My first impulse was to tell them that what I was doing was too complicated and encourage them to play elsewhere. Then I looked at those hopeful little faces and took a step back to see the whole picture. "How about if I get a couple of these in the oven and then we can make some cookies? And the cookies don't have to wait till Xmas Eve...they can be eaten Today!" Naturally that idea was a hit. They got a baking lesson, we had a warm holiday bonding adventure, and, well, Cookies...yum! Now I'm glad I was able to look at the big picture and make the holidays revolve around the people rather than the preparations. Hopefully, I can remember to stay on the right track through the holidays!