HOLIDAY GREETINGS TO ALL
Hanukkah, the Jewish Feast of Lights began sundown December 20 and will last eight days. Happy Hanukkah to all of our members and readers who celebrate the holiday.
The Twelve Days of Christmas begin Sunday, December 25. AMerry Christmas to all who celebrate that holiday.
Wednesday, December 21 is the Winter Solstice. Another year around the sun! A Happy Solstice to all.
CELEBRATE WITH THE BELLAIRE CLUB
the festivities kick off after the Noon Meeting with a showing of that holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. Other movies may follow. All being sponsored by the Open Door Group that meets daily at 10:00. Coach is heading the holiday celebration details.
Then there is our regular 8:00 PM Candlelight Meeting and later at 11:00 PM will be our annual Christmas Eve Meeting. So, if you are not busy hanging your stockings with care or those visions of sugar plums just won’t dance in your heads, then this is the meeting for you. Our leader this year will again be Mark Z.
On Christmas Day we will follow our regular Sunday meeting schedule. After the Sunday Noon Meeting we will have a holiday feast, with food provided by our talented Bellaire Club cooks. Look at the sign up sheets to see the menu and add your offering.
On New Year’s Eve, we will have The Meeting of the Year, our 30th annual Midnight Meeting to welcome in a new year of sobriety. Special lighting and decorations along with a moving format always guarantees a very stirring experience that will last a long time.
As has been part of the get together, the Southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas along with other favorites like cabbage, Hoppin’ John and homemade cornbread will follow the meeting.
Don’t forget to list your offering on the sign up sheet.
FAREWELL SALAD DAYS
Remember that dream lease the board and members of the moving committee negotiated for us? It was a dream in that it allowed us to pay minimum rent until we finished the build out and got back on our feet. Looks like time is running out and we have to begin paying full rent soon.
Please keep that in mind when the basket comes around and maybe throw in a little extra. If money is tight right now, please encourage attendance and support all the new and young meetings. A butt in every seat at every meeting should be our goal for the new year. And always time to encourage people to join the club.
Please remember to always greet anyone you do not know. Determine if they are visiting from out of town or just locals out slumming. No matter, make sure they are introduced to at least one other person and that they know where they can get coffee or other refreshments. Don’t let them leave without a warm goodbye and a meeting schedule.
We have seven celebrants commemorating milestones of sobriety this month.
Our congratulations to all of these celebrants of major milestones in their sobriety.
If you are looking for a nice gift to give any of the celebrants, have you thought of making a donation in their honor of any amount you choose to the Bellaire Club so instrumental in their sobriety? That gift will be most appreciated by the celebrants as well as the club. Also might spare you frenzied shopping during this month of frenzied shopping. Ask anyone behind the counter for a card.
AND TODAY’S LEADER IS. . .
While deep in his daily orisons the day after the monthly board meeting, your editor was able to channel the famous Joan Crawford. What follows is a transcript of that encounter.
EDITOR: Good morning, Ms. Crawford. Delighted to have you here. I have always been a fan of yours.
PARTING HOLIDAY THOUGHTS
In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it “Christmas” and went to church; the Jews called it “Hanukkah” and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say “Merry Christmas!” or “Happy Hanukkah!” or (to the atheists) “Look out for the wall!” Dave Barry – Christmas Shopping: A Survivor’s Guide
Most Texans think Hanukkah is some sort of duck call. Richard Lewis
Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. Washington Irving