Managing Your Holidays by Marcia K. Washburn ~ Review

Another awesome book in the Management for Moms Series. Each of these books are so helpful and easy to use. They are small but fully of wonderful helpful tips and information. Mrs. Washburn has been a wife and mother of 5 boys. She isn’t a stranger to family life. These books would make wonderful gifts to your children as they grow up and leave home and start their own families.

If you are like a lot of homeschoolers, we love to celebrate at the drop of a hat. Who doesn’t love to have fun and find excuses to eat? However, these celebrations can put a lot of stress on a mother. This adds extra load to a mother job of cleaning, cooking, decorating and organizing everything. This book goes into how to enjoy these special days without being stressed out.

The first thing she goes into is Cramped Hospitality. Wow, when you read she had a 3 bedroom home and 5 boys, it doesn’t sound to bad. But now with all those boys gone and married and she says with them alone there is 22 people in their home, she had to get creative with where to put everyone. The topics she covers in this area is:

  • Sleeping Arrangements
  • Bathrooms
  • Serving Food for a Crowd
  • Involve Your Children

Next she goes through 3 different special events they like to celebrate:

  1. Birthday
  2. Thanksgiving
  3. Christmas

She shares how she spreads the joy out throughout the year of the holidays and not just during the rush of the holidays. Find other times in the year that you can do special “holidays” with your family and friends and not just during the rush of the end of the year holidays.

She makes suggestions how to bring the family together as the grow up and leave home at other times of the year. We would love to keep the holidays as they have always been but sometimes that can’t be done. So she makes suggestions of other times to have them.

Another amazing section is the tips for making the holidays easier. She goes into detail of different things that will help:

  • Communicating
  • Gifts
  • Gatherings
  • Decorating
  • Baking
  • Meditating

Another awesome section is on manners. Wow, what an amazing section to! She goes into detail how to set a beautiful table, how you serve at the table and proper etiquette.

The last major section is on planning for the event. She again goes into detail how to do each part of the event to help cut down on the stress and enjoy the event more. She also goes into how to use her awesome templates in the book.

The last part of the book is her special recipes that she so graciously shares with us.

This is a terrific book and would also be good to teach your children, too. MATCH highly recommends this wonderful resource.

To get your copy check out Marcia Washburn’s website at Watch for her monthly articles in the newsletter for more wonderful helps.