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Next year you'll crochet 24 miniature, monogrammed reindeer socks, you will, and you'll arrange them into a prize-winning Christmas countdown calendar. This year, though, it's pretty paper bags on a string -- the exact mix of simple and lovely we're all craving right about now.

Use markers or stamps to number 24 small bags (we used Martha Stewart Tiny Floral Party Bags, $5 for 4 at Michaels, but any small bag will do; for heavier treats use larger bags or reinforce the straps on those with tape).

Attach bags to string or ribbon with clothespins (tiny ones, shown above, work well) and tack the ends to a mantel, railing, or wall. If you're short on space, hang the string in swags or clip two bags to one pin. Tuck a tiny gift inside each bag (see suggestions below). To deter peeking, wait until the night before to fill each one.

In the bags...

  • Origami paper
  • Stickers
  • Certificate for ice cream for breakfast
  • Bubbles
  • Lip balm
  • Character bandages
  • Passes to the local zoo or aquarium
  • Costume jewelry
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Certificate for extra computer time
  • Trading cards
  • Toy cars
  • Nail polish
  • Certificate for time alone with Mom or Dad
  • Glitter crayons
  • Finger puppets
  • Silly putty
  • Mini playing cards
  • New toothbrush
  • Keychain
  • Special erasers
  • Mini bouncy ball
  • Tickets to an event or the movies
  • And it wouldn't be Christmas without some chocolate

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