CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - This week Christmas came alive at the Billy Graham Library. The event will be open for visitors until December 23, 2010.
"It's just alive with so much energy and excitement," said Bill Burger, a visitor from Indiana. Mae Loving shared a similar experience. "It touches your heart I've had tears just falling,"she said.
Thousands will turn out to get in touch with the deeper meaning of Christmas."The purpose of the Billy Graham library is to learn about Billy Graham's life, and what one life yielded to God can accomplish, and we really bring it back to the true meaning of Christmas," said director Debra Cordial.
Mae Loving visited for the first time this year to search for the history and the background of Billy Graham, but left with much more. "In my heart it just lifts me right up," she said.
One of her favorites was the live nativity filled with camels, goats, sheep, and mini water buffalo. "It makes you feel like you're there," Loving said.
They also have carriage rides, tours of the library, and carolers. Cordiall and her staff aim to keep admission free. "We do not want to charge for anything on this. The library has always been free, and we want to try our best to keep it that way also."
She hopes it will make a difference in others. "We see lives changed here everyday."