Last Christmas my cousin brought his precious kiddos into town. I had them over one morning for a gingerbread brunch. Blythe and I have been crafting together since she was 6 months old. Really. She was more a victim at the time-paint a hand/force her to stamp something with it, at the time, but now she loves crafting and she has a little brother, Jonathan to join her.
I found some bird houses for a dollar and sprayed them brown to look like gingerbread houses. I decided this would be easier than the 'real thing' this year.
I found a bunch of glittery foam stickers and jewels and let them go forth and decorate.
The thought is they can maybe even hand these little treasures on a tree of their own....or at least keep them for a fun memory for a month or two.
We also decorated gingerbread cookies. I used store bought gingerbread dough and a canned icing. I bought a bunch of misc candy.
...and they put their artistic skills to work.
I also had them paint some little wooden angel ornaments. Yes, gingerbread men would have been better, but Blythe and I already did a gingerbread themed ornament one year....
Blythe wrote her name with a silver pen and I added a bell and a bow to the front. I appreciate that as long as all the letters are present, it counts as her name. Cutest. Name. Ever.