Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you all!

I hope you are all enjoying a sober Christmas. If not, maybe tomorrow will be the day you find your final day one. It is a journey and it doesn’t always go in a straight line! Just keep moving in the right direction.

I had a lovely Christmas morning. Kids. Presents. Coffee. English breakfast. The turkey is in the oven and it is just my hubby and kids for the day. Quiet and beautiful. Time to figure out how to charge the gopro camera.

This is my second sober Christmas. Last year I was 25 days in and about as cranky, paranoid and anxious as you could imagine. My hubby didn’t quit until Dec 28, so he was drinking, but pissed at the world. It was not a fun day. But even with all that it was better than it would have been had I drank. I have had enough boozy and weepy Christmases for a lifetime!

This year we are both sober. Life is much calmer. We went out for Christmas Eve McDonald’s last night. And we watched the Grumpy Cat Christmas special. Everyone is happier. Especially me.

Thank you all for reading and commenting. Your stories help me. A lot.Β It is through our shared experiences that we see we are really not that different.

Merry Christmas.


18 thoughts on “Merry Christmas

  1. Anne, so happy for you and your family. Enjoy this day and congrats on a second sober Christmas. So great πŸŽ…

  2. Merry Christmas Anne. Congratulations on two sober Christmas’s. My 2nd also. I had a moment of wanting to join in the drinking but it passed.
    Way better then last year.
    And on we go. πŸ˜€

  3. merry Christmas, Anne! it sounds like you had such a lovely day with your family. this was my first sober Christmas since early high school, and it was wonderful. I just felt so present and engaged… in the gift giving, cooking, small talk etc. we’ve been entertaining visitors since the 23rd, so there has been plenty of alcohol flowing all week. I’m glad the parties ended and the guests will be leaving tomorrow. i’m worn out and ready to have some quiet time with just my husband and kids!

  4. Awesome perspective of two Christmasses, a year apart. Thanks for sharing this and spreading the message that fun without alcohol is possible, even at times of celebration. Merry belated!

  5. This is my first sober Christmas. It it was okay. It was day 1o and 11, and I did have to fight my cravings. My will won this time. So in the end, it was a good day a good Christmas. But it was not easy.
    Happy Holidays!

  6. It was my first sober Christmas and I can’t tell you how happy I am to say that. It’s been four months sober for me. This is a good thing, however I am starting to think about wine again . I think that maybe I could have a glass and do it right this time, like a normal person does. I was bad at drinking before. One glass was never enough. I’m probably lying to myself that I could drink right…why is this thought so strong? I’ve done good for 4 stinking months.

    Well, your blog is encouraging, thank you.

    1. I have yet to find a blogger who is able to go back to moderate drinking. After a while, I began to wonder why bother? What would one glass of wine give me? The potential loss is just too great.
      Thanks for commenting!


  7. Hello Anne…merry (belated) Christmas to you and your family. You’re journey has always hit home with me and knowing that you’ve had a good sober holiday is inspiring to me. I’m looking forward to your next post.


  8. Hi Anne, thank you for your post. It resonates. I had two sober Christmases and then in late 2013 I had a glass of wine, which turned into gallons and gallons over the last year plus. Now I am hoping to restart the sober clock in 2015. I admire that you got sober right before Christmas – I don’t have the fortitude to put it down before this silly season ends. The first time I got sober, I did it in March which somehow seemed easier because there were few ‘designated for drinking’ events. Of course, I learned that it doesn’t really matter when you get sober because the early days are a bitch no matter what. I’m dreading doing that again…but I must. Thank you for being here.


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