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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Every year since I've been successful my mother would ask me this question, “What do you want for Christmas? You are so hard to shop for.” I really didn't want her to give me anything but she insisted.

I knew it was driving her crazy trying to figure out what to get for me, so about eight years ago I told her that all I wanted were flannel PJs. So every year for about four years she would go to Wal-Mart and buy me some flannel PJs. Every Christmas I would smile. I didn't have the heart to tell her that the tops were so short that the sleeves where almost to my elbow and the bottoms were well above my ankle. I would just thank her and smile. She was so happy. Needless to say, over the years I collected a nice group of PJs that were all too small. I have a drawer full of them.

I was getting ready for work this morning and I came across a pair of them. I smiled so hard. It made me remember her smile when she gave them to me. It made my heart warm. I thought about how much she loved Christmas. I thought about how much she loved me. I thought about... well, I just thought about her.

This year, as we enter into the holiday season and some of you are worried about what to buy or if you can afford to buy anything, I want you to remember this story. My mother’s gift came from the heart and a gift that comes from the heart is more valuable than the most expensive thing in this world. She died four years ago and those PJs are still giving me joy. I think I'm going to sleep in them tonight . High waters and all...

I thought about sending you a picture of me in them but I'm afraid of what the blogs will write... LOL. I can see it now, "Tyler Perry has gone crazy, look at what he sleeps in.”

I hope you have the best holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. God bless.

A Madea Christmas opens in movie theaters December 13th. I'll see you at the movies.

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  • My

    As a Mother I still get up early to make sure the house is warm enough for the kids before they get up for school. We want to make Sure you stay warm..That is Special..

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  • #1 Fan

    HI! I LOVE YOU! Looking forward to the movie. I know you miss your mom during these holiday seasons, but it's such a blessing that you can still see the good. That is so special that you kept those PJ its like you get to keep a piece of your mother that transcends time and death. God bless. I won't think you crazy if I see you in those PJs because you won't be in them long. :)

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  • Proverbs31woman Texas

    I haven't been on here in awhile, but your stories always make me smile. Thanksgiving is usually a time that all my family gets together, but I JUST started a job, I'm a temp and NO vacation time. Also, I just moved and no one has invited me. And, no one that's coming to my place. It's just my daughter and I, so I don't need two weeks worth of food...lol.. I'm blessed to have a job. I was out of work for awhile so I'm NOT complaining. I just feel displaced. My daughter is living in another city, and this year just isn't the same. Anyway, I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving! I do love to cook, and I'm good at it, but just no plans.

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  • Tee Elizabeth, NJ

    Dear Tyler, It has been a some time since I last commemted on your message board. I read your letter about what would you like for christmas. Very touching,, To hold on an to remember brings us great joy. For in our hearts our loved ones are never apaort from us. The love and joy that was given. Is deeply rooted within. For each day that one takes. Is a saying of thank you contenue on you what has been rooted deep within your heart. You will and have made many happy. That one should see Good for all his heard Works. Dont't forget to stop and think about the One rose that stands out from the rest.. To believe and to have come true,

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  • Cheryl Belcher Kissimmee,FL

    Been on your page today looking at different comments and you are a true inspiration to us all. I was not even on the page to read comments I went to find out how to seed a picture of my 6 year old son that wants to be a actor and ran across the comments. I did not find out how to submit them via your web-site so I will try a different way to send them. Love your work and keep on being a blessing to others it must make you feel good to know that so many people are proud of you. (I know the PJS mean a lot to you looking back at the love behind them.) I know there have been times when I could not get my kids the things they wanted for Christmas but you know what It opened up the door for me to share with them that It is not always what you get but what you give that will send a blessing back your way. (just sharing)

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  • Ms Proverbs NC

    OMG! Tyler!!!!! LOL! Tyler I'm gonna get you.....Sending a Audio Clip like while I'm at work You had me cracking up laughing so hard......Tyler, Why? Lawd Ham Mercy I just can't OKKKKK.........Too Funny!! You and Madea are just plum crazy but I love it Hilarious Whew I tell you... Tyler there is never a dull moment with you :-) :-) You keep me smiling....Thank You Tyler :-) :-). Hmmmmm...Shaking my Head..LOL! Tyler Enjoy Your Day Ok :-) :-). Ms Proverbs

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  • UNCONDITIONAL_LOVE FORT. LAUDERDALE FL,

