Nice star wreath with moss on a star form and fastened by wrapping string. Red or jute cord would look nice too. I like the way the old board with peeling paint is used as a backdrop and the vignette is placed on a red table.
In Denmark we have a lovely tradition of counting down to christmas with a numbered candle, on the of december you burn number on the of december number 2 and so on . On christmas eve you burn the final number - and its finally christmas :)