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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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  • Ms Proverbs NC

    Tyler :-) :-) :-) ............Have A Bless Day!..... That's All .......Ms Proverbs :-)

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  • Ryanesha Fairlee Como

    That is an incredible story. It warmed my heart as I read it.I have been thinking about what I'm going to get my godmother for Christmas. She means the world to me. I love to write so maybe I'll create the most beautiful poem she's ever read. Thanks Mr. Tyler Perry. You have no idea how you have touched my life and what you mean to me.

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  • Robin Lynn Illinois

    :) That's funny-kind of, since my son gets a pair of those PJ's from the WalSmart every year, and the standard issue -12 pair per bag, white tube socks and a 3 pack of Hanes boxers!! I am not sure how he feels about it, but he always smiles, puts them on right away and kisses me and says "Thanks Mom" which makes me beam with pride because I know he wants me to feel great about what I can give him, it works both ways :) Go ahead and rock them, let the blog boards light up, won't be bigger than the memory of her smile or a million other mom's who know exactly what your talking about. As always GOD bless you-

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  • Ms Proverbs NC

    Tyler. :-) Is Madea going to behave tomorrow? LOL! Nighty Night Sweet Dreamzzzzz Ms Proverbs :-)

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  • Ms Proverbs NC

    TYLER!!!!! LOL! Lawd, I don't know how much more I can take of "Mabel Madea Simmons" Whew! OMG! Too Funny! LOL! Tyler, you are cutting up so bad today We just LOVE MADEA!!! Thank You So Much for sharing "MADEA" with us. Tyler, You Are Something Else with Your Tall and Handsome Self LOL! (Well it's the truth) I have a BIGGER SMILE on my face :-) :-) Nighty Night Sweet Dreamzzzzzzzz Ms. Proverbs :-) :-)

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  • Ms Proverbs NC

    Tyler :-) :-) I'm smiling while I'm typing :-) :-). I hope that you are smiling too :-) :-) Oh Yes Indeed I'm taking good care of myself as well and glad to know that you are too :-). Mother Maxine is smiling about her baby, Tyler from Heaven :-) Oh and Tyler nice picture with your "Tall and Handsome Self" LOL! I love those words spoken by "Prayfit" so true . What a nice peaceful picture of the pond at your studio. Tyler,I must say you really take nice pictures :-) :-) Stay Blessed Talk with you soon Ms . Proverbs

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  • Lilian Ongayo Kenya

    Thank you dear Tyler, for being a normal person; anyone can relate to. May you live on, to keep inspiring coming generations and may your lessons be passed on to generations to come. Love, Lilian

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  • #1 Fan

    HI!!!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING WISH I COULD SPEND IT WITH YOU! I LOVE YOU!

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  • Ki Di

    LOL! LMBO!!! I miss my mother too. Almost two years since her home going. Anyway, thank you so much for sharing. A Laugh I needed.

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  • M. USA

    Hey TeaPea! I'm better now. Still stressed and worry a lot, but I'm better. I dare you to wear a pair of those PJ's!!! LOL! Anywho, you enjoy your day and have a great weekend. your sister.

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  • #1 Fan

    Happy Thanksgiving!!! What do YOU want for Christmas? Me, I just want YOU! :)

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  • Ms Proverbs NC

    Hellur..Good Morn-ting Tyler,:-) :-) LOL! (Sounds familiar) How you doing? I can't wait to see "A Madea Christmas". Tyler, I noticed that I don't see your new movie countdown clock/ticker on your main screen :-) Ok Have A Wonderful Day! Ms Proverbs :-)

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