if your kids are bored today (and why would my kids bored with all their new christmas gifts?!?! another post for another time! :/), like mine are, and won't stop fighting long enough for me to clean one room, like mine are, - put them to work making new year's eve noise makers. all it takes is a finely decorated tp roll, staples, and some dry rice. easy peasy. i am hoping our guests don't mind too much, because the boys won't put them down. but, it remedied the above problems wonderfully, AND they even made one for each other instead of for themself, so they can shake the heck out of them as far as i'm concerned! :)
again, happy new year!