This boy receiving adoption papers on Christmas Day will bring tears to your eyes

An 11-year-old boy was given the best surprise of his life this Christmas. In a sweet gesture, Landon Rice was seen unwrapping a framed certificate which states his mother’s husband had officially adopted him.

The heartwarming footage - which was recorded in their family home by Landon’s mother, Janelle, sees the young boy break down in tears as he starts to read the legal document. According to WWL-TV, Landon was just five months old when his mother started dating her now-husband Daniel Rice.

Janelle and Daniel, who have been married for ten years, share two children together as well as Landon. Speaking to Mashable, Janelle revealed how her eldest child always wanted to be adopted by her partner.

"When he was about five years old we heard it first," she explained. "Because he said he wanted to 'marry daddy' the way I did, so he could have the same last name."

"At his fifth grade graduation in May, he was called up to the stage to get his 'diploma' and he told his teachers he wanted to go by Landon Rice (rather than his birth last name) - that's when we knew we had to begin," she continued.

Watch the cute vide above

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