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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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  • 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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  • tonya fountain frederick md

    Thanks for the story tyler. My mom always ask me what I want for christmas and I always tell her nothing and every year she gets me something. Its either a purse or something with the ravens on it since they are my favorite team. What ever she gets me i always appreciate it cause its the thought that counts. I hope you and your family and talented staff have a wonderful holiday as well.

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  • Kay Roswell

    I cried and laughed as I read it. I'm sure the waitress thinks I'm crazy sitting here alone. I needed that! Thank you.

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  • Tiffany Richmond, Va

    Bless you Mr. Perry for this message. My mom passed 9 years ago, 3 weeks before the birth of my 2nd daughter. For me, it was an umbrella. Every Christmas, if I didn't get anything else from her, I got an umbrella. And I would give anything for her to be here to give me one today! May God continue to bless you sir.

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