AA,Box 459,you,and the holidays
from Box 459,2004
Around the world, many recognize this time of year as a season
of giving. For those of us fortunate enough to have been guided
to Alcoholics Anonymous, our season of giving is all year round.
Every twenty-four hours invites us to pass on to others what was
so freely given to us, and to rejoice in the gift of our sobriety.
May the New Year bring you many opportunities to give
and receive through the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Twelve Tips on Keeping Your
Holiday Season Sober and Joyous
Holiday parties without liquid spirits may still seem a dreary prospect to new
A.A.s. But many of us have enjoyed the happiest holidays of our lives sober—an
idea we would never have dreamed of, wanted, or believed possible when drinking.
Here are some tips for having an all-round ball without a drop of alcohol.
1-Line up extra A.A. activities for the
holiday season. Arrange to take newcomers
to meetings, answer the phones
at a clubhouse or central office, speak,
help with dishes, or visit the alcoholic
ward at a hospital.
2-Be host to A.A. friends, especially
newcomers. If you don’t have a place
where you can throw a formal party,
take one person to a diner and spring
for the coffee.
3-Keep your A.A. telephone list with you
all the time. If a drinking urge or panic
comes—postpone everything else until
you’ve called an A.A.
4-Find out about the special holiday
parties, meetings, or other celebrations
given by groups in your area, and go.
If you’re timid, take someone newer
than you are.
5-Skip any drinking occasion you are
nervous about. Remember how clever
you were at excuses when drinking?
Now put the talent to good use. No
office party is as important as saving
6-If you have to go to a drinking party
and can’t take an A.A. with you, keep
some candy handy.
7-Don’t think you have to stay late. Plan
in advance an “important date” you
have to keep.
8-Worship in your own way.
9-Don’t sit around brooding. Catch up
on those books, museums, walks, and
10-Don’t start now getting worked up
about all those holiday temptations.
Remember— “one day at a time.”
11-Enjoy the true beauty of holiday love
and joy. Maybe you cannot give material
gifts—but this year, you can give love.
12-“Having had a . . .” No need to spell
out the Twelfth Step here, since you
already know it.
one day at a time