I love burlap because it's rustic (modern, not country), goes with everything, and it's cheap.
Here's a few fantastic Christmas decorating ideas. None of them look too hard and you should be able to whip them up fairly fast. Unless you are me. These are all a pipe dream that won't be happening this year. But I wish they were. Maybe next??
Burlap Peace Banner
Okay, so this one is for Thanksgiving, but totally could say Christamas.
Maybe with a red bow instead of blue.
There are a million creative diy burlap trees on pinterest. If this one doesn't float your boat, find one that does.
I pretty much despise the red and white stockings. This is a nice alternative. Maybe hand some bells with ribbon to give it a little extra something.