From the December 2015 magazine.

Dear Grapevine

Ask a newcomer—or even an old-timer—out for coffee, tea or hot chocolate in the coming weeks.

Best holiday gift ever
I remember drinking a six-pack on the way to my mother’s because there was no way I could do Christmas day sober. When I arrived, I acted happy, but deep down I was very sick. I wasted so much time then.

Now that I am sober, the season reminds me of what’s important. When I see family and friends and all the presents under the tree, I ask what it is that I truly value. Today, it’s sobriety, honesty, peace, joy, love and light—gifts that money can’t buy.

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