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christmas stress

Q:

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?


A:

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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92 Comments

  1. johnny hatch says:

    very true words i feel as of every day i draw closer to GOD

  2. Rachel Peters says:

    Thank you for this refreshing series so that we can learn how to remain calm during this Christmas season. Jesus is the true reaaon for this season and sometimes we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday things. Thanks for your ministry!

  3. Ruth says:

    I do plan ahead. I’m 61 and just recently lost my job. I do Christmas breakfast every year with my children and grandchildren and through God’s grace, we will continue this tradition. Merry Christmas and God bless you and yours.

  4. Daniel Freidel says:

    God Bless you all at. B. G. E. A. !

  5. Darlene Wolfe says:

    Keep all of Christmas simple as possible. I have 13 grandchildren and sometimes keeping up with them is difficult. One year I was so frustrated, that I sat down made them each a card and put some money inside. It was easy to mail and they were excited to have money to spend as they wanted. It was truly one of the best Christmas’.

  6. Mary Shelton says:

    God bless everyone at BGEA!

  7. CONSTANTINO CELSO GUTIERREZ TERRONES says:

    lA NAVIDAD ES UNA FECHA MUY LINDA EN EL CALENDARIO CRISIANO , Y EN LA FAMILIA, EN EL HOGAR ES DONDE DEBE RECIBIRSE TAN HERMOSA FECHA DONDE RECORDAMOS EL NACIMIENTO DE NUESTRO SEOR Y SALVADOR. YO SOY DEL PERU Y CON MIFAMILIA PREPARAMOS LA VENIDA DE ESTA FECHA TAN HERMOSA DESDE LA QUINCENA DE NOVIEMBRE ARREGLANDO LA CASA Y ORANDO POR NUESTRA FAMILIA, NUESTRO HOGAR , Y Y AGRADECIENDO LAS BENDICIONES QUE RECIBIMOS DE DIOS, DE JESUCRISTO. ES PRIMERA QUE ESCRIBO PERO QUIERO MUCHO AL PASTOR BILLY GRAHAM, ES UNA LEYENDA PARA MI FAMILIA, AUNQUE ESTEMOS TAN LEJOS DE SU PAIS. PERO SUS ENSEÑANZAS HAN SIDO SIEMPRE MARAVILLOSAS EN MI VIDA, BENDICIONES

  8. R Hon says:

    There is no greater love than that of Jesus Christ. Thank you Dr Graham for being such an inspiration and testament to that fact. May this Christmas be your best ever. With love! The Hon's

  9. Diane says:

    Why do we feel that we have to do so much at Christmas! My self I feel that we should be on our hands and knees that day thanking Him for the gift of SALVATION!!!

  10. Diane says:

    My Brother, you are in Gods hands. You have been in His hands for years He has kept you from all evil. Praise the name of Jesus..Now about Christmas I feel it is out of control.. He gave us the best gift ever Now what are we going to give Him ?