We had a great motivational session on how to boss a Sober Christmas and some of our Sober Club members got some great insights into ‘Christmas’ past, and what they want for ‘Christmas Future’

Christmas is an interesting time, we can find that old triggers pop up, the stories we used to tell ourselves, we can also find ourselves trying to step into new identities, or playing the role of the ‘perfect hostess’ or the ‘fun mum’, chief cook and bottle washer, before ending up frazzled and exhausted.

This year, take the time to notice what you want, how you want this Christmas period to be for you. When you are sober, you can be authentic and value yourself and your needs, you can, with compassion, tell others what you need, set boundaries and if necessary literally butt out.

Determine what you DO want, you’ve done this before I am sure but do a separate ‘woop’ for your Christmas and New Year

W stands for WISH, – What do you want this Christmas to be like?

O stands for OUTCOME – What will it really look like if you get the wish, ie in detail what do you want to happen?

O stands for OBSTACLE – Realistically what might get in the way, or trip you up?

P stands for PLAN – How can you plan to ensure that you will succeed, what can you put in place ? what support do you need?

Its super important to identify the triggers that may come up for you, is it that you always drink a certain drink as you put up the Christmas tree ? Have a Sherry or a glass of Port with the Queens speech? Whatever it used to be – remember the manttra

Don’t allow the wine witch to creep in, making you feel ‘left out’ You are not missing out on anything by not drinking – (well only the toxic liquid), you are gaining the ability to be fully ‘present’

Keep the ritual, change the ingredients!

Alcohol Free Mulled Wine is the best!

You can make a simple alcohol free mulled wine by using any cheap alcohol free red wine, add a sachet of mulled wine spices, an orange with cloves studded through, and a teaspoon of coconut sugar, you may want to add a cinnamon stick, and some orange juice to taste. You could also add a dash of Lyres Italian Orange – yum!

INGREDIENTS

Heres a fancier recipe courtesy of a Sober Club member Abi Skerrit…

1 bottle of AF red wine

400 ml Orange juice

200ml Cranberry juice

1 stick of Cinnamon

3 Star Anise

10 Pink Peppercorns

100 g dark brown soft sugar or Coconut sugar

1 Orange studded with Cloves (about 15 cloves)

1 teaspoon Ginger powder

½ teaspoon ground Nutmeg (freshly grated if possible)

METHOD

Pour red wine, Orange juice, Cranberry juice into a pan

Stud a small Orange with Cloves and add to the pan

Add all the other ingredients and mix well.

Gently bring the liquid to the boil and then simmer for about 10-15 mins.

SERVE!!! Remember its AF so can be enjoyed anytime!

IF pouring into a thick glass, put a metal spoon in the glass first to stop the glass breaking!

Garnish with a slice of Orange or a few Pink Peppercorns!

So get some of the fabulous alcohol free drinks to add to your sober toolkit and ask yourself what tiny new habits or micro steps you need to put into place to make this festive season your best ever.

Try some fabulous Sea Arch, beautiful packaging and now in pre-mixed cans too

Enter to try and win some

Win a Sea Arch set worth £68

Try some Gin-esque

You can enter to win some

For celebrating its hard to beat Noughty AF Sparkling

Enter to win some here

Win some Noughty alcohol free sparkling chardonnay

More competitions to win alcohol free drinks on my blog over at Imperfectly Natural

Want to get creative mixing alcohol free cocktails?

You might also like the alcohol free cocktail making tutorial vid

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