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Grateful for a sober, recovering Christmas. Wishing you one too.

December 24, 2010

I am so grateful to be spending Christmas in a functioning state this year.  In fact, each Christmas since I got sober has been wonderful.  Not meaning perfect, but I have learned to find the wonder and value in virtually all circumstances.

Christmas has been unfolding positively.  Will be seeing various branches of our families throughout the season.  Anxiety has finally quelled enough for me to be able to enjoy the simple things in life.  Like a non-lavish Christmas.

Although I recognize that many do not celebrate Christmas as recognition of the birth of Jesus Christ, I am glad that this day that started as a Christian holiday could become something so positive to so many people.  Sometimes we Christians lose the positiveness of Christmas in our insistence that Jesus birth should have remained forefront.  Well it seems it didn’t.  Not at the moment anyway.

But having gone off track from the original intent, it really isn’t a terrible tangent we have taken.  This really came to heart and mind as I left work today for a few days off for the Chirstmas season.  I found myself sharing hugs and sincere wishes for a great Christmas to people I would normally not have this type of warm interaction with.  Some of whom I barely know.

For a moment, an instant, I shared in warm and happy moments with people with whom I normally only talk work with.  How can that be bad?  I don’t know all the reasons why Christmas has ceased to be a celebration of the birth of Christ.  But somehow, I think God can handle it.

Ya, the commercialism and overspending are negatives.  But who said any of us have to participate in all of that?  Why can’t we focus on the fact that this is a time of year that many, if not most, people in our society are happier, warmer, friendlier.  The cup (of egg nog minus the rum) is half full my friends.  Drink of it and be happy!

Merry Christmas to all!

Chaz

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6 comments

  1. Being sober at the holidays does have its perks. Hope you and yours are well. Here is to a safe, sober, sane and peaceful holiday.

    Jeremy


    • Thanks Jeremy 🙂


  2. hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family!


    • Certainly was Jolene…. gratefully. Trusting you had same?

      Nice to hear from you.

      Ciao.

      Chaz


  3. Merry Christmas! I really appreciate your post. This is the first year I am doing Al-Anon, and my partner is in AA, a sober Christmas season is a great gift, like a priceless, fragile glass object. I also appreciate your insight as a Christian who accepts the current expression of Christmas. All my best to you. My blog today speaks of a Step 3 experience.


    • Thanks, yes, Christmas was indeed merry. Just cruised your blog. Fascinating. Very fresh perspectives. Look forward to reading more. Thanks for stopping by.

      Ciao.

      Chaz



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