T’was The Night Before Christmas – Recovery Version

T’was the night before Christmas went all through the hall
Not a member was stirring, nor sought alcohol
Coffee and cookies were set out with care
More AA members soon would be there
Each grateful member with no trace of vanity
Gave thanks to the Power that restores us to sanity
The leader of the meeting, like all who have missions
Assigned Chapter Five and The Twelve Traditions
When outside the hall there arose such a clatter
We sprang from our chairs to see what was the matter
In parking a car some bumpers were hit
The man who was wrong did promptly admit
And so to our grateful eyes did appear
Out famous guest speaker, loved far and near
More rapid than eagles the member than came
He hugged them and kissed them and called them by name
Hi Alice; ‘lo Jimmy and God love you Harry…
Betty and Carol and Birthday boy Larry!
Again we all settled and ready to share
The leader of the meeting led the Serenity Prayer
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly
When they meet with and obstacle mount to the sky
So up to sobriety the members they flew
With the Twelve to follow, Twelve Traditions too
The Seventh Tradition inevitably came
The leader then called out speaker by name
He wore his red suit, red cap and no tie
But soon let us know with a wink of his eye
That Christmas for us we must learn to think
Means staying away from the very first drink
A bundle of joys he told us we’d find
“Read the Big Book for true peace of mind”
At the end of the meeting he led the Prayer
And gave us the word; Continue to share”
But I heard him exclaim as he picked up his pack
”Don’t ever forget to “Keep Coming Back!”

Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays!


“Chop wood, Carry Water”


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