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Ah the holidays... I love them! Time spent at home puttering around the house, making crafts and cooking... it doesn’t get any better. I celebrate Christmas at home with all the bells and whistles and a tree, of course (this year I may do two).

Recently I was chatting with my colleague Kai Ethier about when you should put up a real tree. Kai let me in on a little kid-friendly holiday project that I thought was a great idea. She has a little guy of two years at home, and as I can attest with two kids of my own, the holidays mean candy and treats galore — it’s hard to get away from all the sugar.

Instead of an advent calendar with sweets, Kai filled 25 little bags with ornaments that she already had at home. The Christmas tree went up on December 1st, and every day her little guy opens a bag and hangs an ornie on the tree. I love this idea — it’s so simple and such a fun tradition to start. You could hang or place the little bags around the mantle or simply pile them in a pretty basket, and even adorn them with numbers from 1 to 25. All you need are the little bags, which are easy to find at craft stores.

Photo Blog Christmas Holidays Advent Ornaments Tree

This photo from Martha Stewart sets the scene, doesn’t it?

Photo Blog Christmas Holidays Advent Ornaments Burlap Bags

These little burlap bags are super cute and chic.

Photo Blog Christmas Holidays Advent Ornaments Candy Bags

Paper candy bags with windows are an easy go-to option, too. Just remember to wrap the ornaments in a little tissue paper to keep the surprise inside hidden.

Photo Blog Christmas Holidays Advent Ornaments Brown Paper Bags

Basic brown paper bags are classic — and easy to decorate.

Photo Blog Christmas Holidays Advent Ornaments Cotton Bags

You can’t go wrong with natural cotton bags — a little fabric paint and you’re in business.

Or hang the little bags from your mantel like Kai did below. Check out her cutie unveiling an ornament — priceless!

Photo Blog Morgan Michener Ornaments Christmas

Photo Blog Morgan Michener Ornaments Christmas

See our Christmas Decorating Ideas photo gallery for more fun tips.

Photo credits:
1. Martha Stewart
2-5. Creative Bag

6-7. Kai Ethier

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