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Occasions can be stressful times, especially when families get together. Having a bombshell dropped at a family dinner would be a whole lot more dramatic if it was meant to be a celebration of some kind. Deaths always seem more tragic at Christmas or around a birthday. Just think about the number of times Halloween has been used to ramp up the tension in horror stories. Whatever time of year your story is set in, there is bound to be a holiday of some kind, can you use this to your advantage?
Be careful though. Don't just add occasions such as birthdays or Christmas for the sake of it. If it doesn't further your plot or reveal something important about a character then leave it out, you will just bore the reader and pull them out of the story.
Have you ever used an occasion in your fiction? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you.