This year my boys chose to create our Winter Solstice lanterns in colors reminiscent of the sunset. You can find the directions for the cylinder lantern and the dodecahedron star lantern here at MCS, and I used this video to figure out the technique needed to fold the 8-pointed star lantern.
I adore the colors that the boys used in their paintings, and these lanterns look lovely whether they're lit up or not. As always, use caution when mixing candles with paper lanterns. I highly recommend using battery-operated tealights in the smaller lanterns.
(I need to pick up some more. That's why my 8-pointed star isn't lit here!).
There's just something magical about candlelight that seems to chase away the dreariness from these short, dark days. I hope that you and your family are having a wonderful and peaceful holiday season!