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Christmas Past

I was sitting here thinking about my mother. God, she loved Christmas. Tears started to fill my eyes. I was about to get sad, then I remembered something that made me laugh so hard.

I remembered the day my mother bought this artificial tree. I was about 10. She was complaining about the price. She said, "Damn this tree is high [expensive]... this gone last." I heard her but I was so excited about the tree that I didn't pay her any attention. I just kept on decorating the tree. Putting lights and ornaments on it. Then, she said, "And these damn lights and ornaments were high too." I just kept on smiling.

So after Christmas had passed, I saw her put the entire artificial tree back in the box that it came in, with the lights and decorations and all still attached to the tree. She just threw it in the box and the next year, you guessed it, she just pulled it out and plugged it in and said, "Don't it still look good?" I didn't have the heart to tell her that the Christmas tree looked like a Christmas shrub. LOL. Most of the lights had burned out, but she didn't care. All she remembered was the $17.95 that she paid for it. I was so glad when I made some money to buy her another tree... You think Charlie Brown had a horrible looking tree? I wish I had a picture of that branch she called a tree.

Merry Christmas y'all. If your mother is alive, savor every precious moment.

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  • Ms. T NJ

    Peace & blessings to you Tyler. Yes, cherish your memories for they'll last you a lifetime. Oh, poor Charlie Brown - he tried to get a nice tree. Glad to hear you spared your moms feelings the second year. Merry Christmas Tyler & continued blessings.

  • Catina Goldsborough Bridgeton, New Jersey

    Hi Tyler (Abraham), I had a scare with my mother a few days ago. in 2001, my mother had a kidney transplant. She has been fine for years, but on Dec. 12, of this year, she was told to immediate come to Einstein University Medical Hospital (Philly) the next day; and bring an overnight bag. The results from her blood tests that Monday indicated that her kidney was in trouble. My heart sunk because I lost my grandmother (her mother) in February of '07 and my dad in February of '08; both on the 12th. So hearing this news felt like someone had punched me in the stomach with a cement glove. We prayed and took her there the next day and was told that her kidney was "borderline failing!" WHAT...!!!? i just felt numb. I looked over at her and the fear that was on her face when she came in quickly turned into a look of defeat. She loves Christmas just as much as you say your mother did. It is our favorite time of year. We have seven trees because one is not enough and seven sound mores complete...LOL! With prayer, fasting and faith, she returned home on the 17th all pumped up with steroids (prednisone) and complaining about how big her legs look now! She gave strict instructions for us not to touch her tree...us meaning my son and me...even though we decorated six of the seven trees...LOL! But I understand loss and how it showers down at memorable times and holidays. You are not alone, Sweetheart! God has a host of angels camped around you and I believe that your mother is one of them...watching over you as she always did...Be blessed Baby Boy...you are not alone...you have us! I can't speak for anyone else but myself, you have touched my heart so many times in so many ways that I can't even begin to tell you. You have been my Oprah Winfrey!!! I would like to have known you so that I could invite you over for Christmas...we would have enjoyed being with you! Merry Christmas, Love...Be happy, that is what Ms. Maxine would have wanted...Be Blessed, that is what God wants for you, and know that you are loved, that is what I want for you! Oh by the way a couple of these trees are shrubs too...mom just says "they need to stretch"...Tyler, the tree is artificial! Where is it stretching...seriously! Your message was touching then it made me crack up..$17.95...lolololololol!!!

  • Zuzana NC

    Great memory! I have a reverse memory ( that I will share at my sons wedding day with pleasure) freshly made few days ago however I can absolutely relate to your mom saving that dollar. Been there, done that. With a little 2 feet tall tree that I just threw away... With the decorations! The were not reusable anymore, haha. Anyway, I enjoyed your story. ;) thanks for sharing:)

  • Lesa R. Texas

    Sounds so familiar. Our first little tree was a hand me down. My sister actually won it at school. It was the most pathetic looking thing with homemade decorations,popcorn and all. but at the same time the most beautiful thing. I always said that the teacher gave it to her because she felt sorry for us because she knew that my family couldn't afford one. Every little shrug just needs a little bit of love, and grooming and it will become the most perfect, beautiful tree. I think Charlie Brown had that figured out long before the rest of us. I remember this will be the 2nd or 3rd year that your mom won't be with you physically for Christmas, but know she is here in spirit and love. Remember all the good things, the good times, because we shouldn't waste precious time on bad things or negativity. I lost my mom two years ago on Easter, and the last two have been the most difficult time to get through. May you have a wonderful Christmas, remembering that Jesus is the true reason for this season, and we will both get through it divinely. You're a good man Charlie Brown. Had to through in a little humor to keep you laughing. P.S. I have a strong inkling that our paths will cross in the near future.

  • Karen Brown Marion, IL

    Sending warm Christmas Greetings your way. My thoughts and prayers are with you this season. Missing your MOM can be difficult yet continue to remember the good times. Blessings Karen

  • Tami Ft.Lauderdale,FL

    Lawd have mercy!! I guess mama said for this $17 plus, that tree gon have to Jump out the box every year,(READY ROSE)!!! Bol!! Too funny!!

  • Shail Kamini Ramcharan Gainesville, Florida USA

    Dear Mr. Perry, Lots of great memories...Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! All the Best...Shail

  • Jeannie standing with the wise men!

    Hi tyler...Thanks for sharing that.. How are you feeling? A tree is a tree is a tree is a tree. Real ones grow from roots and the artifical ones grow more precious with each year they are kept and remembered. I see you have roots as far back as your childhood although you have since gotten one ten times better, the memories will never die of how The branch and the root of Jessie has blessed your life..Baby...you are that Christmas tree, standing tall and shinning bright that the world might see that "Jesus" is love....and that HIS love is everlasting and real.

  • Fikile Johannesburg, S A

    I'm going to share this story with my colleagues because we did exactly that with our. Christmas trees! LOL.

  • Ann

    OMG, Tyler that was too funny. I still hear my moms voice everytime I'm in her kitchen trying to cook. Trust, having me in the kitchen is a challenge. I miss my mom everytime I put a pot on the stove because I never know what the outcome may be.....lol Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful holiday!!!!

    • Ann #1775626

      Oh yeah, I forgot to say thank you for Patrice Lovely. I don't where you found Hattie Mae but I'm so glad you did.....lol She's tooo funny. I love her in the Christmas Play and I Don't want to Do Wrong....OMG tooooo funny. I must tell you about that prayer Palmer Williams prayed in I dont want to do wrong was awesome and that song was the icing on the cake. PLEASE do a soundtrack to that play because all of the songs were great. ESPECIALLY that last song. I tear up everytime I hear it and the prayer. Sometimes I skip to that scene just to hear the prayer and the song. Thank you so much for your vision!!!!!

  • phillip

    great story, thanks for sharing, you know that made me burst out in laughter thank you, all that tree needed was love and you all gave it love.

  • LaShonda Lumberton, NC

    Those were the good times!

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