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Grapevine : December 2011
On the Cover: The Holiday Issue No more holidays from hell 12 Alkathons help this drunk turn around a stressful time of year (Kihei, hawaii) Lifesaver 16 In a chilly meeting room, a still- new AA helps two first-timers (anonymous) THE HOLIDAY ISSUE! PLUS: LOSING THE RANCH & TRAPPED UN-CRAZY HOLIDAYS Members find easier, softer ways to celebrate AA’S MEETING IN PRINT DECEMBER 2011 AAGRAPEVINE.ORG December 2011 “As in no other season we of AA gratefully reflect upon that miracle of rebirth and regeneration which has befallen us; we joyfully gaze upon the ever brighter radiance that suffuses our once dark world.” — Bill W. December 1951 Grapevine article On the cover: Members find easier, softer ways to celebrate the holidays. The year I needed Santa 20 An unexpected encounter in a neighbor’s yard helps a woman get her gratitude game back (Phoenix, ariz.) Not ready! 25 At her first holiday party, a newcomer finds it tough to be surrounded by booze (Grand Junction, colo.) Steps and Traditions The hopeful side of grief 28 By sharing his sorrow a member helps others (astoria, ore.) It’s in the vault 30 Trust is critical, inside the rooms and out (anonymous) Our Personal Stories Deep-seated rage 32 He was on a crash course to become his father, until he reached for the tools of AA (Plainfield, ill.) submit an article:Editorial Dept , AA Grapevine, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115 or send e-mail to: gveditorial@aagrapevine org Grapevine Audio Edition: This complete issue is avail- able at www aagrapevine org 30 2 December 2011 GRAPE_2-3.indd 2 10/28/11 4:10 PM