I can't help you out with what is going on this year, but for the last 25 years or so, this time of year until about the 2nd or 3rd week of January has always been horrendous as far as work is concerned. It is usually really dead.
40 pages Monday, cancellation Tuesday, and 2-hour job tomorrow, Wed., that will probably be 1 hour. I know someone in my area who's really busy. All I know for sure is that the phone will start ringing again with good work. Getting things done now that I never have time for.
I'd say hoping for work the last two weeks of December is unrealistic! Better to use those weeks for vacation if possible. Yes, must enjoy the down time because it is guaranteed to end much sooner than later.
I've been busy. Took four jobs last week, two all-days, one of which was realtime, and two half-days. So far I've worked both days this week. Today's job was a 300-page expert that was ordered 2-day -- yes, due Christmas Eve! I'm already getting calls for the first week of January, thank goodness.