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Last Christmas, I finally had to retire a dough ornament I made back when I was a little elf. It had disintegrated from its previously glorious amorphous bear shape into a ragged salty puck with a stubbed nose. Strangely enough, it had fit in for years with our shiny ’50s painted-glass balls, our dozen or so Santa ornaments, and our mishmash of pig, cat, and dog figurines. Let your budding little Martha Stewarts and Indiana Joneses create their own priceless cookie-dough ornaments today at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum’s sixth annual Cookie Decorating Workshop. They’ll get to make their very own contributions to the family tree, inspired by artifacts from the museum’s collection. And they’ll learn about the history of Alexandria’s material culture without any messy digging. Even better, they won’t be bringing you any sequin-covered Styrofoam balls or spray-painted macaroni. From 1 to 4 p.m. at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Suite 327, Alexandria. Free. (703) 838-4399. (Liz Eckstein)