A man dressed up as Buddy from Elf to meet his biological father for the first time – but he didn’t get the joke.

Doug Henning, 43, said his father ‘probably thought he was a lunatic’ after he wore a costume matching Will Ferrell’s character’s outfit in the 2003 film.

As his father Raul walked out of the airport, Doug sang: ‘I was adopted, but you never knew I was born.

‘And now you found me, and you’re here, and guess what: I love you, I love you, I love you!’

Elf tells the tale of Buddy, a human who was adopted and raised by Santa’s elves and heads to New York City to meet his biological father while spreading Christmas cheer.

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Raul was left baffled as he had never seen the film, Boston.com reports. Nonetheless, he hugged Doug and said: ‘Oh my son, my boy.’

Doug was inspired to stage the stunt after seeing the movie two days before the big meeting.

He said: ‘It was a really good way to break the ice. We ultimately sat down as a family and watched the movie.’

Before Raul flew in to Eliot, Maine, for thanksgiving, the pair had just spoken on Zoom.

Raul never knew Doug was born – but Doug had tracked his father down in March after a cousin helped him connect with one of his sisters. 

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