Or do you feel guilty if you do?
This is excluding deadlines, a deadline is a deadline!
But just in the course of a wip or something of that nature, do you feel okay to "give it (and yourself) a bit of a rest?"
Usually, I use the holiday season to edit what I've already written and/or to write book concept pages for future novels so when I finally get around to writing them, my memory is refreshed as to the idea I had originally conceived. That's what works for me, anyway. I also use the holidays to promote works I already have out there.
thank you for that. you're way ahead of me. first time in my life i am writing seriously. actually writing full time now. I finished a first draft of a novel i am writing and hope to start the second draft shortly. you really work on something on Christmas day?¬ I admire you!!
Re the lunacy in the shops and streets, that's why my wife and I have all our holiday shopping done by Thanksgiving. We shop throughout the year for appropriate gifts for grandkids, kids, etc. Sometimes we might go out on Chrismas eve and have an early dinner and buy a last-minute gift for each other. Kinda romantic.