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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


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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.

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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.

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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…

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I hope you have the best holiday season… ,Christmas and New

Years. God bless.


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