Who said you can’t decorate your home with string lights whenever you want? That’s ridiculous. Making your room like a starry heaven can be really impressive. The best thing about it is that you can do it yourself.
DIY advent calendar using favor tins and a free printable. You can put a small candy or toy inside, as well as a note announcing an advent activity. This would also work really well as a countdown calendar to anything--Disney World, Valentine's Day, etc.