New holiday traditions, to sweeten the chaos


There’s a lot about the holidays I look forward to. The beautiful rituals, and being with people I love, and Jesus (one of my true loves). But… there’s a lot about the holidays in North America that I could do without. So I try to keep this season as gentle as possible. Here’s my way of sweetening the chaos and creating beauty that doesn’t weigh heavy on Mother Earth…

THE best hot cocoa recipe—that’s NUTRITIOUS
Vancouver-based nutritionist, Desiree Nielson got me into this delicious Superfood Hot Cocoa that’s vegan and gluten free. The recipe is here!

Shower the people you love with… a few simple words
My friend Carrie M. inspired this years ago: Dinner place cards that really honour your guests. Simple words. Any positive word-concept-thought you have about them. This may be the sweetest gift they’ve received in a long time—some poetic acknowledgement. I guarantee they’ll leave with these tucked close to their heart.

Freedom… to not gift (‘tis a beautiful thing)
A few years ago I asked a bunch of my friends, “Hey, so, can our gift to each other this year be that we don’t exchange gifts?” The unanimous answer: “Oh my God! I would love that!

Friends don’t let friends stress out or overspend.

Gifting concert tickets
Concert tix are my favourite gift to give. Because MUSIC. Is everything. Because… date night!

Gifting The Desire Map Weekly Planner
I’m so proud of The Desire Map Planner Program this year. (Well, every year… but this year especially because it always gets better.) I love gifting Planners to any dreamer-doers on the list, and my old school types who still like paper ‘n pen planning.

Because this:

With an organic elegance The Desire Map couples our primal desire-energy with the inborn intelligence of our feelings. The result? Optimizing our time on Earth. LaPorte’s joie de vivre is contagious. Prepare to catch it.” – Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Life Visioning

And this:

I literally get tears in my eyes when I think about how this program is shifting my perception and helping me to really go after what is truly important and to let go of the rest.”  – Catherine Just, Photographer


Spread the Light by keeping it lite,

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PS. Start some new traditions. Share this with your loved ones.

The latest: a list of beautiful little holiday traditions from Danielle LaPorte.
“Friends don’t let friends stress out or overspend”—and a few other ideas for keeping the holidays lite.


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