From the December 2012 magazine.

December 2012: Pickin' and Grinnin' for Santa

Members in Virginia celebrate the holidays with songs and music from the heart

I lean against the 100-year-old brick building in downtown Roanoke, Va., at 530 Luck Avenue, several days before Thanksgiving, sipping steaming coffee and warming my hands around a ceramic travel cup marked “Dad.” As small clusters of us alcoholics wait for the 8:00 p.m. AA meeting to begin, the sidewalks are filled with bundled-up folk hurrying into a performing arts center across the street. We are readily identifiable as alcoholics, huddled together outside, waiting for our meeting, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The familiar blue-and-white AA placard is hanging...

-- Ed L.

Wrightwood, California