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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. Peg says:

    Dear Brother Billy, I am so glad that the Holy Spirit is always with you; I know He will take better care of you than all the human physicians ever can! I also love Christmas, and thank the Lord for giving me the heart of a child!

  2. Linda says:

    May God keep you in his hands safe and grant you a full and quick recovery. May the Joy of Christmas bring you light and peace. You are always in our prayers.

  3. Patty says:

    Dear Billy Graham, I have always respected and loved you!!! Your life is a true example of the living Christ on earth!! I just prayed for you, and am believing that your full recovery is already happening! PRAISE THE LORD, HE IS SO GOOD!! Blessings to you and your family, this Christmas season. What a GIFT you have been to all of us!

  4. Ruth says:

    Dr. Graham – Our family has admired your Godly example for years. For Christmas I purchase the audio version of your book Nearing Home for my mother. I know she will enjoy listening to it. Merry Christmas!

  5. Kim says:

    Thank you for your faithfulness and your example to me for so many years. May God bless you and keep you and shine His face on and give you His comfort and peace.

  6. Tammy says:

    Dr.Graham, You are in my prayers for a speedy recovery and good will wishes thorough out the year. Have a very Merry Christmas and GOD bless You.

  7. Steve says:

    Unless you have lots of money, memory and help you cannot buy everyone you know a card or a gift. The truth is you can't even call everyone you know. Simply extend God's love and wish everyone a Merry Christmas? A speedy recovery Dr. Graham!

  8. Ann says:

    You make the world a better place by being here, and a true servant of God. Thank you for all your hours in work for the Lord! It is your life, and it shows. God's Blessings, praying for Better health for you.

  9. Norma says:

    Dear Mr Graham, I first watched you as a little girl on TV at my grandmothers house. She loved and respected you very much. I pray that Jesus will wrap his loving and holy arms around you for comfort and healing. Peace and Grace be with you always.

  10. J.S. says:

    The first time I remember hearing the “just as I am” song in one of your crusades…I cried so hard and so deep…my first call for lost souls!…Thank God and praise his holy name for creating you Billy and God bless your family and the example you all set…America and the world is a better place because of Jesus, you and your family…..