Not that kind of Dead.
A friend of mine used to refer to the week between Christmas and New Year's as "the dead zone," the time when one set of festivities is over and the next one has not yet begun. My friend used to throw a party during the dead zone, giving us all something to do besides wait for the ball to drop later in the week.
But I'm older now, and I don't mind a little quiet time. I've got my calendar and planner organized for the coming year, the Chrismas decorations are put away, and my jewelry work area (which was taken apart to make way for cookie baking) is back in the corner of the living room.
I've been spending time listening to music, or to the wind, or to the calls of the crows outside. I've been drawing, and thinking about new jewelry designs. I've been getting in bed early with the first of the Palliser novels.
It's been lovely.