Brentford at the weekend, Leeds on Tuesday and Wigan on Saturday. The festive schedule is well underway, with the Royals playing 270 minutes of football in one week.
But that is something Reading defender Michael Morrison says will judge how far the team has come, and what the squad is pushing for this season.
The visit of Leeds on Tuesday night will see Reading play their second match in a run that'll see them play 10 Championship matches in the space of 38 days - making it a crucial time as the league table takes shape for the second half of the season.
Despite a narrow defeat at Brentford, Morrison insists getting a result at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday can still set them up for a good week.
"This whole week will show how far this team has come. Brentford, Leeds then Wigan to finish up, so it’ll be a good barometer of where we are and what we’re pushing for," Morrison said.
"If we can get a win at home, it sets it up to still be a good week. It’s an important game and we want to get back to winning ways. We certainly don’t want back-to-back defeats.
"It is important we get back on the horse and get some points to keep us ticking over. We will be aiming for the three points, but it's important to keep getting points.
"You look at our home form recently, three wins in a row. We are looking positive and we think it’s a game we can go and win.
"We have strengths that they’ll have to deal with - it will be a good game of football and we’ll be itching to get back and win the game.
"Leeds always bring good support. It will be nice to play under the lights and we will be giving everything."