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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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  • MZDREAMY LV, NV

    Mr. Perry, I feel YOU ARE A GIFT that keeps on giving. I saw your tweets about the tree and we see eye to eye. I knew the car was there to show how big the tree was even before I read your last tweet. For future reference (not trying to tell you what to do), please acknowledge the positive and not the negative comments. Pessimists need to be more thankful, because you didn't have to share. In regards to wearing the pajamas ... who cares what people think! Certainly, wear them in a play or trailer or have Mr. Brown do it for you - LOL :-D Love you and God Bless, Your Sis' in Christ Jesus

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  • Jubilee the Tree Charlotte

    Jubilee means life, the last year for completing the circle, the land what God has promise. White shoes with holes in them, do that ring a bell?

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  • Cindy Caribbean

    When are you going to put up your Christmas tree? Last year it looked so beautiful. Make sure to post photos this year as well...

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    • Tonya Brown Fort Lauderdale Fl #1892505

      HELLO MR. PERRY MY NAME IS TONYA BROWN, I MUST SAY YOU ARE SUCH A BEUITYFULL SPIRIT AND BLESSING EVERYTIME I HEAR YOU SPEAK OF YOUR MOTHER IT BRINGS ME JOY AND MAKES ME APPRECIATE MINE MORE AND MORE EVERY DAY AND ALSO HELPS ME TO BE AN EVEN BETTER MOTHER TO MY CHILDREN SO I THANK YOU FOR DOING WHAT YOUR DOING AND GOD BLESS YOU

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    • Tonya Brown Fort Lauderdale Fl 33311 #1892509

      Im sending you one of my poems i wrote on (LOVE AND FORGIENES) WHAT IS LOVE,LOVE IS FORGIVENESS, IN WITCH WE ALL SHOULD HAVE TO KEEP ON LIVEING, BUT HOW CAN WE LOVE SOMEONE IF WE DONT LOVE OURSELVES,LOVEING OURSELVES IS PART OF OUR HEATH.NOW THER WILL BE ALOT OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD WHO WILL TRY TO BRING YOU DOWN JUST TROW YOUR HANDS UP AND ASK THE LORD HE WILL SURELY TURN IT AROUND HE DID IT FOR ME HE WILL DO THE SAME THING FOR YOU BECAUSE BEHIND EVERY LIE THERE IS THE TRUTH AND THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS WORLD WITH ONLY ONE SIDE IF SO WE WOULD HAVE BIRDS THAT CAN...NOT...FLY.I HOPE YOU LIKE IT I HAVE MANY MORE THANKS FOR READING

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  • Bibi NY

    Waiting for that pick in your pj's. :) And sweetie, after all you've been through. Who cares what bloggers say. We know you. We love. You're fans know who you are. For all those who has nothing better to say. All I can say is...bless you too.

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  • Della Fletcher California

    I understand how you feel for I love and appreciate my mother as well just as I love my own children. I share with you a poem that I wrote for my mother and I pray it comfort and bless your soul for the love I know that my mother has for me and your mother for you forever on. A Mothers Heart: It is impossible to describe a mothers love for a child. The journey of raising adults truly takes one on a ride filled with glory. So many misunderstandings, emotions, joys, pleasures,.hurts & experiences that will take place before it is over, if anyone can call it that? An adventure that will stretch them both, in so many ways but at the end of the &day, nothing can ever take away the love that a mother has in her heart for her baby, that bundle of joy! A mothers heart, a troubled, a wounded friend, a bruising $oul will never end. Unmerited favor, unlimited love, unbelievable mercy, from up above. To forgive and forgive, with a $trength from the heavens. A mothers love, reaches down to her bones. With a strength to protect, from a place thats unknown. For her wish is to see, nothing more than the best. Through the good & the bad, everything is a test. Pressing past every obstacle, enduring much heartache & pain. From the time of conception, until time has no end. By: Della Fletcher to you Tyler AZPerry Merry Christmas and be blessed this Christmas

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  • kigozi kampala, Uganda

    Hello Mr Perry have just read your mail about the gift that keeps on giving and OMG!what a blessing it has been.It just reminded me of how long it has been since i recieved a Christmas gift and what am missing but thanks for the encouraging mails.My family and friends love you here in Uganda..............Madea especially lol.

