I always do Christmas decorating with my mom. Every year it's a different theme.
My favourite so far (last year's): Japanese paper cranes (representing peace, longevity, and happiness) handmade from origami paper in various oriental designs, pierced through with needle and strung up with gold string. Complemented by miniature paper lantern lights in Christmas colours. Finished off with small jasmine incense cones (cones - not sticks!), upon which we applied a bit of superglue at the tips and then attached them to silver string to be hung as ornaments.
This one took a little time (100 paper cranes and 50 incense cones, anyone? ), but it was definitely worth it. A different and meaningful, but rather understated look. Plus, the jasmine cones definitely added a sort of exotic top note to the natural pine smell
I really like the whole East Meets West thang.