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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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  • Rasheeda James Greensboro, NC

    I feel your message....God knows i do! My mother passed on my 6th birthday in 94 right in front of me so yes i witnessed her death. And i think about her and that day or should i say night every single day. I just try to remember the good times with her...even tho its hard! Now im grown up and is a single mother of three i just sit back and think and say to myself i wonder what it would be like if my mother was still living?? I always get sad when holidays come especially on my birthday! I had the best christamas times with her. It was amazing and now that she is gone i just pass those beautiful times down to my kids just like my mother use to do for me. Maybe one day i can write a novel about my tragic childhood life about losing my mother at such a young age on my birthday and where im at today. That would be amazing! I must say i miss her deeply and may she continue to rest in peace.

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  • Hazel Kansas City MO

    ahh..!!! memories are priceless. Tyler god bless your mother for raising such a remarkable man.

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  • Evon Sacramento, Ca

    I haven't put up a christmas tree in 9 years.. I think about the reason for the season and it's not about the tree and the presents..I'm thankful and pray for all that walk this earth daily and Wish you all a Happy Holiday and A wonderful New Year to Come... Season Greetings Tyler Hope your getting some rest over there..

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  • shawna brown Vallejo, California

    Thank you for that message. Both of my parents are now gone and I had to think about a memory for me. My dad would not get a christmas tree until late christmas eve because it was free and we would spend christmas eve decorating with whatever we had. It was fun as kids but as we got older it was like dad come on but I thank God for that because 43 years later I still laugh and he is not here for me to call him, so I thank you for reminding me to hold on to those precious but may seem silly moments to someone else but to me precious.

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  • Lisa Edwards Houston,TX

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Just know that your Mom is always there in spirit. God Bless! Happy New Year! Can't wait to see the new movie in March.

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  • Wanda Chicago

    Merry Christmas, Tyler. Yes I remember putting up that silver artificial tree and thinking how pretty it was however looking back it was a "Charlie Brown" tree. LOL. But sharing the memories of our loved ones is what really matters through all the tears and laughter. Thank God for both. Happy a bless New Year. P.S. You can share my parents . :)

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  • Beverly Savannah

    Hello Tyler, may God continue to bless you, especially through this holiday season. That was a funny memory, I have quite a few myself. When you starting saying that you were thinking about your mother and started to cry, which I can understand why, then you changed your thoughts to something that would make you feel better. Although we all have our circumstances and deal with the in different way, I am now learning that when I am feeling bad all I have to do is change my thoughts to something that will make me feel better. Just to mention, you were in a dream of mine several days ago for some reason. I don't know why but you were in my dream and I remember some of the details, but want get into that. Any way, I pray you have a safe and joyful Christmas! God Bless you! Bev

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  • nuella belles cameroon

    hi, Mr Tyler i love your movies and any time i watch one i cannot help but appreciate the job well done. i began writing down my life story since when i was 13 years old. and am still writing till now. i pen down every detail of it that happens each day. it is an amazing, shocking,sorrowfull and romantic story. each time i think of it, i feel it should get out there. i feel if it does, people will learn a lot and will avoid a lot. i love what you do. so, am writing you to spare a few minutes of your time and befriend me under sure you will like it. and if anything, am sure only you can make it out to people the way it all happened. that has been my dream for a very long time now please make it come true. am resting all my hopes on you. my number is +1. please ,please, please, Tyler do write or call me. nothing will make me happier than for you to read and reply me. a million please....... and thanks in advance.

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  • nuella belles cameroon

    hi Tyler it is an interesting story and i think its important to hold on to memories like that for when someone precious has been taken away from us memories with that person is all we may have left.sometimes they will make us wanna cry, sometimes they will make us smile but all in all, those memories are all we may need to get us through some hard times. either in tears or with a smile, someday we will be glad we had such memories. although i do not get to spend much time with my mom, i cherish the little time we spend together and i will hold on to those happy memories for as long as i can.

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  • Theresa Texas

    Tyler, that story reminded me of a Christmas when I was only a child. We didn't have money to buy a Christmas tree, so we found a branch from a pine tree and stapled it to the wall! LOL We decorated that twig and thought it was the best thing since chocolate milk!! Now I'm embarrassed to even mention it. It's definitely a memory I'll never forget!

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  • Paula Odell Texas

    Good morning Mr. Perry! I love your story about Christmas! I think we all have stories about Christmas! I remember my mom and I staying up till 4 AM wrapping presents and running out of wrapping paper for the presents. We ended up making quilts out of paper to wrap the present. The next morning we were so exhausted and worried about how the presents looked. My mother was a bit of a perfectionist. But my grandmother kept commenting on how beautiful the presents looked. What was even funnier was they weren't the presents that were wrapped in solid paper it was the quilted paper we made from scraps. Of course everytime I hear the Stray Cats, who were playing on the radio that night, I am teleported back to the wrapping paper fiasco! God bless and Merry Christmas!

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  • Caritina California

    I love it when you talk about your Beautiful Mother, it brings me joy! Happy Holidays Mr. Perry!

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