According to CareerCast.com, the outlook for holiday employment is bright.  The job search site also says that the odds that a temporary gig will turn permanent are better than at any time in the past few years.   And on their list of "Best and Worst Holiday Jobs of 2012", at up to $100 an hour, being Santa is at the top of the "best" side.   But, being an elf tops the "worst" list.   Also a bad job: Christmas tree lot attendant.  Parcel deliverer for FedEx and UPS, which can pay about $18 and hour qualifies as a good job.

Which seasonal jobs have the best chance of becoming permanent?  Retail salesperson and food server.   I noticed one other seasonal job on the CareerCast's "best" list.  Whether permanent or temporary, the pay is zero.  The job: Volunteer.