I conducted an admittedly unscientific study on the correlation between festively decorating the outside of your home for the holidays, sending seasonal greeting cards, and predicting the upcoming job market . My theory is that if the majority of people set up holiday displays like lights, wreaths, ornaments, figurines, etc. on their lawns and send out physical and email cards, the job market will be good the following year. , that is. On the contrary, the absence of displays and a decline in cards does not bode well for the job market in the new year.i claim there is There can be a strong correlation between how you decorate your home and how you feel about the economy, your personal finances, your job security, and your future prospects regarding these issues. If you have confidence in your job, the stock market, the value of your home, and feel like the future is bright, you’re more likely to go out and buy things and put up holiday decorations. If not, then it’s not. t.
Driving around their quaint suburban home in Westfield, N.J. (about an hour from Manhattan), the children note that there are fewer colorful decorations decorating the house than in years past. I pointed out that I noticed that. When they brought this up, during our trips to the supermarket, mall, and local store (yes, life is kind of boring in the suburbs), we paid attention to the house, but the decor was much… I was left with the belief that there were few. previous year. Also, our kitchen cabinet was missing the dozens of cards that we normally receive and display until now. The same goes for my office. He received several holiday email cards and two physical cards. Internal polling of people and reports from New York City, Lincoln, Nebraska, Westchester, New York, and Los Angeles, California confirm what I’ve seen here in New Jersey.
This is my theory. Decorating the exterior of your home requires time, effort, money, and dedication. First you need to go to the basement or dirty cold attic and look where you put last year’s decorations. When you open the dusty box, you’ll notice that the decorations are a little frayed and dingy. The lights are intertwined. After spending half an hour untangling it, swearing, and getting angrier by the minute, when I plugged it in for a test, about half the lights weren’t on and a quarter were blinking sadly and dimly. I found out that there is.
It takes energy and motivation to gather the family and go to Target or your favorite store to buy new decorations. This requires gathering families (similar to herding cats), agreeing on stores, fighting traffic jams, and being willing to deal with crowds (albeit less than in pre-Amazon days). After discussing lighting and the tackiness of a particular lawn display, we come to an agreement and drive back to the house to begin work on the house. Of course, removing a 6-foot-tall ladder and dangling precariously over the edge of a roof to hang a light is a brave and foolhardy move. As I stagger up the ladder, my life unfolds in front of me, the pain of falling and breaking my leg, my kids having a blast falling off the ladder, and my wife getting irritated and saying, “I told you so.” Think about which is the worst. Man, that was a really bad idea. ”
Of course, when it comes to holiday cards, I can’t find the list I made last year and promised to keep somewhere easily accessible. Now you need to start compiling all over again. Would you send a card to your sister-in-law who divorced her brother? What about your niece or nephew who didn’t give you a gift for your daughter’s graduation? What about those relatives you’ve never met or have any interest in, but you always send cards out of habit?
These are just some of the things that go into making these decisions. Considering the time and effort it takes to do these things, you have to be optimistic and energetic to overcome all the hurdles. It is clear that many of us do not have enough good spirits this year. December has so far been the worst December for stocks since the Great Depression 80 years ago. Government statistics show unemployment is at an all-time low, and there are reports that companies like Verizon and GM are laying off tens of thousands of workers. Anecdotally, we all know about middle-aged and older people who were laid off and couldn’t find a suitable job after months of searching. The bickering between Democrats and Republicans has become cartoon-like, but this is the reality, and we are concerned about the questionable intelligence, character, and morality of our so-called political leaders, and this is true for all politics. It applies to that aspect. Mass media is bombarded with shockwaves about Russian interference, the fallout from the trade war with China, the California wildfires, the opioid epidemic, the rise in suicides, school shootings, and sexual assault by celebrities, technology, and social figures. It scares us about facts. Media companies are selling our data, spying on us, and brutally killing and dismembering us. washington post This author is said to have been authorized by the Prince of Saudi Arabia, a good ally of ours. North Korea continues to pose a persistent nuclear threat, the United States is still at war in the Middle East 17 years after September 11th, Europe is experiencing drama over Brexit, Yellow Jacket protests in Paris, and Europe. The continent is in turmoil, including riots in other parts of the continent. immigration policy. I could go on, but that would only bring us all down.
With this in mind, you can understand why people can’t or won’t muster the energy to decorate their homes in a festive manner. An avalanche of negative emotions saps your energy. There is currently a lack of enthusiasm for the future.
I think this will make for a difficult job market in early 2019. Companies need to be confident in their future hires. At the beginning of 2018, companies were optimistic that tax cuts, a new pro-business administration, and the rollback of regulations would be good for business. As a result, corporate executives hired more people, pushed unemployment to its lowest level in 60 years, launched new initiatives and bought back their own stocks. Unfortunately, this enthusiasm seems to be waning. Businesses will enter 2019 with some trepidation and caution. CEOs and executives will worry about the stock market because they have too many employees if they hold back on new initiatives until the situation softens and they feel things are improving.
It would be logical to conclude that they will conservatively postpone hiring and even start cutting staff in case the situation worsens further.
Sadly, I don’t want to be the Grinch, but my home decor looks like a beacon of where the economy is going, and it’s not too bright. Don’t worry; these things rise and fall very quickly. Just as the stock market has risen and fallen rapidly, the opposite can happen again. The business climate is fickle and can change with good news. Parties may find ways to work together, such as by agreeing to major infrastructure projects that will put thousands of people to work and improve highways, bridges, tunnels and railways. If we can find a compromise in the trade war, settle the issue with Russia, and withdraw our soldiers from endless wars, things could start to look brighter next year, with lights on in every house.