Holidays represent a great opportunity for writing a nonfiction piece as well as providing setting for a short story or even a novel.
Most nonfiction publications favor holiday submissions, Christmas being the most popular. They love these "evergreen" articles. However, tip number one, make certain to follow the guidelines. Usually magazines and anthologies will give you submission deadlines. Don’t submit either before or after them. It’s an automatic rejection.
Second, if there are no guidelines provided, plan to submit at least six months in advance of the particular holiday--with some publications, even earlier. If you happen to write horror fiction, for instance, October is a great month for publication. However, stories need to be submitted months earlier. Novels are different, of course. But even if you’re self-publishing, you need to figure out how much time is required. You don’t want your Christmas story published on July 4th.
Third, make certain that the reference to the holiday appears both in the submission/query letter as well as the subject line if you’re e-mailing. Editors need the info upfront.
Here is a short story market that specifically wants holiday writing:
King’s River Life which, although not a paying market, publishes numerous holiday mystery stories and gives exposure in the form of publicity:
Are there any holidays you particularly like to read or write about?