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Christmas Past

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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  • Margaret Maine

    Hi Tyler this old is a better place because of you. Your experiences y

  • Sandra D Connecticut

    Thank you for sharing Bro. Tyler. My mom and I are very close and I do take your advice seriously. I cannot imagine life without my mom. Our favorite Christmas memory that we still laugh about every year was when I discovered who Santa was...dad fell out of the attic while getting the gifts hidden there. The noise awakened my big bro and I and my mom was trying to shuffle us back to bed while she laughed hysterically. What a time that was!

  • Yolanda Palestine, Tx. 75803

    Tyler! Hi! I love when you share your different stories about the times you and your mother have shared. I can't even imagine how hard it is to have all these memories during the holidays, without her. But know your fans love you! You know deep down that your mom wants you to be happy during this time & she is still here with you in spirit. Laughing at all those movies you have made over the years, still entertaining us. Peace! Happy Holidays, Tyler!

  • Ruth Saulsberry Private State

    Hey, Tyler, For a big flabbergasted moment, what a speechless and unanticipated sound! I got this email from you and it feels so warm for me to be touching from you. It creates my blissful smile because of my first contact from you. Understandably I feel your grief and also you share your teary-eyes with me. So do I. I wish I have my parent back together for spending Christmas time, but they already dead years ago. I wish I could give you a hug for a comforter. Family contributed to the great laughs that bring the marvelous collection. WOW! You must have a very deep recollection about your mother's Christmas Tree story. It is so inspiring to me because yours describes so beautiful vision that I can feel the presence of what she was doing there. Even though I already am goose bumped. You are also very funny about your mother’s story. I like a sound of your warmhearted words ~. Lolz! I am glad to thank you for sharing yours with me. I will never forget that astonishment of your email to me for my first time from Tyler Perry via subscribe! [I thought it was so joking!] I am so impressive and it greatly feels so good to me. Thank you so very much for your thoughts of giving a nice word to my mother but she is no longer on earth for eternal. Have a blessed Christmas and hope you will find a joyful time! God be with you always! Ruth Saulsberry

  • Connie Belle Glade, FL

    Hi Tyler, I truly understand what you are going through. I lost my Mom on 12/9/1999 my daughter was born on 12/9/1979. This time of Year is very difficult, but I understand. I cherish every moment, memory, and all the good times we shared. She is truly missed. Wishing you A Merry Christmas & Happy New Year and may God continue to bless you.

  • Carla W South Carolina

    My granddaughter will not have a fun memory of Christmas with her mother this year. See my son, daughter in-law and granddaughter were in SC for a visit when my daughter in-law fell into a coma from kidney failure. She is a strong 31 year old mother that really needs to be flown back to California to receive the medical care she needs. She has woken up in the (CCU) from the coma but her mind is in a child like state. Her memory is great and is now in a regular hospital room. The problem with getting her home is the airlines will not let her fly due to her child like outbursts could disturb other passengers and the cost of a private flight is out of reach for both sides of the family. Driving her home is out of the question due to dialysis. If you could help my granddaughter (5) to receive the chance for her to have her mother get home for the holidays to get the medical treatment she needs to get better that could be the greatest blessing of all. Asking out of prayer for a Christmas miracle.

  • LaTonya McCarroll Greenville, SC

    Thank you for sharing this special moment you had with your mom Tyler. She was simply recycling...Lol. I'm grateful to your mom for bringing you, pure Joy, into this world. Merry Christmas. :) Tonya

  • felicia jamaica

    awwww that so nice i lost my mom too. Really miss her this time of year ,but im sure she's with just like your mom. God bless to you and your family and Merry Christmas when it comes

  • tricia philadelphia

    Hi Tyler; my.mother passed away in March so unexpectedly. Christmad time was her favorote time of year! Not because of the gifts we receive but because of the gifts we give. Giving was always better then receiving! The"firsts" are very hard. MERRY CHRISTMAS LOVE TRICIA

  • Lorraine Johannesburg, South Africa

    Hi Tyler Thanks for sharing, its always like that when you don't have money buying xmas tree has to last for many years. I relate with the story very well as the rule still applies in my house. God bless you

  • Raxine TX

    LOL! Very sweet and endearing. (heartfelt smile) Thx for sharing. Sincerely, ~Luving u enough [for her] while she is away---till you meet again! Merry Christmas and a truly blessed (both spiritually and naturally) New Year! <3

  • Roslyn Branch New Orleans

    Wonderful memory of your mom Christmas. Keep them close to you heart. Have Merry Merry Christmas!

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