore, it has received a number of complimentary comments.

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One impressed viewer wrote, “Easily the best and most emotional add on NZ TV at the moment. Says an awful lot. Children will always see past the exterior and see the ‘Santa’ within. Adults could learn a lot.”

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