I received this in an email. I thought I would post it just for fun. After all, “we aren’t a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn’t want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life. ” (AA Big Book, pp 132)
‘Twas the night before Christmas, we were all in the club,
Enjoying a meeting, instead of a pub.
The ashtrays were clean, and the coffee was made,
The Big Books were out and then we all prayed.
When out in the lot, there arose such a clatter,
We all jumped up to see what was the matter.
The Chair with his Big Book, and I with my smokes,
Headed outside to find these two blokes.
They came inside and sat at a table,
And said that they’d chair, as soon as they’re able.
To start with, they said, “It’s more than not drinking,
It’s doing your best to have God fix your thinking.”
“First Things First!” and the slogans we used,
Help keep the newcomer from getting confused.
Step 1 is a start, they said we should know,
But after Step 2, we’ll be all aglow.
We make a decision when we got to Step 3,
Step 4 was a bit tough, we all could agree.
Step 5 is the one where we let it all out.
And after Step 6 and 7, we’re left with no doubt.
When we got to Step 8, we made our full list,
And then with Step 9, we have to persist.
After Step 9, more promises ring true,
We didn’t just make that up, right out of the blue.
After that, it’s on with the rest,
The things we must do, to be our best.
They put on their coats and got ready to leave,
A very good end, for this Christmas Eve.
As to their names, we only could guess,
Must have been Bill W. and Dr. Bob S.
The two men hopped into a ’35 Ford,
And as they pulled out, one of them roared:
“We leave this message, for our sisters and brothers:
Trust God, clean house, and be of service to others.
And for all of you people, I just want to say:
Have a nice holiday, and don’t drink today!”