The Christmas season is not a time to rein in your job search efforts; it is a time to intensify them. There is a myth that the holiday season is a poor time to job hunt. Actually December is a wonderful time to search for a new job.
The interviewer asks: Why has it taken you so long to find a job?
It’s difficult to believe that employers are still asking this type of question. Don’t they read the newspapers or listen to the news? If they were informed, they would know the answer; i.e. jobs are very scarce and difficult to find these days, and unemployment is still high, despite improvements in the economic picture.