I do not think it is any key that when it comes to family gatherings, alcohol is nearly always involved. It doesn’t matter what the lifestyle, most families have their alcohol consumption they serve at getaway and other family get togethers. Like with the Mormons, unless of course alcohol is forbidden within their faith. I definitely originate from the family where at every vacation, beer and wine is always available. I don’t believe some folks in my own family and many other people’s families will be able to tolerate some family events without alcohol.
While I meet up with everybody I myself have gotten to a point where when I get to a family gathering, I seem ahead to a glass of wine to sip. If my extended family begins to get on my nerves and I love that 2nd or 3rd glass of wine. I’ve come to understand that alcohol is simply a part of family culture when you bring extended family nearer together for an occasion.
However, I do not believe it is difficult to visit a family gathering rather than have alcohol unlike many people I know who just be appalled. There are a lot of individuals out there that have experienced a rough trip and entered into restoration for an addiction to alcohol. These people can’t be exposed to alcohol sometimes, and they should not be excluded from family gatherings only because other people in that family want to drink. But I have noticed this occur, also in my family.
This past Christmas Event, I had the opportunity to see what respecting another’s sobriety at family gatherings really is like, what not drinking at a family party feels like. You know what, it isn’t poor, actually, it is gratifying.
You see, my best friend’s mother is a recovering alcoholic. Her alcoholism caused him a lot of grief, when we were in senior high school. Nevertheless, in the past couple of years she has gone through 12 step programs and gone to rehabilitation and has really gotten in control of her lifestyle and her drinking. She asked my companion, myself, and another members of the family of hers up to her condo for a Christmas Eve celebration earlier this year. And of course, there was no alcohol.
This wasn’t even talked about beforehand. All of us just understood not to bring alcohol and not to expect alcohol. And the night was excellent! Used to do not skip not drinking at all. I had been with his incredible family and my companion. A lack of alcohol can not detract from your good spirits there.
At the conclusion of the evening, my best friend’s mother was so very happy to have had us over also to have celebrated the holiday in such a relaxing means. And I experienced proud that people all honored her sobriety without any worries or discomforts. This made me think of all of the times I have seen since they did not need to sacrifice alcohol at a family celebration other family members change their loved ones that are in recovery away, and it made me sad.
Family parties are for being with folks you like and honoring any occasion, a birthday, an accomplishment, an engagement, whatever. It’s not for consuming. Which can be a good part of it, however it the gathering can nevertheless be good without it.