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I'm already dreading Christmas because there's always so much to do, and I just get overwhelmed. I know it's wrong, but in recent years I've even ended up hating Christmas. How can I get out of this trap?


I suspect most of us have felt this way at one time or another—but you’re right: It’s a trap, and we need to do all we can to stay out of it.

After all, Christmas should be a time of joy and peace, because it marks the greatest event in human history: the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. He came from heaven to save us from our sins and give us the gift of eternal life; could anything be more important, or more joyous? The angel’s words to the shepherds on that first Christmas night should echo in our hearts every year: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy” (Luke 2:10).

What can you do? First, plan ahead. Don’t just think about making plans—actually make them! Sit down and write out a list of everything you know you’ll have to do (including the presents you intend to buy). Then get out your calendar and decide when you’ll do them. The more you can get done in advance, the less hassle you’ll have at the last minute.

Then set aside time for you and your family to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. You might, for example, take a few minutes after dinner to read about Christ’s coming (including prophecies from the Old Testament and the account of His birth from the New Testament). Resolve now to make this Christmas the best you’ve ever experienced, as you turn your heart and mind to Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.

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  1. Aluminous grace Henderson says:

    Thank you so very much Billy Graham. And thank you so very much for all of your continued prayers. My hope this Christmas season this year is that people would remember the true meaning of what Christmas is all about because Christ is in the word Christmas and everyone needs to remember that. I will never ever give up on what is good in the world because if people truly look around and pay attention there is so much of God and his love ❤ everywhere and inside of my heart. One of my Christmas prayers and wishes would be for peace on earth and good will for all and that everyone could get along again just like it is supposed to be; the way God has planned it to be and in his timing. God bless you. 😊

  2. Jonna Dingus says:

    Thank you!

  3. Rachel says:

    Very good read

  4. E. Compton says:

    When you think that Jesus was actually born to die for us, the meaning of Love is shown clearly. He took our sin away, as far as east is from the west. We should sing as the angels did so long ago: Glory To God in the Highest!!

  5. Emmanuel Peters says:

    I think if all Christians would put Christ back into Christmas and realize that without the Saviour there would be no cause for this season then 9/10’s of the struggle would be over.

  6. Vivian W. Woodyard says:

    May God continue to bless this ministry!

  7. Karen A says:

    Thank you Brother Graham

  8. Irene says:

    Getting to know Jesus is always the way to go after all Jesus is the reason for all seasons

  9. Sandy says:

    Thank you I need this. I’ve been struggling with Christmas for awhile. Need help getting my focus back on Christ during this Christmas season.

  10. Marion PERKINS says:

    To know more of the love of Jesus