I ran across something today that would make taking photos of little ones during the holidays much easier if you use a DSLR camera. DSLRs are known for the adjustability and you can generally make them take good photos that are bright enough even if the room is dark .The catch is that if your exposure times get too long you need a tripod or end up with blurry pics.
A device called Lightscoop makes your DSLR flash work better so hopefully you can take photos in auto mode in a hurry and not have to fiddle with manual settings. The Lightscoop is a plastic device with a mirror that sits around your flash. It shoots the light from the flash into the air and bounces it off the ceiling.
Bouncing the flash off the ceiling makes the entire image brighter and keeps the flash from blinding your subject. You can get the thing for just about any DSLR camera including Nikon, Canon, Pentax, and Sony among others. The Sony cameras have a specific Lightscoop and the others have one that works for multiple cameras. A single warming or standard Lightscoop is $29.95 and you can get both for $49.95.