I think it's natural to get reflective at the end of each year. I like to dedicate December to thinking about what I have accomplished in the past year, and what I would like to accomplish in the next.
If you still have some Christmas gifts to knit, then you are in luck! One of the biggest trends I saw this year was big huge chunky knits. The Gap seems to be the biggest proponent of this fashion trend, although Anthropologie had some notable giant scarves and cowls as well, if memory serves. We're talking about 1, maybe 2 stitches to the inch, tops.
We are getting down to the wire when it comes to Christmas knitting. Every year I tell myself I won't knit anything for Christmas, or that I will knit something earlier in the year and save it for Christmas. And every year I find myself doing last-minute calculations a week before Christmas in despair.
Kids love playing with Playdough. Playdough can get expensive after awhile because kids often forget to put the lid back on the container. This allows the Playdough to dry out and become useless. Plus, parents and kids are limited to using the colors available for sale in the store.
One Christmas I saw an invitation to create a gingerbread house at our local Wetlands Institution. There was a small fee to do this, but it sounded like so much fun. I took my two girls and two of their friends. We had such a blast making the gingerbread houses that I vowed to make some at home this year. The craft is a great way to connect as a family.