I am not sure how it is in other places, but we are pretty lucky here in that in addition to the actual day of Christmas Day we always get a public holiday for Boxing Day as well, and if those days happen to fall on the weekend, then we get substitute public holidays for Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and then again for New Year's Day. What does that mean? It means that by taking 2 days of holiday leave, I actually have to work 1 day in 10!
Now before you think that perhaps that means lots of reading time, it doesn't often work out that way for me. Most times when I have vacation time I get less reading time than usual, let alone when I have houseguests etc.
Take yesterday for example. I got up in the morning, cooked lasagne for dinner in my new large lasagne dish, watched a bit of cricket (the Boxing Day test at the MCG is a strong Australian sporting tradition) and then went into the city to see Hairspray, which was awesome! Here's the Australian cast of Hairspray when they appeared on Hey Hey It's Saturday.
I read on the train for a few minutes but not all that long as I was chatting to my brother, and that was it for reading time really.
After we got home, had the dinner which I prepared earlier, watched a few Top Gear episodes (that show always makes me laugh and they had a marathon on yesterday), and then watched Going Postal, based on the book by Terry Pratchett, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I am going to have to see if I can find Hogfather and watch that again too! Last time it was on TV I started to watch it, but kept on falling asleep!
Hairspray + Going Postal = good Boxing Day!