Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

I am wishing you all a beautiful sober Christmas.  If you've never had a sober Christmas before, hang on, you might be very surprised.  I think most people agree it is much better sober.

My sober daughter came over today and we went to a movie and then I made us dinner.  She wanted to see Sherlock Holmes, and although I thought the movie was just as stupid as the first one, I went to see it with her.  She thought it was great.  I am glad she enjoyed it - that was the whole point.

We had dinner and watched a couple of movies at home.  As she was leaving, she said how much she enjoyed the day - and then commented that it is the first Christmas in years she hasn't cried all day.  That's wonderful progress.

My son called earlier today to wish me a Merry Christmas.  He says he will be home in 97 days - but who's counting?  I wish we were all at least on the same continent!

Tonight I went to mass.  When we sang Silent Night, I burst into tears.  For some reason, it reminded me so strongly of the family gathering around the piano to sing Christmas Carols when I was a child. I haven't thought of that for years.  It came back like a flood tonight.

When mass was over, one of my AA friends came over and said hello.  I was so happy to see her!  I asked her if this was her church.... what a stupid question to ask someone you see at church on Christmas and never any other time.  She looked sheepish, and said she was thinking of starting to go there.  I welcomed her and told her how much I like it.  I hope that was welcoming to her.

I am far too tired to be writing.  I really need to go to bed.  It was a huge day, and tomorrow is a mini day - in terms of plans and what I need to get done.  All I want to do is get to a meeting in the morning. The rest of the day is quiet.  And I am grateful for that.

And grateful for another sober Christmas.  God has so generously poured his grace on me.


Syd said...

Merry Christmas, MC. I am glad that you had a good day. It was a nice one here, too.

Mary LA said...

And a Happy Christmas to you Mary Christine -- Silent Night always makes me tearful too, childhood memories.

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Hope your day is exactly what you want from it. Thanks for sharing each day with us who draw encouragement and validation from your writing. Stable and sober are the way to go and you are a great example for all of us.

Kary May said...

A Very Merry Christmas to you. This is my first sober Christmas in almost 30 years, I can attest that it is better. I am blessed.

Lou said...

Thank you MC for being a friend and an inspiration the whole year.
I'm blessed to learn from the vast experience of this community of bloggers.

Annette said...

Ohhhhh it was stupid? Oh well, its what we have decided on and everyone else is looking forward to it. We will give it a shot.

Glad you had a nice day with your daughter. What a blessing!

Mary Christine said...

I didn't mean to suggest that it was "stupid" for her to be at church. I meant to say that it was a thoughtless comment on my part.

Simply Me said...

Merry Christmas! Glad to hear you had a wonderful day. I miss singing Christmas carols.