I don't know these particular situations but, in the real world some companies take the end of the year holiday pretty seriously and close between Christmas and New Years for vacations and compiling the years taxes. I have a few contractors I depend on, we continue to work but, getting ahold of anyone is not going to happen. Suppliers get a little crazy with end of the year inventories needing to be compiled over a couple days and things like that. They sell down stock and it will take all of January to be restocked just to avoid higher inventory tax. All chaulked up to more and more ineffeciencies and not making money.
Another fabulous post from the U.S.Department of Wild Imaginings, now in spectaclar stereo, sponsored by the Adhesives and Sealants Council, suggesting ways to stick things together since the 1800s. Not fabulous in a gay way. Your results may vary. Illinois residents add 8% sales tax. These posts have been made by professional post makers, do not try this type of posting on your own without extensive training, lovely assistants and a trusty clown horn.