Me, too msviolets, my daughter and husband save the day when it comes to lifting my spirits. This year, I made homemade chocolates for my family and both my daughter and husband helped out with that. I put on some of my favorite holiday music and Duran Duran (music I play when I feel down) and wrote little stories and sent them in my Christmas cards.
Capricorn, we did something similar in my family as well. We always use old wrapping paper, bags and bows. In fact, we usually pool from the same supply, unless its gifts from Santa. My daughter is 6. We always watch A Nightmare Before Christmas and Hogfather.