Making stained glass cookies is really fun and something you should try to do at least once. By using hard candies it makes the whole process easier and more kid friendly (they still get hot though!). Diary of a Mad Hausfrau has a nice tutorial for stained glass mosaic cookies and also shares this fabulous poinsettia version!
Strands of yarn strung through perforated paper (on the left) and from wire (on the right) make novel beards for these Santas. Found at Peikonpoika, there's not a lot of detail in how they are made but enough to get you started on this cute idea.