Monday, January 6, 2014

Everyday Confetti

Our family makes a point to celebrate birthdays and we have special traditions for Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. So when I got the book, Everyday Confetti, I was intrigued. It is a guide to how to celebrate year-round, by putting emphasis on some of the forgotten holidays and regular days.

The book starts with an overview of how to celebrate special occasions and gives fun ideas on things you may not think about like 'Golden Birthdays' when a person's birthday is the same as the age they are turning, like turning 10 on the 10th. Then it goes through the whole year and highlights the holidays for each season and gives ideas on things to do, ways to decorate or how to make that day special. There are also some interesting looking recipes, like the Navy Bean soup they serve in the House Senate each day or ideas on how to have a colonial Thanksgiving.

I think it does a good job in helping us see how the ordinary can become special when we put a little thought into it. I think the danger is for people who Pinterest perfectionists to feel bad because they didn't make a special Cherry Granola for President's day. But for someone who is wanting to create traditions and memories with her family this book can be a one-stop-shop for ideas and recipes without getting overwhelmed by the gazillion ideas on Pinterest. It's good to be able to just flip to that month or holiday, pick and choose an idea and go with that, knowing that no one could do everything listed in the book.

One think I really did like was the emphasis on service. Many of the ideas were just about how it was important to celebrate things like Veteran's Day by honoring veterans in our life, either just in acknowledging their sacrifice or by doing something special for them or for their family. We do often just drift through those kinds of holidays with no more than a general Facebook post of thanks, or worse, nothing at all. And the book is decidedly Christian in style with verses and devotionals concerning the holidays.

This was a quick read and would be a good reference to keep on hand for ideas.

I received a copy of this book through the Revell Blogger Review Program, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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