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Happy sobriety on New Year's Eve: what if we offered intangible gifts at Christmas?


Offering meaning rather than an avalanche of gifts, imagining an eco-friendly menu that tickles the taste buds... What if we shared the holidays differently, calming our consumer frenzy without giving up the art of joy?

Combining sobriety and end-of-year celebrations…, a utopia?

We are more than one to dream of it, sometimes without admitting it to ourselves.

It is possible to reconcile pleasure and minimalism by creating our own way of life, says Marie Quéru, founder of L'Arrangeuse, an “interior ecology” consulting service.

The idea of ​​the concept she created: cultivate a new relationship with objects and space in order to anchor our daily lives in a desirable lasting.

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"We can celebrate Christmas differently when we realize that objects do not necessarily make us happy," she says.

We can then easily give meaning to gifts.

For example, making a reasoned list with the children, who are extraordinarily wise when we explain to them the issues of ethics.

"Sharing this list with loved ones helps to lighten everyone's mental load and environmental pollution," she says.

Consider offering intangible gifts, such as subscriptions, books on Audible or a family outing, and wrapping the gifts with recycled paper from magazines or


(reusable fabric).

Cooking together is also an idea: “Instead of fantasizing about a moment that often ends in shouting matches, because everyone is confined to their own universe, it is a question of co-constructing real moments of sharing.


Last year, I offered a talking circle to my family.

They loved

Murielle Master, coach

At coach Murielle Maître, we are fans of parties in essential mode: “Last year, I offered a talking circle to my family.

Everyone was able to take the time to take stock of the past year and the one to come.

They loved it.

This support pro also appreciates the spirit of Secret Santa: “Each one brings a single gift, for a person who is drawn by lot.

On the Boonjy site, you share your wish list with your loved ones, you create a kitty to make a dream come true or offer it to a charity.

Another secret weapon of Murielle Maître: take the time to sort, tidy up, clean, finish what is not, to enter 2023 having cleared the way.

"I like to prepare an exceptional dinner without going overboard, taking the time to celebrate the

last year and go to bed early to welcome what is opening," she recalls.

Across the Atlantic, the most avant-garde advise to avoid alcohol to save the


(the depression felt after a drunken evening, alcohol causing dopamine to drop).

So why not try a rebel

Dry December


A glass of alcohol-free organic sparkling wine (the delicious French Bloom) or a glass of JNPR (pronounced Juniper), made from botanical distillates made in Grasse, will seduce those who prefer to see everything in pink on the morning of January 1st.

Health !

Here are six ideas to give another vibe to our New Year's Eve.

Ego gestures

Care for yourself.

Reusable Advent calendar, with 25 iconic treatments, Susanne Kaufmann. €450.


Harvested in the forests of France or northern Europe, birch sap detoxifies and remineralizes as the holidays approach.

Or after !

Half a glass a day on an empty stomach for three weeks. €14.50 per 75 cl bottle (1 course = 3 bottles), S[aè]ve.

In pharmacies or on

Birch water from Finland, Evoleum, 12-day cure, €50.

A bath in nature

Silence of the countryside, scents of forests… It's on the menu of the micro-hotel 48° Nord, in an ecovillage in Alsace, Breitenbach.

The address, beautiful, practical and durable, is perfect for breathing in the best of the Vosges.

After a snowshoe outing, cross-country skiing or a ski joëring session (with a horse), enjoy a Nordic bath in the privacy of a raw wood chalet, with sauna and view of the valley.

A dinette at chef Frédéric Metzger's table – food sourced less than 150 km away – and in bed for a sweet daydream.

A home retreat treatment

Online wellness cures are a hit in the United States.

Here, we get started with Pleace (the contraction of “place” and “peace”), a 100% digital program supervised by professionals.

Emotional questionnaire, work on the breath, cardiac coherence, hypnosis,


... A real reset parenthesis without leaving home.

To give away, the La Pause Pleace well-being box, with a 72-page feel good guide and goodies (€80).

A talking circle

Celebrating our small and big victories, taking care of what connects us, loving and loving each other… The talking circle is a way of saying what is important for oneself, while welcoming what is important for the other.

Facilitated by a pro, it puts into action the magic of the circle, the one that softens everything.

As a family, for New Year's Eve, or online, with strangers who share our values, come on, let's dare!

Martial Baiet, coach and talking circle facilitator.


: 06 11 60 26 47.

A silent experience

Need to take stock?

Treat yourself to an initiatory silent retreat, lasting three to six days, to experience the virtues of silence: appeasement, liberating and purifying effect, inspiration, unraveling of emotional knots, alignment.

We breathe!

An e-coaching session

Build 2023 as you dream, by creating your

vision board

online, at your own pace, whenever you want.

A beautiful gift at a low price, to offer or to offer yourself, alone, with friends and even with family.

Allow 1h30 to 2 hours in total for 25 euros.

In the kitchen !

Do you want to bring together ethics and practice without sacrificing the pleasures of the taste buds?

We immerse ourselves in

One Pot, Pan, Planet,

by Anna Jones, this

Sunday Times bestseller,

which shares a greener way of cooking for our family and the planet.

Peas, lemon confit in salt, caramelized dates… Dahl in the oven, sweet potatoes and tamarind glaze… Chocolate cake, olive oil and rosemary… It's good, idealism!

One Pot, Pan, Planet,

by Anna Jones, Editions La Plage, €35.

Source: lefigaro

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