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Creating New Traditions for a Sober Holiday

Who said that tiramisu had to have brandy or cognac? Is there a law that egg nog must have rum in it? Must mulled wine be served at Christmas? Does Champagne absolutely have to be popped when the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve? The holidays are full of wonderful, cherished traditions, that we have celebrated with for many years. Our first holidays sober can seem awkward and uncomfortable as we casually, mostly confidently, reject the offer of spiked eggnog, simply push our mulled wine aside, and fill our champagne glass with a mimosa- minus the champagne on New Year’s Eve.

Recovery is about reinvention. We take who we were before our active addiction and use their influence to create who we are in recovery, after our active addiction. We don’t abandon who we were during our drinking and using. Compassionately, we confront and customize the different parts of our character- maximizing the best and minimizing the most problematic. Each day we wake up clean and sober, we wake up to a revolution, changing our biology from head to toe. We decide who we want to be and how we want to live our life because we are no longer under the influence of drugs and alcohol. By coming to the realization we needed to get sober, then taking the necessary steps to begin our program of recovery, we realized that anything is possible. As the holidays come around and we start to feel nervous about how we will fit in, we realize something incredible: we don’t have to.

Traditions have to be created at some point. We have created a new life for ourselves in recovery, which means we can create new traditions. We can make eggnog however we want. We don’t even have to make egg nog, we can make Christmas virgin strawberry daiquiris if we want. We can go out to eat, we can take a vacation, we can buy cookies instead of bake them. On New Year’s Eve, we can toast with sparkling apple cider or our favorite La Croix flavor of sparkling water. The possibilities are endless, because the possibilities of our life in sobriety are endless. Recovery has turned us into capable, compassionate, authentic women. Life is what we make it. Whatever traditions we keep, change, or create anew entirely, we do it with the fierce passion of our sobriety.


The holidays can be a trying time for sobriety and often brings women to the realization they need treatment. After primary treatment, transitional living extends the safety, structure, and support system women need to continue growing in their recovery. Villa Tranquil offers women between the ages of 18 and 65 this unique opportunity from the comforts of a stunning, serene estate in Jupiter Farms, Florida. Call us today for information:  214-799-3080