Somewhere out there, there is a child who will be alone tonight. While other children are leaving out cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer, this child will be staring anxiously at the lights on the tree, hoping and praying that his or her parents will make it home safely from that Christmas party where too much alcohol is being served.
Somewhere there is a child who will be taken to a Christmas party where too much alcohol is being served, and she or he will probably witness some sort of fight or argument with tears and then have to pray all the way home that his or her drunk-driving parent will somehow miraculously get them all home alive. When they get home, he or she will fervently hope that they will go to bed and not scream or fight or cry o,r even worse, involve him or her in some alcohol fueled madness.
Somewhere there is a child who will go down to the tree on Christmas morning afraid to wake up his or her hung-over parents. And when they do wake up, they won't be in a very festive mood, or, worse yet, they will still be drunk from the night before. There may be tears /fights around the Christmas tree. This child is not excited, he or she is anxious and afraid and just wants it all to be over.
Somewhere there is a child who has lots of expensive presents waiting for him or her under the tree, whose parents think that all they have to do is buy stuff to make a nice Christmas, when all that kid really wishes and hopes and prays for every night is for his or her parents to STOP DRINKING.
How do I know these children are out there?
Because I was all of them at one Christmas or another.
Your children are learning everything about how to celebrate Christmas from YOU. Please don't drink this Christmas. Show them that it's possible to have fun without having alcohol to drink. It's the BEST gift you could ever give them.