We decided that getting together to make Christmas cookies would be a great study break during Finals Week. Meg and MJ came out in the morning to help make the cookies, and wave two came in the afternoon to decorate them. We played Christmas music, had the fire going, and just had a relaxing time rolling out the dough, selecting the cutters, and then baking and decorating the cookies. And, of course, eating them at every stage along the way. I always loved eating the raw dough, so I always let my kids (big or small) eat the dough, so we had to taste it along the way in all of it's different stages.
It was also fun seeing them decorate the cookies, and how their choices about that say a lot about who they are. Meg wanted them to be decorated as they would naturally occur in the world (trees should be green, and candy canes should be red and white), but MJ had more of a "liberal" decoration scheme. Also, I learned that MJ had never rolled out the dough, or made icing. So, we let her do it all--everyone should know how to make cookies!! :)