"Elf on the Shelf" alternative - the "Wandering Wisemen." Move the Wisemen around the house as they search for Jesus. The kids have fun finding them all over the house. They Wisemen can face obstacles, maybe stop for food and drinks etc until Christmas morning when they arrive at the Nativity. (This idea is actually kind of cute!)
25 crafts of christmas // EPP star ornament
Cone Christmas Tree Crochet Patterns - Petals to Picots
07c by Diana Prince, via Flickr
Start with a balloon and some twine and end up with a Glitter Twine Ball Ornament! So easy!
Christmas Eve box!!! They get new pjs, a Christmas movie, hot chocolate, snacks for the movie, etc!!!