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Grapevine : December 2011
all the parties and celebrations that the season brings, there can also be a good deal of imbibing and family tension. In a time of year that can quickly become crazy, this issue is devoted to stories by members about how they handle the holidays and make them, well, un-crazy. In “Not Ready,” a newcomer at her first holiday party writes about how she deals with being surrounded by booze. In “Lifesaver,” another beginner ends up leading a chilly New England meeting with even newer mem- bers. And in “The Year I Needed Santa,” a woman makes a connection that helps her find gratitude for spending her holidays in a strange town. “I remembered that I was here in Arizona so that we could have a better life we both dreamed of and worked so hard for. This was where we wanted to be—sober, happy, warm and together in love,” she writes. The rest of this December issue carries just as much hope. In “The Hopeful Side of Grief,” a member finds that sharing his sorrow is a comfort to others. And in “Service Set Her Free,” a jailed mom joins AA in prison, but it is helping others that keeps her sober. May you find your own sources of hope for the holidays and enjoy a season that is sober and un-crazy. We would love to hear how you cope with this time of year. Please help other AAs by sharing your stories at AAGrapevine.org. In Fellowship, The Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Welcome The holidays can be a stressful time for AAs, especially newcomers. With aagrapevine.org 1 GRAPE_1.indd 1 10/28/11 2:22 PM