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  • Ms Proverbs NC

    Hi there Tyler :-) Great Morning to you Sir! Tyler, you never ceases to amaze me :-). I admire how you share your true stories with us. It's very uplifting and inspirational. I love the relationship that you had between you and your momma (Mother Maxine) So sweet :-) Mother Maxine loved her baby Tyler :-) As I was reading your message I was smiling so hard until my cheeks were hurting...LOL! (Ok, well I'm exaggerating just a little bit, but I believe you get my point). LOL! I so agree with you that a gift from the heart is worth more valuable than. Any expensive gift one can have ...You are Wonderful Man who made Mother Maxine so proud :-) Oh,Tyler can u share with us a picture of you in your Flannel PJ's? Oh I bet you would look so cute in them........LOL! No, seriously though really you would :-) :-). Tyler, I'm still smiling :-). Now I'm gonna go and cool off a bit after I saw your picture..Pray a little sweet prayer for me Okkkk...... LOLOL! Have A Bless Day Ms Proverbs :-)

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  • Tiffany Charlotte NC

    What a beautiful story with a powerful message. Thank you for sharing , it truly blessed my heart this morning. I'm grateful for the reminder.

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  • Wendy ON, Canada

    Hi Ty: I am very happy for you that you are in a place where you can now smile when you think of your mom. I know it took a while for you to get there. I had a close call with my mom this year and it has given me an opportunity to be grateful to have such a wonderful strong woman still in my life. I lost my grand father last year; who really was my father in every sense of the word. Yes, I do smile when I think of him; but shortly after I fill up with tears. I miss him so. I do realize how blessed I am to have had and still have so much love given to me and I am grateful to God for the opportunity to give love to those he has brought into my life. Enjoy your thanks giving and merry Christmas to you as well. P.S. I look forward to seeing Madea in action again in December.

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  • Karen

    I love your stories. It would be great if you wrote a book of memories of your mom. As you can see can relate and have similar memories of their own. You can even leave a blank page in between each for the reader to write a similar letter or story. It would be entertaining and therapeutic. My favorite is your mom asking you to take her to Walmart to cash her check.

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  • mschristyls South Carolina

    Love the reflection on the past to the present and how it still affects you to this day. I remember those Christmas's where my mom did the best she could to make Christmas special for my two brothers and I with no help form that husband of hers. And would especially struggle to find the right gift from me. I was always happy with things that were made as opposed to something bought. You put time and thought into it when it was made especially for me and no one else had it but me. Just like those PJ's. of yours. Your mom wanted that be that one thing that was special just for you and clearly it was because you held onto them. I'm blessed to still have my mom at 72 years strong now. And to watch her just enjoy being with family. Priceless... She doesn't ask for much and we don't allow her to buy or make us gifts anymore. We just love to see a smile on her face while she is still able to recall who we are... She is slowly slipping into the child like stage of getting older so this holiday and all the holiday's to come we will try to make them special for her. She's getting a new TV since her eyes are not like they used to be so I know that will be her highlight and to meet her new great grand daughter. You know... I actually still have some of the hand made things she made for especially for me that made my holiday always special. I don't let nobody touch them. God Bless and Always keep it positive. Happy Holidays.

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  • Joyce A. MB, Canada.

    Dear Tyler, Thank you for sharing your life with the world. YOU are a gift from God that keeps giving. I've learnt a lot from you, your loving generous spirit has influenced me a great deal, especially in the last four years. I can honestly say that I am a better person today for 'knowing' you even though I haven't actually met you...yet. I know I'll meet you someday.

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