I believe in a lifestyle of learning and seek to create that atmosphere every day no matter the season, but we all need a break from the more formal look of learning and a chance to just be and dream and do whatever. I think I told you a while back that we are doing a three month on/one month off homeschooling "schedule" this year. I made sure that the "one month off" would be December! I wanted our Advent season to be filled with unstructured days to allow for baking, movies, making, playing games, decorating. As December came along though, all of our "schoolish" stuff in our dining room kept staring at me and I felt this vague sense of guilt that we weren't having structured learning.
How to remedy that?
We brought down all of our holiday decorations that are stored in big Rubbermaid bins. We emptied the bins and into those bins went anything resembling "school" :) And it was all whisked away to the attic! In place of all the books and manipulatives that lined the shelves in our dining room, we put decorations, a Christmas CDs and board games!
It truly *feels* like a vacation now. And come January I think all those school-y things will look new and interesting again. Until then, we can simply operate as a home and not a homeschool. I like that!