The holiday season is the perfect time to celebrate life, love and family. It's a time to reflect on the importance of loved ones and be thankful for those around you, and for what you've been blessed with.

But, the German supermarket chain EDEKA, gives us a glimpse at the sadder side of the holidays in this 2015 Christmas ad. It features an elderly gentleman, sitting at his dining room table all alone.

He's already been informed by his children and grandchildren that they won't be coming to spend the holidays with him because, well, they're just too busy to make it, but they'll all try to make plans for next year.

Then, tragedy strikes, and the children are notified that their father has died.

Or at least that's what they've been led to believe. Unbeknownst to them, their father has faked his own death. "How else could I have brought you all together?" he says as they walk through the door of his home.

Well, sometimes you gotta do whatcha gotta do!

Take a look:

It's such a relief when the old man sticks his head out from behind the door frame! I actually felt like crying! And isn't it wonderful to see the entire family gathered around the table for dinner?!

This commercial is the perfect reminder of just how important it is to reconnect with family during the holidays. None of us truly knows whether or not we'll even be around for the next holiday season.

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