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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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  • Maria

    My daughter and I watched you on Ellen today and she (she's 13) said "he needs to go on my list of people I need to have breakfast with. I agree! You are just so human. May you continue to be blessed. I don't have pajamas from my mama but I have a simple handkerchief that mine gave me when I was a teenager. Your pagans story just reminded me of it. Think I'm going to dig it out and just remember when....merry Christmas! We will be out to see your new movie! Best always!

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  • Ms Proverbs NC

    Hi there Tyler :-) :-) Wake Up! Rise and Shine!!!!! "A Madea Christmas" is playing now in theaters YAY!!! LOL!! Kudos to you Tyler :-) :-). I can't wait to see it and get my laugh on I just know it is hysterical, hilarious, LOL's, too funny and all that good stuff..Anyhoo :-) :-) Enjoy Your Day Sir with you "Tall, Handsome, and Genius Self" I hope that you don't mind me saying this every now and then ....Truthfully, deep down inside I don't think that you mind me saying it. :-) :-) :-) Ms Proverbs

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  • Ms Proverbs NC

    Tyler :-) :-) Very nice pictures I can tell you are having fun promoting "A Madea Christmas movie:-) :-) . I can't wait to see it Hope you are resting with your "Tall and Handsome Self" :-) :-) LOL! (Well it's true) Ok Nighty Night Sweet Dreamzzzzz Ms Proverbs :-) :-)

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  • Mary Agnes Monroe, NY (not far from NYC)

    Okay, Tyler, the oddest thing is that I was thinking about you today. I was thinking about what inspires a guy to create Madea - and how I have a really dry sense of humor and have never SEEN a Madea movie. But I'm tired of a serious life - really tired. I'm ready to start the laughter :) Anyway, I turned on the TV after a really long day of work (I own the company, so there are ONLY long days - but we know that's a luxury)…. and there you were on Leno telling the story about the PJs. My dad is gone, and do you know what I think about all the time? The five dollars. I walked to his house to borrow five dollars. Just one of those days - but there was my dad, having half a sandwich, complaining about it being his last five dollars…. More than a few five dollars later, I think dad would have a good laugh with me now. Anyway, here's to your great mom - my great dad and how wonderful you are in every interview I've ever seen. PS, Can you connect me with one or two of the people posting here to ask for help this Christmas, Tyler? You've got my info. Peace, love and freedom, Mary Agnes

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    • toni jaleel riley austin,tx 78724 #1913887

      I love the movie and play it was really awsome.I really like he mad black women one. you plays and movies had help me.I had lost myself of who I was. I knew I was looseing myself I wanted to get my self back but things that were really bad and had to do with me keep poping up.I prayed and prayed to get myself back and I dd get myself back.till this day pray and keep praying and I know prayer works.it got me threw elemantery skool.I love praise dancing it bereings me closer.so thanks for making those halarious but really help and good plays and movies by the way I'm 14 :-)

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  • Isaiah Williams Denver Colorado

    When my mother asks me what I want for Christmas I tell her that I want some of your plays.

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  • T charlotte nc

    Mr. Perry, I was reading the comment you made about your mother and I also lost my mother 4 years ago, a week before Thanksgiving. And definitely know where your coming from, its the little things they give us or said that were so special. Stay in good spirits and know that she is watching the powerful blessed man you have become.

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  • T GA

    Btw, I will accept a pic of you in your regular sleep wear or you highwaters for my personal admiration lol. ; ). "Who loves ya Darling"! : )

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  • T Ga

    I thought this story was so cute because I'm imagining your mom shopping for her BIG baby and being so sincerely excited! Plus, I know what it's like to be talk! Lolol. I think your really sweet to keep them too, it's my rule that if someone thought enough of me to buy me something then I'm keeping it with imperfections because returning it won't be the "one" they picked out. Love ya Darling!

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  • Marcell Sinking Spring, PA

    Thank you Tyler for this messsge. This time of year is my favorite, not just for the holidays but also for the beauty of the change of seasons. I came on this page looking for encouragement & surely I found some. Going through, trying to get through a breakup. Someone I love dearly. And as hard as I'm trying to keep things pleasant, heartache is overcoming everything! Sadly, affecting my spirit & my sleep. But with your message, I will apply being thankful for the good times & memories. Thanks again Tyler, Merry Christmas!

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  • Proverbs31Woman Texas

    That's true about gifts from the heart. My attitude is "Thanks for thinking of me," and it's more than what I had. That's my grandmother. My mother is different, the price of the gift determines how much you really love her and what it is. It has to be something that she wanted, or she'll just tell you to give her money. She really takes all of the joy of giving her a gift. But, she's 71 so my gift is that she's still alive. We're not close, but It would suck to be an orphan. There's still something nice about knowing I can hear her voice if I want to. My grandmother is still around also. She's 91. My grandfather died at 96 last year, and his sister died a few years back she was 89. If God say so, I'll be here and have a few more years with my mother. My great grandma lived to be 95. It hurts to know my grandma is nearing that age. Anyway, cherish those that are alive. Tomorrow isn't promised.

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  • Morongwa South Africa

    #Madiba Mandela RIP

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  • Barbara Terrill Stillwater, OK

    I lost my mother October 7th. When I went through her belongings I found things that I had given to her as a child tucked neatly away in her drawers. I can still smell her perfume on the clothes that she wore. That smell and those lovely memories I will treasure forever and add to the things from my children and grandchildren that I have tucked neatly away for them to find someday.

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