BUT the children can still be reading and writing over this time! As well as reading their own books, they can be borrowing from the local library.
Remember that reading happens in many places, not just within the covers of a book. Children can be reading along with e-books, and most children enjoy using the computer to play online games which often have written directions. Technology, including X-Box and Play Station, puzzles, comic books and board games all provide fun opportunities for reading practice.
Your child might write captions for some holiday photos, or write letters / emails to friends and family.
I have put many links to online books and games on the Useful Fun Links page of this blog.
There are also many Youtube Christmas stories to enjoy.