In a world that feels anything but normal, the dates on the calendar are a bit of a comfort to me. Though the holidays will look different this year, Christmas is still coming. Nothing can stop the wonder and beauty of a miracle baby born to save us all. And um, well . . . 

. . . nothing can stop the advertising industry from tugging on our heartstrings and tear ducts with Christmas commercials!

Haha, it’s TRUE! I saw a British McDonald’s commercial yesterday featuring an animated mom and tween boy that got me RIGHT in the boy mom feels. As the mom of 16- and 9-year-old boys, I am seriously chock full of those boy mom feels, let me tell you.

The ad brilliantly depicts every mom’s struggle to capture the attention of a son who is on the cusp of no longer being a kid. It’s so accurate it’s painful.

We watch as this animated mom seeks to connect with her kiddo through silliness and jokes, only to be rebuffed by him outwardly, even as inside, he longs to connect with her as he once did. After her many attempts, she spontaneously remembers that they way to her son’s heart might just be through his stomach, and she swings through a McDonald’s drive thru.

By the time they get home, she’s able to awaken the little boy that’s still inside her son, and they share some Christmas silliness and magic.

Take a look, but grab the tissues first: 

And all the boy moms BOO-HOO for real!

My older son is almost 17, and it’s been a real struggle for me to watch him go from the little boy who adored me to a teen who loves me but at times, could take or leave me. I can relate to this animated mom because I, too, have taken to getting him his favorite food and drink treats “just because” to show him I care. These days sharing our favorite sugary coffee drink together has to substitute for the snuggle marathons we used to have, but I will take what I can get and cherish every second! 

Being a boy mom can be brutal, but mamas, like this commercial shows, there’s always a way to their hearts.

Just keep making the effort to be what they need, when they need it. Because I promise, they love you just as much as they always did.

Every boy mom knows the feeling: when your son grows up, it feels like the slowest breakup you’ve ever known. Sob!

Jenny Rapson

Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at her blog, Mommin' It Up, or follow her on Twitter.