I love the idea of advent candles-I for each week of December. At the beginning of each week the family gathers to light the correct number of candles and sing carols. This is a lovely idea! I like the look of the flocked pinecones in the star.
DIY modern perforated christmas trees: uses simple paper mache cones found at the craft store, drill a few holes (sand them a bit as needed) and spray paint white. Set a LED tealight (battery operated) under the cone for the lit up effect!