Here's an idea from Country Home (December 2007/January 2008): Instead of red and green, focus on white. A big planter box painted white can hold your Christmas tree. (You can put the tree stand on bricks for added height.) Place a glass container full of white ornaments on a glass cake stand; you can put a small wreath at the base of the container. (And here's an idea I do not recommend! Putting clear glass votive candles on your stairs. At the very least they should be colored glass, but I wouldn't put glass or candles on my stairs.) When focusing on white accessories, use fresh greenery for accents. And from that same issue, enhance ornaments with metallic paint and colored pens, ribbons, and sparkles; you can use other plain ornaments for for place markers by painting and monograming them with sticky decals (check out scrapbooking supplies). And put white candles on a white platter; add silver accents.
The December 1997 issue of Country Home suggests gold for dressing up your Christmas party and home. Orange roses; gold ribbon, napkins, and candles; gold-edged plates, also oranges and pears. Again green accents work here.
Christmas collectibles include old ornaments and candy boxes--perfect for Christmas decorating. And the editorial in that issue quotes a sign from a Christmas tree farm--Thank you for chopping at our farm!