Advent Wreath - Guide to Meaning~ Awesome tradition to keep focus on the real Christmas. Sunday Dinner: December 1st 2013, December 8th, 15th, 22nd. and then the Christ candle on 24th and/or 25th. Light each in progression until all 4 are light before Christmas day!
Advent calender! - maybe instead of presents write notes in small envelopes. Open each day for something fun to do for the holiday. (watch xmas movie, drive around to see xmas lights, make homemade hot cocoa,etc.)
Branches, rope, and some number-stamped muslin bags are all it takes to create this festive countdown-to-Christmas calendar: http://www.bhg.com/christmas/crafts/low-cost-christmas-projects/?socsrc=bhgpin120114hangingcountdownchristmascalendar&page=8