Oh, Grow Up!

Used 2013-12-25 My Name is Al (AlKHall Sobriety Recovery)

Hello, my name is Al, i’m 50 and this is the best Christmas i’ve spent without my parents.

My parents both come from very close, traditional families and they bring that and more to the table during the holidays. Maybe because they take care of everything so well, i’m really good at enjoying what they do but not doing anything myself. On the years we’re not together (transatlantic flights aren’t cheap), i’ve tried to imitate them as best i can but the gold star on the tree has been more for effort than for actually achievement.

Except this year– at 2 years, 11 months and 14 days into recovery– i finally pulled it off. i brought my own stuff to the table. Literally.

Christmas Eve

Used 2013-12-25 Table 01 (AlKHall Sobriety Recovery)

This was the table i set for dinner. You know me, and if you don’t there oughta be a law, i always try to throw in a dash of creativity wherever i can, and so i decided this year, instead of putting the munchies in a bowl, why not just scatter them around the table? People can pick up and eat what they want and it gives the decor a unique flavor. So, as you can see, i strew the crackers and nuts about the table and added glow stick bracelets on the dessert plates.

My son and his friend made a perfect dinner, veal and Indian rice, and we had an ice cream cake for dessert.

Speaking of dessert…

Used 2013-12-25 Table 02 (AlKHall Sobriety Recovery)

After the meal, i cleared away the leftover nuts and threw candy all over the tablecloth, to munch on with the ice cream cake. It was a fun touch!

Christmas Day

Sparing you the glory details, the Christmas Stars aligned this year and i was able to prepare a steak, mashed potatoes with gravy and salad dinner for my son, his friend, my daughter and her friend. i’ve wanted to to do this for ages and it really didn’t seem as though it would work out, but then at the last minute everything fell into place and i got my Christmas Miracle.

When all was said and done, with the last dish washed and the last bit of wrapping paper in the trash, i had the feeling that Christmas this year was a good one, even if i was the one in charge.

Sobriety brought me the most unexpected and valuable present of all.

i truly wish for you the same joy and cheer that i have found this year. May it continue all the way through 2014 and beyond.

Used 2013-12-25 Tree (AlKHall Sobriety Recovery)

Wish on the Star!



About Al K Hall

Like a battered drinker or a punch drunk boxer, i am here for another round. For those of you who don’t know me, i’m a semi-professional writer on the rocks and a non-practicing alcoholic (if after 30 years of practicing, you still can't do something well, it's best to just give it up). For those of you who do know me, thanks for stopping by anyway and where’s the ten bucks you owe me? Welcome to my Bar None. A hole in the wall where we can hang out and trade the kind of stories you swap only when you’ve had one too many and either can’t find your way home or are afraid to. Hell, it’s cheaper than therapy and plus the pictures are prettier. Here we’ll crack open bottles and jokes and ‘last call’ are the only dirty words you’ll never hear. Pull up a stool and make yourselves at home.

Posted on December 26, 2013, in Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Sounds like you have had an incredible last 2 days! Table setting and snack idea was awesome! Sobriety and Christmas….doesn’t get much better…..except it does….every day! Thanks, Al for a great post and making my blogging experience as bright as your tree. Enjoy the rest of the holidays!

  2. Very cool Al! It’s been three years and I ams till trying to recreate my moms Christmas. You got me thinking, maybe it’s time to get a bit of my own creativity.

    Love the table, and the tree, it all looks very fun, which I think is important in this holiday that tends to be so stressful. It so good to hear that you had a great Christmas!

  3. Al, this is a heart-warming post, I am so happy you shared it. It looks like a party I want to attend!

  4. This was amazing, Al. What creativity, indeed. And it sounds like you had a really relaxing, enjoyable time. What warmth coming from this post, from those pictures, from your words. I can almost feel the smile coming from where you are. I really loved this. Your kids are lucky.


  5. Love the photos and the bright colors and fun in them! Sounds like a real happy Christmas.

  6. Miss Anne Thrope

    So glad you and yours are building new traditions, Al. Love to all of you!

  7. What lovely photos! What a great looking table etc. Fabulous my friend. Hope you have had a nice New Years as well xxxx

  8. How is it going Al? Miss seeing your posts. Hope all is well my friend.

    • Hi Maggie !

      Thanks for your concern and thoughts! I’m doing really well, just concentrating on other blogs at the moment. But I’ll be posting here tomorrow for my 3-year anniversary and have other posts lined up for next week. Be well!

      Keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

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