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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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  • Jennette Alexander Houston,Texas

    Hello Mr.Perry..i know you a busy man..if u have time can you please go to youtube and view Alexis Mays poem about those 26 children who was killed in New Town..im sure it will touch your spirit..Its called..New Town a letter to u..please if u can bless her with just your openion..thank you..may God keep blessing u

  • Martha Fayetteville, NC

    Spend time with family and friends and treasure all those precious moments. Happy New Year to all!

  • Caty Orlando, FL

    Tyler, I just read the story about the Christmas tree which I had to share with my niece. I needed that laugh and appreciate you share that story. I know during the holiday is tough when you are missing your loved ones. My nephew was killed on Sept. 11, 2011 and since then our lives hasn't been the same. He was only 19 when he was killed same age as my son. May God continue to give us the strength to deal with our lose. Happy New Year!!! Love, Caty

  • Traci Memphis,Tennessee

    Yes, savor every precious moment. Have a Happy New Year!


    Tyler, this story made me think of my Mom. China Anne, Lauryn, Sierra and Gabe miss you and we all miss House of Payne. Hope we can work together again soon. Your sets are too much fun to be on! Hugs to you, Shontell PS - I'm writing up a storm. Hope I make you proud ;-)

  • Ana Alarcon Miami

    I can totally relate to the beauty of that love you so deeply feel for your mom. It was also so wonderful to hear how a a simple memory of her during the holidays made you laugh. My mom is still living and so present in my life. I do treasure every second I have with her now and know that the day she passes, I have countless memories that will also bring me laughter. Having raised 2 daughters alone was hard. She is my rock and will always be my greatest cheerleader. She gets me..... and knows exactly how I feel at all times. With all the struggles we had throughout the years, the intimate moments we shared talking, laughing, even crying together are priceless to me. I know that I will one day feel your pain but for now, I wake up each morning thanking God for giving me the blessing of having her as a mom. Not everyone has the gift of having moms like ours. I will keep you in my prayers to get you through the Holidays with only joyous moments celebrating her life. Thank you so much for sharing your heart. You have a huge one and I appreciate it and value it. You are gift to the world and you have such an amazing annointing. Believe it or not.. I do thank God for you too....everyday.

  • Will Augusta,ga

    This story makes me smile inside. Mother Maxine feels like a woman with good humor. I am thankful you got to experience a good mother. I know you will cherish all the moments such as these. Please never stop sharing the love. Thank you Ty.

  • Debbie Sisk Norcross, Georgia

    Your Christmas memories are heart warming. We are blessed to be able to remember and recreate memories of our loved ones in our minds. With that said, I lost my "Mother" December 4, 1997, 12:40 a.m. Fortunately, because Mom's blood runs throughout my veins,I am able to embrace life and holidays with limited tears of sorrow. As a result, she will always be with me. Additionally, Mom and I continue to visit throughout my dreams. For the most part, it is comforting to mentally talk, laugh, and see Mom even though, she is resting peacefully. Finally, I lost my "Father" November 5, 2001 at 5:45 a.m. Equally, Dad and I visit throughout my dreams. Above all, because his blood runs throughout my veins, it is comforting to know that he too, will always be with me. When you lose a loved one, remember to focus on the "good of their legacy!" Bless you all! Sincerely, Debbie Sisk

  • Abigail Grimes Sydney Australia

    I love that you share things like this... it's also our first Christmas without our mother who died suddenly while on holidays with my dad and brothers family. The day she was suppose to fly home she went to her heavenly home instead, 6 short months ago when my baby was only 3 months old. I loved and enjoyed my mum and our friendship so much when she was here, there was no woman I loved more, being the only daughter we shared a special bond. And every time I start to miss her I see her standing in the presence of God, hands raised and worshiping just like she did on earth. She is in perfect health, enjoying perfect peace, experiencing perfect love. This woman who didn't know her mother and had a terrible example for a father went on to pour her life out to bless others, the only thing she loved more than her family was God himself. She deserves the rest, the relief, the reward that she is now receiving. Through the way she lived her life she began a legacy which we, her children and grandchildren, will continue. You're mum sounds like she was made of the same stuff, a different kind of special. Go on and live out your purpose impacting this generation for God the way she raised you to do. You will see her again, soon enough. Praying for comfort and strength in those quiet moments and reassurance and perfect peace for those difficult struggles. God bless you.

  • Suhail Castro CT

    Mr. Perry, thank you for sharing your stories. I am sorry that your mother is not here with us but I am sure she is here in spirit watching over you. Don't stop speaking out loud. Take Care, Su

  • Rosa Robertson Greensburg

    Hi There, I were reading what you wrote about your Mother,bring back memories about mines.You see she passed away about a year again. She were from Greensburg, La. as a fact my brother does your Father hair and your nephew too. I'm writing because my daughter is getting marry March 16,2013, and I wanting o know if you rent your cars, if so please let me know. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  • Irene Chism Rowlett, Texas

    @@Hello Tyler, Happy New Year, Glad to see that you're busy as usual. I haven't seen your movie but that's on the agenda. You been keeping a journal. I going to start one _ in 2013. Going back to school, being a granny and getting laid off. It's something I think that will help me stay on track. Because I know God got me. Have you ever thought about doing a play or movie about the last 4 years. The recession ,President Barack Obama and the way the government and state treat people.

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