The weather turned chilly and windy a few days ago. It has been a roller coaster of warm balmy weather followed by seasonal temperatures. I'm not complaining because both are good. The chilly temperatures make it a little more difficult to do things on the boat, but when I come home to a warm house and a fire going in the gathering room, it's wonderful.
Yesterday, we baked pies and pound cakes. The coconut pies and boxed pound cakes above are some of our gifts to friends. The cookies were baked last night and will be part of the food at the open house we are having for recovery folks on Boxing Day. So far there are 36 people coming. It seems a little bit overwhelming at this point. But I'm sure we will have enough food for them, and it will all be fine. I like that with so many people around, they can entertain themselves.
I went to my last meetings before Christmas. I think that there will be a meeting on Christmas night. I'm glad that the meetings continue regardless of the day. Someone who needs a respite, peace, and a safe place to be will find that in a meeting. There is a place for people to be on days when the world seems too much or the season just a bit too jolly. That is such a good thing.
I remember when my wife was first sober, we took a ham and cake over to a meeting on the other side of town. So many people were there who had no family or other place they wanted to be. The AA club house was open all day with meetings going throughout the day and into Christmas night. It was truly something that I will remember for many years and still brings tears to my eyes. Both her sponsors who were there that day are dead. Others that she truly liked have died or moved away. But I'm sure many will be there on Christmas day to be with their fellows and enjoy the priceless gift of serenity.