Hey bjb & taraK!
Welcome to the site! Thanks for your shares.
bjb, you might not have family support... but there are probably 2,000,000 in the Fellowship of A.A. --- and I'll bet you'd find a bunch of those who will be supportive. You'll even find a few of us here at Step12.com -- and all you have to do is reach out -- and we'll reach back.
True... they may not seem like family, yet... when you're new. But, they kind of have a way of... ehhh? "getting close to you".
It may not be the same thing for you... each of our experiences is different. I'm kind of glad my family wasn't around when I was trying to learn to live sober. I was able to adopt friends in the A.A. Fellowship as my family, they became like my A.A. mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. And, they've always been here for me.
For me, on the holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas... I would rather be around a bunch of A.A.'s at a Holiday A.A. function.... than trying to mingle with family that I never felt too comfortable being around anyway. My A.A. family knows how I feel and what's going on in my head... they can relate, and they can help. My blood family? That's another story that's totally different.
At least my A.A. family won't be offering me a glass of wine to go with the Turkey dinner... and they won't be offering rum and brandy for the Christmas and New Year's nog --- and they won't be making snide remarks like "What's wrong? Can't you have just one? Do you think you really have a drinking problem? Ahhh... you're not alcoholic! You're family!" (Geeezzzz.... the nightmares those scenarios could bring up when I was new!)
Either way... like I said... it may not be the same way for you... since we're all kind of different about many things.
I have found that it helps me a lot to hang close to my A.A. family during the holidays! It was important for me when I was new... and it's still important to me now, after I've been around here for a while.
Best wishes to you! And, Keep coming back!