There are lots of benefits to kids making wrapping paper - creative artistic expression for the kids, quiet time for you, and one of a kind wrapping paper for your gifts! I love this example at Warm Hot Chocolate.
These are lovely cookies to make and everyone should give them a try at least once. I remember thinking that it was almost magical seeing the hard candies melt into transparent colored glass - I think I'll add this to our advent activity list. Get the easy how-to at Yankee Magazine and remember you can do any shape, not just stars, that suits your fancy.