The Jester's CapIt could have been a worse effect. Is it too late to make a Scanners reference?
The nice thing about the 'off-season' at work is that you feel that the noose is tied a bit looser. Downside to that, though, is when the off-season isn't going to be as long as you wished, and there are hints that it might pick right back up again after the holidays pass.
Either way, enjoy the downtimes the best that you can. I hope I can do the same.