Some of my favorite Christmas memories growing up center around very simple craft projects. The time spent together with friends and family was valuable and certainly made the memory. But I can't help but wonder if some of the magic was in the simplicity of the project. Once kids are school age they can handle the scissors and tape (or stapler) skills needed to make a paper chain. I remember year after year creating the red and green paper chains that we hung across the doorway to the kitchen. I think the success of the project helped build the moment. We glowed with pride after producing a lacy paper snowflake. Or a chain of paper girls or boys that actually stayed together. You'll need a few more supplies, but what about making orange pomanders? Or pipe cleaner candy canes?