From the December 2013 magazine.

December 2013: Letter from the Editor

December can be a joyous time of year, but it also can be a tough time for alcoholics. Luckily, the wonderful Fellowship of AA has great tools to help us not drink, and to remind us to reach out to others. In a December 1955 Grapevine, our co-founder, Bill W., wrote: “‘It is by self-forgetting that one finds; it is by giving that one receives’ … This is the finest gift of all.” This month, members share their experience of staying sober and sane during the holidays.

A woman in Texas takes her family shopping on Christmas day and surprisingly discovers forgiveness in “Simple Gifts.” In the story “Alone for the Holidays,” a newcomer’s friends all leave town and, thanks to service, she gets more connected to AA than ever. In “Unwrapped,” a member finds that her best gifts do not come in a box. And in “Sophie’s Cake,” a man on a family trip eats delicious pound cake while reading his Big Book—and something goes, well, terribly wrong. The issue also features many new non-holiday stories, such as “20 Reasons,” “Still Got My Marbles,” and “Nine Beers Away.”

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