Holiday time is a great time to get a "little help" in the kitchen. It's a busy cooking and baking time that could include children.
It may seem like inviting extra work, but if you look at it from a different angle, it's a chance to spend time with children and have them help you. I see a few eye rolls and hear a few 'you must be kidding' comments, but think about it. They can:
get out utensils and set them in the sink/wash them as you finish with them
hand you bowls, pans, pots and ingredients
stir, mix, sift and measure (with guidance)
entertain you with their ideas, songs and questions
Sure it may take a few minutes of extra planning and you may need extra space for a helper, but it can also make memories for you and them. We gather at celebrations centered around food, why not include children in the preparation as well?