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Holiday Cheer Sans Alcohol

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I know there are many people stressing over getting through the holidays without alcohol.

I got sober days before Thanksgiving in 2019. Do you want to know how I handled my first holiday? I slept through almost the ENTIRE thing.

The night before Thanksgiving, our friends always throw a big party with lots of alcohol. It was so insanely uncomfortable for me to be there sober, and I was absolutely exhausted by the end of the evening. The next day, I slept in, ate breakfast, napped while the kids and Travis went to the gym, went to the house we were having Thanksgiving dinner, napped on the floor while "watching football", ate dinner, stayed long enough for pie, and then left. I was barely social, probably borderline rude, but I made it, and for that reason I was happy.

Listen, if you're newly sober, or you struggle during the holidays, your day may not be everything you wish it would be, and that's okay!! You need to give yourself permission to focus on you and your needs. What do you need in order to accomplish your goal of staying sober?

Non-alcoholic beverages?

A sober partner for the day?

Someone to call if it gets hard?

An escape plan?

A reward?

To simply stay home?

I would also encourage you to start creating a positive experience by telling a positive story in your head. No matter what, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and New Years are going to be fun and full of blessings. I am going to enjoy my days celebrating with family and friends, or maybe I am going to enjoy a day full of peace and solitude. I will be prepared and even if it doesn't go as planned, I will find peace and growth in every moment.

Don't forget...

You are strong.

You are capable.

You are worthy.

Alcohol has no hold over you.

You do not need to be "one of the crowd".

You have a compelling future beyond these few days.

And remember... there is nothing romantic or beautiful about being drunk or having a hangover, holiday or not.

Sober Thanksgiving 2019


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