Right, this is where the one year plus sober bloggers have to show their worth.
How do you survive the Christmas/ NewYear season?
It feels like someone has said, “Ok there’s a bunch of people trying very hard to give up booze, so lets really make it difficult for them, let’s pull out all the stops to get them to drink, we will pile on so much pressure they have to crack, ha ha ha” (wicked laughter trailing off)
Now I know alcohol is pervasive in our culture but this time of year it really is everywhere. You get invited to parties, but they are not called “parties”, they are called “FUCKING DRINK PARTIES” – (Actually i’ve never had an invite to a party with the word fucking in it, I added that for dramatic emphasis, but you get the picture.) Office parties are spoken about in terms of how much booze there will be and everyone knows the only way you can legitamately have sex or flirt at the office party is if you have the always seemingly indulged excuse that you were drunk. What are the sober folks to do- never flirt or have illicit sex ever again?
Meals out- booze, meet friends- booze, Christmas lights- pub and more booze, and for me the absolute killer , even baby Jesus is now peddling the booze. Yes, hard to believe but true. My local church sent me an invite to come to a carol service. The enticement- free mulled wine! Not spiritual enlightenment, free booze! Literally, God help us! So, there we have it, even the church and baby Jesus are tempting me to drink now. HELP!!!!!!
Of course I used to love Christmas when I was a drinker. My favourite time of the year. Bring it on I’d say. It is the time of year when you don’t have to feel self conscious or embarrassed about your drinking because everyone is getting shit-faced. “Hey it’s Christmas”. Drinkers’ paradise.
Around this time I’d order excessive amounts of every type of booze to be delivered. Tanker loads of the stuff. And every day in the run up to Christmas was an excuse to open a bottle. Christmas Day itself was my drinker’s nirvana day. Champagne with breakfast and no raised eyebrows, beers with presents, gin whilst cooking and then bottle after bottle of red wine and no one pointing the finger, because
IT’S CHRISTMAS. It’s OK to get drunk, make a fool of yourself, have family arguments, be part of the annual spike in violent incidents, hospital admissions and divorce applications because we are welcoming in the birth of a saviour bringing peace and goodwill to the world. Incredible!
Well I’m glad to be shot of it all. Bah, humbug. Hangovers, embarrassments, arguments, feeling ill, swollen face covered in sweat. Get thee behind me baby Jesus ( apologies to the believers out there I know its never the fault of the child) . I’m looking forward to being a bit different this Christmas, to spending my time sober. I know it won’t always be easy but its probably the biggest challenge of the year so, I reckon, do this and anything is possible. Walking the path of sobriety hereafter will be but a gentle stroll.
Finally it would be good to hear how the 1 year plus sober crowd managed their first Christmas. Come on don’t be shy. Share and think of it as your sober pressy to the rest of us newbies.
Rudolph the Sober Reindeer xxx
Jim’s Recommended listening for alternative festive songs – So much wine – Handsome family and white wine in the sun by Tim Minchin. Enjoy.