HACK A PIANO
If it seems likely that you’ll find yourself at a relative’s house over break, and that relative has a dusty old, out-of-tune piano in the other room, and you’re surrounded by fruit-cake eating aunts and uncles, why not sneak off and see if this approach to playing the piano actually works.
There are several more lessons if you really get into it.
Scan old photos
If you find the conversation during holiday gatherings turning to toxic political banter, break out your phone, ask for the photo albums, and start scanning. You’ll be hearing embarrassing stories about your family members before the egg nog is gone. AND you’ll have pretty great digital archive of your family photographs (complete with facial recognition).
Take up knitting
It’s meditative, inexpensive, and you get to make those clicking sounds. AND you get great articles of clothing when you’re finished… scarves, hats, sweaters, golf club covers, etc.
Plus! People who knit are universally more interesting than people who do not.