From the November 2010 magazine.

Holidays, Shmolidays

A grump learns that every day sober is a holiday

I'VE heard it said that among those who wanted to quit drinking, some found it especially difficult to do so around the holidays. I never understood that. What was so hard about quitting drinking on Groundhog Day, Flag Day or Boxing Day? With all seriousness though, these had about as much significance to me as any of the real holidays, like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. They were just another day I felt compelled to consume alcohol in great quantity.

Having stepped into the realm of reality thanks to my re-discovered Higher Power--God--and the Fellowship of AA, I can now somehow envision the horror my wife and kids must have experienced the day of each new holiday. Here we go again, or, how drunk will daddy be today? they might have thought. And for good reason. I would often pre-drink, hiding it in the garage (the "war room" where I would strategize how to combat the world--my enemy) even though I would usually drive to the relatives' holiday party.

-- MATT S.

Buffalo Grove, Ill.

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