Here’s a nice story for the Christmas season: “The Song of the Minster,” by William Canton.
As the story says, the arts and crafts can be true worship of God. When humans collaborate with living animals or plants, we tame them and make them more themselves, rather than less. But when artists collaborate with the Lord’s inanimate creatures, it allows those creatures to become more themselves, as well.
Turning our back on art, or making things in the service of God deliberately ugly, is a sort of cruelty to the creatures.
This is from an old chapter book with marvelous pictures, and it has been reprinted by St. Augustine Press. It’s too late to order for Christmas; but you can always get something in the New Year!