Preparing for the Holidays with Government Publications

‘Tis the season for indulging in your grandma’s world famous dessert, singing to your favorite holiday album on repeat, finding an excuse to wear your tacky sweater anywhere you can, and … reading Government books? That’s right! The GPO Bookstore is here to help you prepare right for the holidays.

If you’re anything like us, you’re no professional chef. And try as you might, you might not be 100% confident in your cooking skills come Thanksgiving Day. That’s where Food Safety: A Need to Know Guide for Those at Risk from the Department of Agriculture comes in. Especially if you are inviting older adults, children under five years, cancer patients, or pregnant women to your Thanksgiving dinner. This publication is designed to provide practical guidance on how to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses so you can focus on family, football, and food, not feeling lousy!

One popular holiday tradition is sitting by the fireplace and admiring the Christmas Tree. But did you know pests can be found on fir Christmas trees? We don’t know about you, but the only things we want on our tree are ornaments, lights, candy canes, and garland! Christmas Tree Pest Manual from the Department of Agriculture and U.S. Forest Service is here to save the holiday. This publication includes information you need to know to diagnose and manage pest problems in your tree. In addition to the illustrated pest profiles, you will find practical advice on how to look for and recognize potential pests, how to select trees less likely to be damaged by pests, and how to keep pests at low levels.

What would the holidays be without a little excitement from gift giving? After tearing open wrapping paper, untying ribbons and bows, opening boxes, pulling out tissue paper from gift bags, and cutting open plastic to get to new toys, it’s almost inevitable that you create quite a bit more waste during the holidays than normal. Does your family ever re-use bags or ribbon year to year? If so, you’re already on the right track! The Consumer’s Handbook for Reducing Solid Waste from the Environmental Protection Agency describes how you can help solve the growing problem or garbage. It outlines practical steps to reduce the amount and toxicity of garbage. This handbook includes success stories, reusable vocabulary, and other resources.

The holidays are right around the corner … we can hardly believe it! We hope these publications help you enjoy every moment of this special time of year.

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About the author: Blogger contributor Cat Goergen is the PR Specialist in GPO’s Public Relations office.

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