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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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  • Sheneith Hawkins Dallas,Tx.

    Hey T, how are you doing? Better yet, what are you doing? Some of the family(my older Brother & his girlfriend, My niece -Tiff & Her husband, baby son & her in laws) came to town today mostly for Christmas & also the Cowboys & Saints game here on tomorrow. So, we all just got in from a Pre-Game Party. Yes, I joined them this time. We had a lovely & fun time all together. Now I'm in bed. My car won't be fixed until Monday. Which means I will be eChurching in the morning. :-) What you been up to? I'm excited about your newest movie which hits theaters this March! You be doing it, don't you? It seems to be very interesting. As to which all your movie are. I hope to know what all it takes to write, direct & produce. I guess you are saying, why Sheneith, would u like to do it one day? No, not to my knowledge. I just wanna know someday. From what I see it is very time consuming. Meaning the entire process. :-) Does that mean I'm curious? LOL. How about I'm just rather interested in what you do, TP! :-) It's not a bad thing, its actually a good thing. Let me tell it! Lol.. :P So, what are your plans this Christmas? Will we be hearing from you anytime soon. :-) Hopefully, yes! I enjoy hearing what you have to share, & what you are thinking. I see you to be one interesting person. I hope this season isn't too hard for you. And I hope you find a way to ease your mind & find all the comfort you need. Thanks for this post, T! I really appreciate you sharing you & your mother's memories with us. :-) You know you are the best, right! Like, you know I'm reading your comments, rights! Lol... You're so amazing to me. Thanks & Good night. I LOVE u! Why? Just Because! Is that good enough? It's gonna have to be. Lol... Ttyl... Hugs & Kisses. Song: "You Bring Me Joy!" :-)

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  • Patti Ivy Nashville, TN

    Thank God for memory. We recycled our tree every year for Christmas when I was a child. I do it to this day with my boys. I would love to have a tree that reaches the ceiling with blue and silver decorations. One day....stay blessed.

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  • Pocahontas Decatur Georgia 30316

    I can understand your felling thinking about Mothers I think about mines all the time,About the tree we had and the gift my Sister and Brothers got from our parents and Grandparents.I'ts going to be that way tears,sadness,happy moment each year Christmas comes around.Enjoy your Christmas,your mother will always be on your mine and in your heart.Love you nd God Bless you Tyler Merry Christmas to you.

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  • angela covington Four Oaks North Carolina

    I plan to do just that. My dad has been dead for over twenty years and my mom is all I have left. I plan to spend as much time with her as I can. Thanks for sharing your story

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  • Sabrina Coleman Aurora, IL

    This email comes to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and properous New Year! I decree and declare that 2013 is the year of turn around and restoration. God is waiting for us to align ourselves with Him so that He can Release the Blessing.

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  • Ms. Proverbs Owings Mills, Maryland

    ....And I absolutely cherish every moments with my mother and father...I love them both dearly they are my oldest babies...LOL! They really are.. Blessings, Ms. Proverbs

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  • Ms. Proverbs Owings Mills, Maryland

    Hi Tyler, May God Bless You and always comfort you with the sweetest greatest memories of your mom...I know that she is smiling down on her baby (you).. Have a Happy and Bless Merry Christmas!! Ms. Proverbs

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  • Mary T Correction I do, do, do cherish my mother

    Correction I do cherish every moment my phone type in the wrong words at times a serious typo on that last message. I cherish every moment I have taken care of my mother.

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  • Mary T Cherish the moments you have together

    I needed to share this I dearly cherish my mother. There was a choice that we all one day will be or have already been and thats is when they to the point of not taking care of themselves. What? Well my brothers and I decided when we was in our teens that we would take care of our parents when they no longer could take care of themselves. I'm at that point in my life right now taking care of my mother, and I dont cherish every moment it not easy but with Gods help he's helping me through it : )

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  • Mary T You Too.

    Wow you too? : ) My dad,God bless his sweet soul bought a Charlie Brown tree. I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants. But after all the decoration it turned out beautiful. Even though we didn't get much. We (understood) what real love looked like. It wasn't in the presents, but in our acceptance (finding the good, and the beauty in everything). I know you miss your mother dearly, who wouldn't. She was a woman of great value. Her life through you is still blessing nation. I pray you find a woman who will be to you all you need plus something extra special that reminds you of your mother. Have a Wonderful most Comforting Christmas this year. I'll keep the midnight oil burning on your behalf.

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  • Sonia Thomas Broklyn, NY

    I am so sorry your mum is not here with you for the holidays. But it is so great that you have such wonderful memories of her. I love your Christmas story ....Thank you for putting a smile on my face... And yes I am so blessed to have my mother with me still & I will definitely cherish every moment with her & the rest of my family... Much love to you always... Happy Holidays!! I am sure your Mum is in heaven laughing too!!

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  • Linda

    Thanks for sharing that wonderful story. Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

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