Go ahead, get that super-long pine garland and hang it from the ceiling so it drapes all the way to the floor.
Take a fresh approach to your holiday decorations. For a simply classic look, fill white ceramics with small evergreens, culinary herbs, or Christmas tree trimmings.
Layer different types of green garland to create contrast in colors and style. Then accent your mantel with pinecones, feathers, and berries.
Take advantage of fragrant spring bulbs and use them to create a unique mantel masterpiece.
Don't be limited by evergreens for your mantel; use what is native to your region. Palm fronds can add an exotic, tropical feel.
If you're not using your fireplace for an actual fire, use it to enhance your holiday motif. An old chest or dresser can be used in front of the fireplace to display candles.