I made this Advent wall hanging the year our daughter was born. She was born in November, so it was a few years before she could appreciate it. Inside each pocket is a Christmas ornament to be placed on the tree. The first ornament is always a star for the top of the tree and the last ornament is always Santa, put on the tree on Christmas Eve.
After our son was born, there was always a little argument over who could put the first ornament on the tree. Very quickly, our son realized that the first person to choose never got to put the Santa on the tree. So he would cleverly pretend that he wanted to go first, then suddenly become gracious and let his older sister put on the star. Sister picked up quickly on this and once again there was a little argument every year.
The Advent calendar has weathered thirty-five years of use, and still looks pretty good, considering the fact that the ornaments were moved on a regular basis.
We purchased a small nativity with clay figurines even before we had children. Always called the "children's nativity," this set has been re-arranged countless times every Christmas. I've always kept the figures wrapped in tissue paper, inside a box with sections in it. The children took turns selecting a slot which contained a figure. When they were small, the biggest decorating excitement came from being the lucky person who picked the Baby Jesus. Throughout the holiday season, the children would move the figures all over the place. You may note that the angel has lost some paint on her wings. She did a lot of flying around, assisted by the children.
Another "kid friendly" nativity is this one.
Our son and daughter tell me they appreciate that we had some decorations specifically for their use. While they knew not to touch some of the items, they also knew that some were for them alone and they could move them as much as they wanted.
Hope you are enjoying the holidays as much as I am. We have had endless days of fog and mist, along with some rain. I can't recall this many consecutive days without sunshine since we moved here. But with family together, the days are bright. Who cares if it comes from outside or within?