    HI TYLER MY NAME IS MELISSA HOWARD AND I AM A 26YR OLD SINGLE MOTHER OF 3 BEAUTIFUL GIRLS AGES 8,6, AND 1 I'M WRITING YOU TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND INSPIRATION EVERYDAY I GO ON YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE EVERYDAY TO SEE WHAT GOD HAS STORED IN YOU, FOR YOU TO STORE IN US EVERYDAY,THINK YOU ARE THE MOST BRAVE AND AMAZING MAN EVER...TYLER I WANTED TO ASK YOU CAN YOU PLEASE CONSIDER BEING AN ANGEL FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND HELP ME WITH CHRISTMAS FOR MY CHILDREN LIKE I SAID I AM A SINGLE MOTHER, IM CURRENTLY NOT WORKING I LOST MY JOB AND I KNOW IT'S GOING TO BE HARD FOR ME TO MAKE MY CHILDREN PROUD OF ME THIS YEAR BUT I KNOW WITH GOD AND MY FAITH EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT I HAVE NO HELP FROM THEIR DAD IT'S ME AND MY GIRLS IT'S A STRUGGLE EVERYDAY BUT I KNOW LIFE GOES ON BUT IF YOU CAN HELP ME IN ANYWAY ME AND MY LITTLE LADIES WILL GREATLY AND HUMBLY APPRECIATE IT. LUV U TYLER TAKE CARE

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  • Anita M Bailey New York

    Tyler, I kid you not. I had just prayed to God for a good pair of flannel PJs because I don't like being cold. However, my shopping budget doesn't include money for a pair, yet. I am still trying to stay above water, by the grace of God, when it comes to my finances. I know things will get better! But seriously, you need to donate a few pairs of those PJs to me. And I am not joking. Do I look like I am smiling? See. (lol) I was going to buy me the men's flannel PJs, at that because I didn't like the women's flannel PJs I saw at Burlington's. That's my go to store when my funds are just right. We family Tyler, pass them on down, Baby! So I can have an early Christmas gift. Love u much!

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    • Anita M Bailey New York #1892027

      And oh, I want three pairs of PJs, Tyler..one for the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost LMBO. I'm gonna get an audience with you yet. I feel it in my bones like Jeremiah. Or is that just all that cold I'm feeling? LMBO

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  • Ms Proverbs NC

    Hi Tyler, Worship Service was soooooooooooo good today my pastor preached "I Refuse to Lose My Patience" Hebrews 12:1-2 We had a Holy Ghost time up in there today :-) I prayed asweet prayer for you today..Tyler as you continue to pour and bless so many of us. I pray that and know God will pour right back into your life from the crown of your head unto the soles of your feet in Jesis Name.....Aaaaaaaaamen! :-) :-) Welp. I'm getting ready to cook my Sunday dinner Tyler I just love to cook on Sundays. Talk to you later..Ok..God Bless You :-). MsProverbs

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    • Ms Proverbs NC #1892048

      Tyler :-) .....Oh my Lawd I need to slow my typing down on your message board....ok let me try this again.....In Jesus Name....Let the church say....Aaaamen! :-) Tyler, I can't mess up 'Baby Jesus" name :-) God Bless You Sir! I gotta go study for school...Whew! Tyler, I tell you it's no joke this class have my eyes going criss cross at times...LOL! Nighty Night Sweet Dreamzzzzz............Ms Proverbs :-) :-)

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  • Ms Proverbs NC

    Hi Tyler, :-) How are you on this Blessed Sunday Morning? "Ain't God Good" (as the Old Folks would say) That's why I love my Old Babies so much......they are so precious we learn so much from them :-) Anyhoo ,I'm up made breakfast. My son and I are on our way to church...Tyler my son (20 yrs old now) has recovered doing great and I give GOD ALL THE GLORY!!! God Is So Faithful!! I love him more today..Sweet Jesus!. Do you know this song called "Sunday Morning" by Mary Mary? I love that song well I will be singing it on my way to church..It goes like this...."I've been working hard since Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Saturday came and gone I can't wait to get to Sunday Morning " Please don't ever ask me to sing I'm not anointed to sing...LOL! We can have fun in Jesus, right??? LOL! Stay Blessed Enjoy Your Day Sir!!!Ms. Proverbs :-)

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    • Ms Proverbs NC #1891962

      Awww Tyler, I saw your picture of the children on this bus...they love you so much What A Blessing you are to millions of people around the world from the young and old :-) :-) I know that made your heart smile..mine too :-) Our youth are our future...Oh and that picture of your Jubilee tree is beautiful ..it's huge..It looks like a portrait in black and white (with your car in the picture) really nice shot....Ok...It's time for Worship God Bless You with your "Tall and Handsome Self" LOL! I'm smiling Ms. Proverbs :-)

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  • Mbali South Africa

    Would have loved to see the PJs, after all they come from the heart *best gift ever*. Funny I have been missing great grandma these days. She always told us that "where there's love there's always a way" and that "God is love, God is everything" our parents are with the Lord and they left us with the Lord, to hold on to Him and be comforted. A blessed day ahead and stay blessed :-)

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  • MZDREAMY LV, NV

    P.S. You still make me smile! I pray that you too will have the best holiday season! God Bless!

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