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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. Linda says:

    Thank you so much for all you have done in your life. My husband and I were saved at one of your crusades. I wish God's blessings on you and a speedy recovery. We are praying for you.

  2. JuanG. says:

    You brought me to the Lord in 1977 0r 78. I can't recall. It was in Gonzales TX. at the Apache Football Stadium. I'm 63 years old now and I know for sure sometime in the future we will meet. Till then May God bless you and heal you. Praise Jesus.

  3. Carolee says:

    Dr. Graham:…I've known you since my teens. I am now 61. Every time I hear Billy Grahams' name….Jesus springs forth. You bring living waters to us from the years of evangelistic services. Thank God he planted you in the USA. You have kept me close to God. I love you…God has a special place for you. Closing with Love.

  4. Tammy Moore says:

    I just want to let you know I will pray for you. I have seen you on TV so many years and you always have a message for me about Christ. When I was little you taught me the gospel and i have always remember the love of Christ thru your messages.

  5. Cynthia says:

    God bless and heal you Billy. I have followed your teaching ever since I was saved and they were the major reasons I finally came to except Christ as savior as naive as I was in what to do. Holy Spirit knew and helped me along.

  6. Mary says:

    Dear Mr.Graham I wish you a speedy recovery and a Merry Christmas.Last week used me to help bring a person I didn't comfort and peace in her final days on earth. I praise God that He gave me the insight and you so I could help her with salvation.

  7. Liza says:

    Dear Apostle Billy Graham, You have been a wonderful follower of Christ Jesus for all time, i pray for your quick recovery and let the peace and love of God Most High that you always preach to the world, be with you till the end in Jesus name

  8. Steve says:

    I pray the Lord will wrap his loving arms around you and hold you very close. Bless you kind servant.

  9. Bob says:

    Dear Billy, Lord see you through this set back. Continue to serve Him as He has enabled you. May that include another opportunity to preach the word to many. Thank you for responding to His call on your life. To God be the glory.

  10. Renate says:

    Brother Billy Graham, you are in our prayers for a speedy recovery, you are a faithful servant proclaiming the true gospel of our Lord and Savior. My deepest respect and love. I was also very fond of your lovely late wife Ruth. Merry Christmas to you