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.

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