As someone who makes it their business to read and relax on family vacations and during holiday gatherings, I have some extremely practical advice for you this fall and winter.
There’s an art to this process, and I will share the reading preservation skills I’ve developed over a lifetime.
The Ultimate Guide to Reading (and Relaxing) During the Holidays
Go on vacation alone.
Aaaaaaaand you’re done. …Ok, so this suggestion is not the MOST practical, but it has its merits.
No one to bother you with requests to go out and do things. Just you, your books and a cozy room to read in. Just think about it.
Master the ability to read in the midst of noise.
This is VITAL. Tuning out white noise, direct questions and distractions is such a great skill as a reader. I’ve still got to work on developing this talent, but it’s very important if you want to actually physically be with family while they’re visiting.
Belong to a family who also loves to read. If your family doesn’t like to read, then adopt a different family who does.
If there can be one moment when everyone’s together and everyone’s quiet and/or reading, that would be fantastic.
Does your family all read? My mom reads YA books, which is awesome, because we trade books with each other. My husband reads business books, so we can read together despite being on opposite ends of the genre spectrum.
Bring a selection of books – on your eReader, physical books or BOTH.
On vacation it’s key to have options. I find that I’m more restless on vacation. Probably because silly things like family time distract me from my reading.
So, make sure you’ve got several books loaded on your eReader and even bring a few physical books as well. And, if you’re away from home, bring double the number of books. Gotta have backups.
Pretend to go to bed early to maximize reading alone time.
Or you can just jump on the bed like Kevin. But if you’re dedicated to reading, beg off with a headache or tiredness and lay in your bed and relax and read. That is seriously THE BEST.
Snuggle under the covers, light a fire (if you live in cold climates, unlike me) and dig in.
Choose the right snacks. This is crucial.
Have you ever tried eating at the same time as reading? It’s challenging unless you have the right snacks.
Nothing salty, nothing greasy, nothing that will dribble on you.
My favorite book snacking items:
- Coffee/hot chocoloate
- Cheez-its or other bite-sized snacks
- Chocolate (duh)
- Cheese & pretzels
What easy items do you eat when you’re reading?
Say no to all requests that involve leaving warm rooms with comfy couches.
(Or underneath beds).
JUST DON’T DO IT! NEVER LEAVE. Done.
What vacation reading and relaxing tips do you have?