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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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  • singlemom nc

    The least expensive gift is the gift that means the most. Watchman your movies time and time again helps me cope with all the tragedy I have endured in life...Now most of all its almost Christmas again and I still don't have a job, now without a car and can't buy Christmas for my kids again like it was last year...Pray for my family....

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  • Sherry los angeles

    Mr. Perry that was your mother quietly letting you know that she is with you and the holiday near and telling you softly what do you want for Christmas? Life begins in death..eternal life.:-( She is with God and she knows your in Good hands because God is watching over you. Prsyers goes a long way. I still what u to visit my church in pasadena, california, Holy assembly church on villa street so you can Preach your first ceremony. Ya never know God's plan. Lol. God bless you.

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  • Brisnana Home

    I laughed so hard when I read you email re: the flannel pjs; in my famiy it was flannel gowns. I spend each holiday in rememberance of the 3 women who worked so hard to influence the woman that I am today. My Grandmother (1995), my Mother (2003) and my Aunt (2010). Each had their own resposibilities and believe me, they did not overlap. I wore my Grandmother's bed jacket until it literally fell to pieces. In the front of my daily planner I have a rememberance of each of them. My Grandmother's Medicare card with her signature, one of the hundreds of lists that my Mom used to write and my Aunt's listing of her medications. Each one is in their handwriting and each day I am reminded of how Blessed I am to have had these wonderful women in my life. Once you experience unconditional Love, nothing else compares. Praying for the best for you always. May God's Favor continue to Bless you.

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  • Patricia

    Sweet.

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  • shelita Detroit Mi

    DHey Tyler, just want to say you put a smile on my face when I got your email I was just sitting her feeling down. about a month a go were I was leaving the landlord sold the house right up under me so I had to put my stuff in storage and leaving with a friend is not cool she all away's want some money even after she get her rent money. I can't save no money to move cause she all away's got her hand out. I'm not ask you for anything I'm just venting I really don't have anybody to talk to but GOD. But I apologize How are you doing i hope you are doing fine? I was looking through my collection to see which one of your plays or movies I don't have the only one I don't have is I know Iv'e Been Change and I don't have your book Don't Make A Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings. I GO TO THE STORE AND BUY ALL OF YOUR MOVIES AND PLAYS. I'm that i can have a happy holiday even if I can't get my grand kids anything I JUST PRAY I CAN GET MY OWN PLACES FOR THE HOLIDAY. TYLER PERRY just keep on doing what you are doing GOD IS REALLY BLESSING YOU. AND I LOVE YOU I CAN'T WAIT TO YOU COME OUT WITH ANOTHER PLAY I WOULD BE THERE WITH BELLS ON

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  • not gonna say. Just a fan. Texas

    LOL! I love your story about the PJ's! I miss my mom too. I actually have a shirt she used to wear and sometimes I sleep in it. I hope you do sleep in one of your special PJ's your mom gave you tonight. It may feel weird physically to you because it does not fit properly, but that's ok. There is love in every section of the fabric that you will be wearing. It's kind of like life to me. Sometimes what God's purpose for our life seems to not fit perfectly with what we think should happen, but it's not about the "fit" that's important. It's how you wear it that counts. For example, look at Michael Jackson. He was famous for wearing "high water" pants and he even had glittery socks on too. The pants didn't fit like everyone elses pants, but he wore it well. Wear your PJ's boo. I'll be wearing mine right wit' chu'! ROTFL!..........Because I Care, T :-)

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  • Michelle

    LOL...please, please, PLEEEASE...post a picture...lol

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  • Klb AZ

    Thanks for sharing another memory of your mother. It was beautiful. Hey, maybe you can use the flannel material from one or two of them and have someone turn them into a pillow case or a small throw pillow for your bed. That way, you're using them all the time, without being choked to death, losing circulation, or getting a wedgey. Just a thought. :-) I was just remembering my grandmother last night. I was looking over an old address book of hers. I loved her handwriting. Looking at pictures and remembering what beautiful, loving people, my grandparents were and wishing things would've been different. Have a blessed holiday season and I'm looking forward to the new Madea movie in Dec. Much love.

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  • Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue NY

    What a sweet story about your mom! Happy holidays to you too!

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  • Omolara Canada

    Hey Mr Tyler, thank u for sharing, what an inspiration. Am from Africa, during Christmas we don't give or exchange gifts but families come together to celebrate the birth of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Back home ( Nigeria) we celebrate Christmas like there is no tomorrow, then as a kid I always look forward to the new clothes and shoes am going to wear on that day. I can remember kids asking each other,"what did your parents get u for Christmas or what are u going to wear". The cooking is like having a party, my mum gets up as early as 5am and starts cooking then she package the rice,stew and chicken then we kids take it to our neighbours and friends and our neighbours and friends do likewise so there is food everywhere. Some people ( especially those from eastern part of Nigeria) no matter where they are will travel to their hometown for Christmas to celebrate it with families. On that very day people will dress up in new or best attires for church and everywhere u turn it's celebration! Celebration!celebration! But here in North America people shop till they drop for families and friends, houses decorated to the fullest but on that day everywhere is as quiet as it can be, my first Christmas in Canada I cried because I missed home but now I celebrate it Nigerian way by cooking and taking it to friends or invite them over to eat till they can't no more and do take away the Nigerian way. Christmas is a time of giving which I believe in so much and I agree that gifts should come from heart not because people give gifts then I have to, just saying merry Christmas which I prefer to happy holidays is enough to brighten up someone's day. I have my list for this year but I can't figure out what to buy for each person because I like giving gifts that they will use but quality time spent with family and friends is worth more than gifts and is a memory of a life time. Have a wonderful thanksgiving, a merry Christmas and a fulfilling new year Mr Tyler.

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  • Josephine Bronx, New York 10456

    I thank u so much for writing this I gotta tell u how much it,made my heart smile. Its gonna be another year and holiday my mom has been gone so I definitely know what u are feelung this time of year, Ive been reminiscing bout all the Christmases that have past with all her silly gifts she had given me, Times like these II grab my daughters n hold them tight, some day ull get that luv from ur own in the mean time Tyler thnx for sharing n making me smile its been pretty hard, not having ger for anothrr holiday n up coming new year xo I widh i csn hug u but I'll send my xoxo Im a huge fan, i wish u a happy Thanksgiving a gr8 Christmas n an awesome up.coming new year muah,

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  • latoya raleigh nc

    Hi Tyler, Thanks for sharing, I lol when u started talking about the pjs. Walmart do have some slamming pjs especially with the foots with them. They even got now the hoodies to go with them. I think I might treat myself to some.lol:)

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