There are certain industries that turn these special occasions into a big money-making machine. Here are some businesses and industries that are certainly generating big money during the holidays:
Whenever holidays such as Christmas and New Year fall, that means buying presents. If we are getting dizzy with all the shopping, we go hungry, so we run to the nearest restaurant to have some quick chow or go to an old favorite cafe to have a cup of “pick-me-up.” It is no doubt that the holiday shopping traffic surely helps in boosting sales in the restaurant industry.
2. Candies and sweets
The confectionery industry is surely making a sweet profit during certain special occasions. Candy makers churn out boxes of heart-shaped chocolates for Valentine’s Day, candy canes on Christmas, chocolate bunnies and parti-colored marshmallow Peeps on Easter, candy corns on Thanksgiving and other sweet morsels for Halloween trick-or-treat. Among all the other holidays, Easter comes out victorious in the candy competition. These commercial confectioneries know that we can’t get rid of sweets, and they have always taken advantage of that during certain holidays.
3. Greeting cards
Even in this high-tech era, it seems greetings cards will never go out of fashion. Although you may receive an e-greeting card from your Gmail inbox, nothing beats than getting an actual one during special holidays. Besides, what better way to convey your feelings to someone you care than sending them a greeting card during their birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, graduations or job promotions?
A holiday is not a holiday without some alcohol. There’s even St. Patrick Day that devotes much on the booze. Actually, alcohol can be enjoyed any time of the day (but drink moderately, folks), but when holidays and special occasions fall, expect bars and liquor stores to become filled to the brim (pardon the pun).
5. Malls and shopping
Malls, shopping centers and shopping arcades overflow with people especially on certain holidays like Christmas and New Year. Because when these special occasions fall, it means hitting the malls to buy presents, which leads to a horrible holiday shopping traffic. While it means bad news to the shoppers, it otherwise means great news to the store owners and mall tenants.
Fireworks may not be legal in some regions, but they certainly give a literal bang to every New Year, Fourth of July, Guy Fawkes Day, or Chinese New Year celebration. Explosions in the night sky never fail to bring gasps of awe and delight from children and adults alike. No wonder, fireworks are a hot, hot commodity on these certain occasions.
Thank God for infomercials, as they provide the last-minute option for people who don’t have the time (or are too tired) to go to the malls, or for people who have browsed through a multitude of shopping websites but still could not decide what to buy. For one thing, these infomercials show actual demonstrations of the featured product. These demos look so effective that they almost lure you to hit the dial button. If it weren’t for these late night/early morning infomercials appearing on our boob tubes, we would have been a disappointment if we come to a Christmas reunion or a birthday party empty-handed.
Holidays and special occasions mean seeing and reuniting with our families and friends, and there are a lot of people who travel from the other side of the world just to be with them. Modern transportation has tremendously helped people to get to the more remote places in a short space of time. But among all other forms, airlines are seen as the fastest and the most efficient method of travel which enables people to travel to great distances, yet manage to make it home for the holidays. It’s no surprise that airline seats are always fully booked or sold out during the holidays, with the cheapest seats usually amounting to thousands.