Tip #032 – Managing Holiday Dates


Tip #032
Managing Holiday Dates

You’ve learned how to get flowerSoft to ask you for the holiday name.
Bbut how does flowerSoft know what the correct holiday dates are year after year, for holidays that do not fall on the same date each year?

The answer is that flowerSoft does not know. It has to depend on you changing the dates at the end of each year. However, flowerSoft gives you a fairly easy way to do this.
First of all, flowerSoft comes with a database of just about every holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada.

Mayor and minor ones. Last time I looked, the database had 77 entries. That is an entry for each of 77 different holidays.
Obviously, you do not need to enter dates for each of those holidays if you never or hardly ever have a call for orders celebrating a particular holiday on the list.

The database contains one field that allows you to suppress that holiday.
Entering a “Y” in that field will prevent it from being shown on the holidays list during order taking.

Of course some holidays, like Christmas or Valentine’s Day always fall on the same date, but what about the ones that do not, like Chanukah? How do you get those dates?
Well, here is where you have to put a little effort into this but still, flowerSoft tries to make it as painless as possible.
First, it tells you what the date rule is for each holiday and then by providing you with references, which are links to websites that provide the date information for each holiday.
You will, however, have to enter that information manually but think of all the headaches it will save you later.
After all, there are only a handful of important holidays that do not fall on the same date each year.

There you have it, a way to distinguish between different holidays falling within the same month.

So, where do you manage this holiday database from?
You manage it, like most other things, from the Manager’s menu.  This time from the Periodic Procedures option.
There you will find an option called “Holidays” that when selected, will take you to this menu.

Again, if you are going to use this feature, it is extremely important that you maintain the holiday dates by updating them at the end of each year.

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