The Other Letter

by J. Money - Published December 25, 2015

the other letter - IKEA Christmas video

Merry Christmas, y’all!

I wasn’t going to post up anything today, but man… this video. Freakin’ tearing up over here! If you’re a parent yourself or lover of wee ones, please watch this when you’re free (2 mins long). So so beautiful:


[Click here to watch if you can’t see]

Now back to paying attention to those little guys!! HO HO HO! :)

Jay loves talking about money, experimenting, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his two beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Yaacov December 25, 2015 at 6:36 am

Wow!!! Very powerful! Happy holidays Mr. Money to you and your family.
My job sent me away for 3 days this week and I didn’t get to see my wife and boy. Hopefully, early retirement will mitigate those occasions

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2 J. Money December 28, 2015 at 6:37 am

Oh no – sorry to hear! :(

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3 Thias @It Pays Dividends December 25, 2015 at 6:40 am

Such a great video to start off Christmas! We all get carried away during the holiday season with the ideas of the perfect gifts to give our families but really, the best gift we can give the people we are about is ourselves. Thank you for a great reminder this morning J$!

Now, to continue waiting until our little one gets up for her first Christmas! Merry Christmas!

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4 J. Money December 28, 2015 at 6:41 am

Woo! Such a fun time with kids!

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5 Sarah Noelle @ The Yachtless December 25, 2015 at 12:06 pm

Whoa. I don’t even have kids and this STILL made me cry. Thanks for sharing.

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6 J. Money December 28, 2015 at 6:55 am

Awwwww…

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7 The Professor December 25, 2015 at 12:24 pm

The best Christmas gift is the time shared with family. Great video and Merry Christmas J$!

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8 Chris @ Flipping a Dollar December 26, 2015 at 8:11 am

Fantastic stuff! I’m going to be playing with my daughters all day today! Gotta love it being this warm in December.

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9 J. Money December 28, 2015 at 6:44 am

It’s def. weird!

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10 The Saving Nerd December 26, 2015 at 11:17 am

J. Money, that is a forgotten message many people struggle with maintaining. Kids are innocence at it finest.

I love kids and I sometimes rather deal with them than adults because they do not judge.

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11 J. Money December 28, 2015 at 6:44 am

Hah – agreed :)

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12 Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank December 26, 2015 at 8:45 pm

I love the video J Money. The message is very influential especially to parents. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

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13 Chad Carson December 26, 2015 at 10:49 pm

wow, that one got me! Definitely some misty eyes thinking about my 2 little girls.

Wouldn’t it be cool if MORE commercials were like that. IKEA went up a notch in my book.

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14 J. Money December 28, 2015 at 6:48 am

Right?? I don’t think I’ve ever watched a commercial that many times in a row before – I just love this so much.

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15 Rebecca @ Read and Go Do December 28, 2015 at 12:54 am

Way to remember what’s important this season! The hands-down most popular gift we got this year was a family gift of a board game, which we’ve played over a dozen a times in the past few days. I love giving gifts that are more about an experience than ‘stuff.’

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16 J. Money December 28, 2015 at 6:49 am

Sounds awesome, Rebecca :)

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17 [email protected] December 28, 2015 at 9:06 am

Interesting video. It makes me wonder why we keep Santa (or the Three Kings) around. Santa has seemingly unlimited resources and can bring anything you want! It is an unreasonable expectation for parents to live up to. I wonder how different Christmas would be if Santa, elves, and the Three Kings were left out of it

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18 J. Money December 29, 2015 at 8:13 am

I don’t think we’re going to find out anytime soon, haha… (Though I do think it’s a fun experience for kids having Stanta et al around.. gives them magical stuff to get excited about. Mainly up to us parents to control the situation around all that gift giving, ugh)

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19 Bill Cain December 29, 2015 at 7:52 pm

Rad video. Thx for sharing. My 5 year old got way too many things from all his relatives. So much so that we will be donating many of his things. He already agreed and will pick the donations. Rad kid. Thx again

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20 J. Money December 31, 2015 at 11:45 am

Oh wow!!! Love that you’re including him in it and having him go through the process of what to keep and why… I’m gonna have to steal that one from you :)

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21 Steven January 3, 2016 at 10:04 am

My kids are grown, and they are great young adults, self sufficient and fully employed, but not because they had talented parents. They just had a lot of our time, they felt safe and loved, received tons of praise and had reasonable limits they could not violate without significant consequences.

I teared up too, but because I reflected back on those years, and felt good about them. This video is a message to young parents, you only get to do this once. Nothing else in your life is this important, spend time with your kids!

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22 J. Money January 4, 2016 at 11:20 am

Thanks for taking the time to watch/comment. I love hearing from other parents, especially since I’m still fairly new to the game :)

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