I wouldn't say I hate to bake, I rather like baking and the sweet reward that comes with doing it! However, as a mom to a three and a four year old, it's hard to keep them interested, let alone clean, with a big project like making Christmas cookies. So, I have some tips for making this a wonderful experience for your family that ends with happy kids and mom, as opposed to mom ripping out her hair and two kids sitting in timeout.
First, and most importantly, do not mess with making up the cookie dough yourself. It takes too much time, it's more of a mess than you need to deal with (dishes, flour everywhere and on everyone, etc.). Instead, buy the dough from your local grocery store's dairy shelf. Pillsbury has a nice affordable sugar cookie dough tube, and that's what I use. I've also seen some cookies that are already cut-out for you and all you have to do is bake and decorate.