The night after the fire, in an attempt to distract the kidoodles, I plopped some canning jars on the table with fake snow, glitter, a few birds and butterflies, glittery pinecones - that sort of thing. Junior just wanted to play Legos but he played right next to us as we dug into all the sparkly stuff. The smoke filters were blowing all around us like the center of a hurricane. Kids find normality so easily. Their default seems to be "play."
Juniorette made a bird nest out of fluffy pom pons, glitter and snow. We put the other blue bird on some snow to keep the first one company. She spent ages making these (there are a few more) and lined them all up on the mantel. I was looking at them today, thinking how pretty and glittery they all looked above the fireplace.
Since that room is too dark for a photo, you'll have to take my word for it. I think we'll do some more like this tonight. It's fun, inexpensive and you can recycle them from year to year, change the contents or just keep them with a date on the bottom. This is one of the best Christmas projects we've ever done together, perhaps because it provided calm in the middle of the storm.